IV Therapy Complications

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Issues Intravenous fluid therapy has been used for almost 200 years and remains a fundamental part of hospital patient care. There is always danger involved with prescribing and giving people iv fluids. The wrong administration of IV fluids such as the incorrect volume or the incorrect type of fluid could result in serious complications. Peripheral Intravenous Catheters (PIVCs) are a tool in the delivery of patient care. PIVCs enable people to have therapies such as medications, fluids and nutrition to reach patients quickly and effectively through the bloodstream. A study found a complication rate for PIVCs in place for 96 hours to be close to 50 percent. Some of the most recognized complications of PIVCs are phlebitis, occlusion, infiltration and extravasation and IV infection. Some of these complication could and in the past have caused death among patients. Many complications with IV fluids are leading up to more dangers complications. Most can be treated but they are very painful but some complications are life threatening such as deep thrombophlebitis caused by the building of a clot in a blood vessel. Some complications caused by IV therapy are very costly such as occlusion because they have to replace the catheter. Also many effects caused by IV therapy cannot be noticeable until the IV is taken off. This is very dangers because if the complication is not treated over a period of time it could evolve into something more dangers. In this project I will describe
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