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What is IV infiltration??? What is IV infiltration???

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Unread 07-16-2005, 02:32 PM
What is IV infiltration???

Hello,

One week, two days post op. I just noticed weird bruise lines going up my arm. My vein is still very sore and puffy in areas since the IV was removed. I now notice that I have tenderness up further on my arm.

I have noticed some ladies discussing IV filtration...
What is that?
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Unread 07-16-2005, 02:46 PM
What is IV infiltration???

I get infiltrated occasionally when I donate plasma or platelets, my understanding is that the needle isn't all the way in your vein or has gone too far and poked out the back. Then the fluid being pumped in spreads into the surrounding tissue bypassing the vein at least in part. For me it has caused some swelling and bruising since I was receiving my own red blood cells back, but no real problems. It only happens while you have an IV in.

This is just my understanding from my own experiences and I am NOT a health care worker at all. You might check with a website like webmd.com and search for the term infiltration for a better definition. Also, if you have blue lines running up your arm there might be a chance your IV site got infected and the infection is starting to spread, although I would **guess** that you'd have other more noticeable symptoms first. Still, I strongly recommend you see a doctor soon. Just in case.

Good luck!
katie67
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Unread 07-16-2005, 02:46 PM
What is IV infiltration???

IV infiltration is when leakage of IV solutions or medication into the surrounding tissue.

I have Phenegran Infiltration after my post op infection, and 4 weeks later I still have a hard cord vein. My doctor looked at it at my 5 weeks post op and told me I have scarring in my vein. He said it will heal but well take 6 months to a year for mine to heal. If I bump mine at all it hurts like a charley horse and swells up for a few days.
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Unread 07-16-2005, 03:48 PM
What is IV infiltration???

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Originally Posted by loujill
Hello,

One week, two days post op. I just noticed weird bruise lines going up my arm. My vein is still very sore and puffy in areas since the IV was removed. I now notice that I have tenderness up further on my arm.

I have noticed some ladies discussing IV filtration...
What is that?
Dear loujill,
Sorry you're having problems with your IV site. Katie actually has a pretty good grasp on what an IV infiltration is. She said, "my understanding is that the needle isn't all the way in your vein or has gone too far and poked out the back. Then the fluid being pumped in spreads into the surrounding tissue bypassing the vein at least in part." If a vein is infiltrated, its cool to the touch, puffy and blanched (because of the fluid). The symptoms you're describing, "soreness, puffiness, and tenderness further up your arm" indicate it could be something called 'phlebitis' which is inflammation of the vein. I advise you to call your doctor and tell him/her your symptoms. Until you can see him/her, you can take an antiinflammatory (such as Advil/Ibuprophen), and apply warm compresses Your doctor may want to order further tests just to be sure everything is ok.

hth,
Barb
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Unread 07-17-2005, 12:12 PM
What is IV infiltration???

Boy do I know what that is! When I was induced to have my son, I thought my arm was swelling. Nurses kept saying the IV was fine. Well, by the time they actually removed it- my whole hand and arm up to the elbow was full of fluid! It looked like it belonged to Popeye! I couldn't even bend my fingers to grasp the bed when it was time to push. It took probably a week for all the fluid to go away.
I don't remember darkened veins, though. That may be something else. Have someone take a peek at that. I had a checkup at 2 weeks, but went back at 3 for my incision that won't heal in one spot, and at 5 weeks for the vertigo I have now. I feel like they are sick of seeing me! I have a scheduled 6 week appt. on Friday. You may not feel like bothering them, but perhaps you should be seen. Be safe.
Good luck, and
L
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