What is the most common IV complication?

What is the most common IV complication?

The most common include:

  1. Phlebitis. Inflammation of the vein.
  2. Extravasation. This happens when the liquid in the IV leaks to the tissue surrounding the vein.
  3. Air Embolism. This happens when an air bubble (or air bubbles) enters the vein.
  4. Hypervolaemia. This is an abnormal increase in blood volume.
  5. Infection.

Is it normal to have swelling after an IV?

Clinically, you will notice swelling of the soft tissue surrounding the IV, and the skin will feel cool, firm, and pale. Small amounts of IV fluid will have little consequence, but certain medications even in small amounts can be very toxic to the surrounding soft tissue.

What to do if extravasation occurs?

If extravasation occurs, the injection should be stopped immediately and the IV tubing disconnected. Avoid applying pressure to the site, and do not flush the line. Leave the original catheter in place, and attempt to aspirate as much of the infiltrated drug as possible.

What to do if IV site is swollen?

If you have bruising or swelling, put ice or a cold pack on the area for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin. Shower or bathe as usual. Be gentle using the area around the IV site for a day or two.

What happens if you give too much IV fluids?

Complications related to the regulation of fluids include giving too much fluid too rapidly, causing fluid overload. Alternatively, not enough fluid may be given or it’s released too slowly. Overload can cause symptoms such as a headache, high blood pressure, anxiety, and trouble breathing.

What are some common problems with catheter removal?

The following information will help you care for yourself. Common problems after a catheter is removed: • Burning and/or stinging when you pass urine ( pee ). This will get better. • You may have to pass urine very often for the first few days. This will also get better.

What are the symptoms after a catheter removal?

Urinary Catheter Removal. Possible symptoms after removal of a catheter: Your child may complain of a slight feeling of burning when he or she urinates after the catheter is removed. This is normal. If the feeling of burning continues for more than one day, call your child’s healthcare provider.

How painful is a catheter removal?

Catheter removal after prostate cancer surgery can cause painful urination as well as pain even when sitting. “Most of the time, bladder pain after catheter removal goes away relatively quickly, on the order of a few hours to a few days,” says Michael Herman, MD, director of urologic oncology at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, NY.

How long after catheter removed?

For open surgery, the catheter is removed aftertwo to three weeks. However, with a laparoscopic prostatectomy, the catheter is removed seven days after the operation. This is done in our office guided by X-ray to ensure the urethra is properly connected to the bladder.