IV Infiltration

Sometimes fluid from your IV leaks under your skin. This is called an infiltration.

HOME CARE

  • Put an ice pack on the puffy (swollen) area until the puffiness goes down. Place the ice pack on the swollen area 4 times a day for 10 minutes at a time.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place the towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Keep the swollen area above your chest as much as you can until the swelling goes down. Prop your arm up on at least 3 to 4 pillows.

  • Avoid tight fitting clothing, watches, or jewelry near the swollen area.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • The skin around the place where the needle was put in becomes darker and peels.

  • You have red streaks on your skin from the place where the needle was put in.

  • Yellowish white fluid (pus) comes out from the place where the needle was put in.

  • You have a temperature by mouth of 102° F (38.9° C).

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.