I.V. ROUNDS: Preventing and managing peripheral extravasation
Lynn C. Hadaway RN-BC, CRNI, MEd

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Nursing2014
October 2009 
Volume 39  Number 10
Pages 26 - 27
 
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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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