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asked in category: General Last Updated: 14th June, 2020

What are the complications of IV therapy?

Complications of gaining I.V. may include infiltration, hematoma, an air embolism, phlebitis, extravascular drug administration, and intraarterial injection. Intraarterial injection is more rare, but as threatening.

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Beside this, what is a local complication of intravenous therapy?

Local complications of IV therapy are associated with adverse reactions or trauma to the venipuncture site or surrounding tissue. Local complications are rarely life-threatening and are easily recognized early with frequent assessment of the IV site.

Similarly, how do you prevent IV complications?

  1. Select an appropriate I.V. site, avoiding areas of flexion.
  2. Use proper venipuncture technique.
  3. Follow your facility policy for securing the I.V. catheter.
  4. Observe the I.V. site frequently.
  5. Advise the patient to report any swelling or tenderness at the I.V. site.

One may also ask, what happens if you put IV in artery?

Injecting drugs deep enough into the body to hit an artery can be highly dangerous. Blood may pool back into the needle when injecting into an artery, causing a kind of “push-back” that may help a person to recognize they are in an artery and not a vein.

What are some signs and symptoms of IV infiltration?

The signs and symptoms of infiltration include:

  • Inflammation at or near the insertion site with swollen, taut skin with pain.
  • Blanching and coolness of skin around IV site.
  • Damp or wet dressing.
  • Slowed or stopped infusion.
  • No backflow of blood into IV tubing on lowering the solution container.

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