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Intravascular Infusion in Peripheral Vein | Risk of Extravasation Injury

Purpose:

To identify a person at risk for extravasation injury in the soft tissue adjacent to a peripheral vein being used for a drug infusion.

Specialty:

Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

Objective:

risk factors, adverse effects

ICD-10:

T80.1

Description:

Any time a drug is infused through an intravascular catheter there is some risk of extravasation of the infusate. For many drugs this may cause minor symptoms, but chemotherapeutic agents can cause significant morbidity. Recognition of risk factors for significant extravasation injury can help identify those patients who require closer monitoring and more aggressive therapy.

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