IV Complications: What Can Go Wrong?

By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: While IVs are common, they’re not without risks. Common complications include infiltrations, extravasations, hematomas, phlebitis and air embolisms. Infiltrations, extravasations and hematomas occur when fluid leaks into the surrounding tissue. Phlebitis refers to inflammation, or swelling, of the vein. Air embolisms occur if an air bubble enters a vein/artery. […]

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