This course will examine the causes of IV infiltration and extravasation, review the literature, and give guidelines for prevention and management of complications. Included in the course is a case report that highlights an adverse outcome that is all too common in perioperative care.
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The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
After successfully completing this activity, the learner will be able to:
List the factors that predispose to IV infusion injury
Define the terms extravasation, infiltration and compartment syndrome
Identify medications and fluids used in the perioperative setting that are vesicants.
Plan an approach to management of IV infusion injuries including extravasation and compartment syndrome
Letitia J. Easdown, M.D.
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