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Iv Blown Vein
How long for cellulitis of the hand(spread to mid wrist) 2 heal for a patient w a weakened immune system? Caused by blown vein post-IV. On cephalexin
TimeHealsAllWounds: Hard to say. Depends on the severity of the infection, whether the infection had extended inside the vein,the degree of your immunosuppression and the susceptibility of the infection to the cephalexin.Healing tends to be slower at first then accelerate as healing progresses.But for a very general ballpark estimate for you, expect the majority to heal over 2 weeks,then more over the next 1-2 weeks. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
IV vein damage: In order for an IV to enter a vein it has to damage the vein(every time it's placed). Luckily our veins are pretty hardy and they usually recover and heal these injuries. Sometimes we are not so lucky and they clot where they were punctured or rarely even become infected. Compared to the number of IVs placed the percent of complications is pretty low. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Thrombophlebitis: It sounds like a superficial thrombophlebitis, a common complication of having an iv. It just means that the vein has become clotted. This is not a dangerous problem, and can be treated with frequent hot compresses. See a doctor if your arm gets swollen or you get a fever. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Phlebitis: Veins don't like needle being stuck into them and they also don't like having fluids and drugs being flushed through them either. Needles, fluids and chemicals can all cause veins to become inflamed, hard, and sore. We call this phlebitis. Usually, phlebitis resolves on its own once the needle is out and the medicine is stopped. Anti-inflammatory meds can usually make it feel better sooner. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Is it possible for an IV needle/catheter to break off in vein and what would be the consequences and intervention if so?
Yes: They can break but rare. They will break if they are not in the vein usually and they will get stuck under the skin , even if they break in the vein there is nothing to do surgically . But you have to watch for signs of infection at the site like redness , swelling , pain . That means it is getting infected and need to be removed. Very rarely they will move from the vein toward the heart. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
The IV line gets clogged during the night and during next infusion the flushing gives incredible pain. What can be done to make the vein stay clean?
My IV bag ran dry last night for 40 minutes it beeped it was empty. I ended up just walking out should I watch for warnin symptoms of air in veins?
Air in IV line: Not to worry. Small amount of air in IV line is not dangerous, even the whole tube filled with air would be insignificant as the blood would absorb the air as the venous blood is passively returned to the system. Air in arterial lines can be dangerous even in small amounts since i is under pressure and could cause an air embolus. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
My wrist now feels weak where nurses put an IV in my vein, and sometimes it locks up while stretching. What could be wrong with it? Is it serious?
Vein: People with lupus are more prone to clots. Sometimes you can get a clot in the vein the IV was placed in. If it is a superficial clot then it can be treated with warm compresses. You need to have it looked at though to assure it isn't an infection and that there isn't a clot in a deeper vein in the arm. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›