The Possibility Of Embolism After Air Enters The IV Line?
I am now having the infusion installed at my house but it looks like no air is coming through my infusion tube. What should I do.
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The condition that you are afraid to occur is called an air embolism. This condition is actually a very rare condition. Air embolism can occur for several reasons:
certain medical procedures pulmonary injury decompression trauma (in divers who rise to the surface too quickly) labor blast trauma The incidence of air embolism from self-infusion is extremely rare.
Basically, to be able to cause a certain hazard, at least 20 mL of air is required to be injected directly into the peripheral blood vessels. This number is much larger than the tiny air bubbles often seen on IV lines. The little air that enters the blood vessels will usually be self-absorbed into the blood and will not cause certain problems. However, precautions must be taken because if the tiny air bubbles collect before they can be absorbed, the bubbles can coalesce into large bubbles. Therefore you still have to be careful in inserting the infusion and do not leave the infusion hanging empty without being turned off for a long time. Infusion should always be done in a hospital and supervised by medical personnel and should not be done alone at home.
For now there is nothing you need to do as it is unlikely that the tiny air bubbles that enter your veins will have any impact. If you are worried, you should continue your treatment at the hospital instead. Look for signs of an air embolism such as:
shortness of breath that occurs suddenly chest pain that occurs suddenly muscle or joint pain that occurs suddenly symptoms of a stroke a change in mental status (confusion, decreased consciousness, etc.) skin turns blue If you experience these symptoms, immediately go to the hospital.
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