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IV line unhooked, left uncapped. Area terribly sore and red. Remedy?

My 22-year-old daughter had an IV line put in her arm (at the elbow ) in the ER last night. I think they perfurated the vein as she bled everywhere. At one point, she unhooked to use the restroom. The nurse left the tube uncapped and it was left that way for an hour or so. Today she is terribly sore and there is red line running from the IV site up to her armpit. What should she do?
Asked On : Sun, 27 May 2012
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Welcome to Health Care Magic.

I have gone through your query and based on the information provided, the red line could be due to thrombophlebitis of vein .

Using ointments containing heparin ( thrombophobe) should help her. But it may cause rash in few people. Please consult the doctor before using the ointment.Meanwhile hot water sponging or cold pack of the area should help relieve her pain. If the IV line is still connected to the arm, then remove it and get the iv line secured to the other hand.

Hope you got the solution you were looking for.

Wishing your daughter a speedy recovery.

Take Care

Answered: Sun, 27 May 2012
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