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The vast majority of people will, at some point in their life, have to obtain an IV. IVs are utilized often and for a variety of crucial reasons, whether for life-threatening medical conditions or in the course of receiving IV therapy. 

The insertion of an intravenous line can be difficult and complicated, but you can have trust that qualified medical experts will perform it correctly. In other cases, however, medical professionals, such as nurses and doctors, do not implant and monitor intravenous lines with the appropriate level of caution, which results in IV infiltration. 

IV Explained And IV Infiltrations 

The abbreviation "IV" refers to "intravenous," which literally means "inside the vein." In intravenous therapy, fluids, blood products, or nutrients are administered by a thin tube with a needle that is inserted into a vein. IVs are by far the most common method utilized by medical professionals for the rapid and efficient administration of essential medications. 

IVs are introduced into the vein, and the needle is left in place for as long as it is required to be there. When IV infiltration takes place, the fluids that are being administered through the IV seep out of the vein and into the tissue that is around the vein. This presents a particularly high risk, as it may result in the patient suffering catastrophic injuries. 

How Does IV Infiltration Happen? 

Infiltration through an IV line can take place in a number of different ways, including the following: 

  • Incorrect inclusion of words 
  • Putting it in a joint that has a bend and movement that come naturally, like the elbow 
  • Having the IV become entangled in anything, which would cause it to pull. 

It is not only the obligation of the nurse or doctor who is placing the IV to do so in a thorough and accurate manner, but also to monitor your IV once it has been inserted. Monitoring your IV can assist in preventing any potential complications. 

What Symptoms are Associated with Intravenous Infusions? 

In certain circumstances, you might not necessarily be able to tell when IV infiltration has taken place. On the other hand, there are frequently revealing symptoms that point to IV infiltration. 

The following are some of the most prevalent signs that indicate IV infiltration: 

  • Symptoms such as skin redness, edema, or hardness at the IV site 
  • Pain or tenderness 
  • Blanking out (skin lightening around the IV) 
  • Wet dressing around the intravenous catheter 
  • The intravenous line is not functioning properly Experienced medical experts should be able to recognize IV infiltration and commence treatment in order to prevent more issues from occurring. 

Infection Created by IV Drug Treatment

As soon as it is determined that an IV infiltration has occurred, the very first step is to immediately discontinue the administration of fluids and remove the IV as quickly as feasible. 

The use of warm or cold compresses to the afflicted region, as well as elevating the area, can assist alleviate swelling and discomfort. 

The other treatments differ from one another based on the medication that was given via the IV. In certain circumstances, extra medicine may need to be administered in conjunction with the IV infiltration. 

Infiltration through an IV can lead to a number of serious complications. 

In the worst of circumstances, intravenous infiltration can lead to significant consequences, some of which can be long-term, including the following: 

  • Disruption of the nerves in the surrounding region 
  • Burns\Scarring 
  • Skin ulcers and blisters 
  • Reduced use of the limb or extremity that was injured 
  • Amputation 

In most cases, complications are caused by the fluid or medicine that was being administered through the IV, as well as the length of time that the IV infiltration was allowed to continue until the fluids were stopped and the IV was withdrawn. 

Liability Regarding Intravenous Injections 

In the state of Florida, if you suffer from IV infiltration and your healthcare practitioner is responsible for your condition, you may have a case. 

When a doctor or nurse is careless with their work, it frequently leads to errors and missed opportunities. In the event that your physician or nurse put your IV in the wrong location, failed to monitor your IV on a regular basis, or allowed the infiltration to take place without taking any preventative measures, they may be held accountable. 

You may be able to obtain financial compensation for the avoidable injuries and losses you incurred as a result of your encounter with IV infiltration if you hold the guilty party accountable for their actions. 

In The Event That IV Infiltration Was Caused by the Negligence of a Healthcare

Professional, Consult with an Attorney Who Deals with Medical Malpractice

If you have IV infiltration and suffer major medical consequences as a result, you should discuss your case with an experienced attorney who specializes in medical negligence. A lawyer can evaluate the specifics of your case, advise you on the best course of action for establishing culpability, and assist you in your efforts to get financial compensation. 

Contact Nooney, Roberts, Hewett & Nowicki Today!

The attorneys at Nooney, Roberts, Hewett & Nowicki have decades of combined experience in medical malpratice cases. As a passionate firm, we fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve. 

Call us at (904) 398-1992 or fill out a quick form to schedule a free initial consultation with our aggressive medical malpractice attorneys! ¡Hablamos español! We serve clients throughout Florida, including, but not limited to, those in the following localities: Duval County including Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville, and Jacksonville Beach; Hillsborough County including Brandon, Riverview, and Tampa; Leon County including Tallahassee and Woodville; Orange County including Ocoee, Orlando, and Winter Garden; St. Lucie County including Fort Pierce, Lakewood Park, and Port St. Lucie; and Walton County including DeFuniak Springs, Miramar Beach, and Santa Rosa Beach.

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