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Nursing2015

October 2009, Volume 39 Number 10 , p 26 - 27

Author

  • Lynn C. Hadaway RN-BC, CRNI, MEd

Abstract

EXTRAVASATION—the infiltration of a vesicant drug from an I.V. line into surrounding tissue—can occur with either a peripheral or a central venous catheter. This article describes prevention and management of extravasation from a peripheral catheter.

Extravasation occurs when a peripheral catheter erodes through the vessel wall at a second point, when increased venous pressure causes leakage around the original venipuncture site, or when a needle pulls out of the vein. Signs and symptoms of extravasation include edema and changes in the site's appearance and temperature, such as ...

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