Blown Vein?


A 'blown vein' is a problem encountered during the administration of an IV, and occurs when the vein is punctured through both sides, causing blood and fluid to leak out into the surrounding tissue. This leakage is called infiltration, and usually causes symptoms including inflammation and swelling around the insertion site.

If a vein has been punctured during the process of drawing blood or inserting an IV, your healthcare professional will usually remove the IV and relocate it to a different vein. A warm or cool compress can help alleviate discomfort at the site of an infiltration.
Q&A Related to "Blown Vein"
"Blowing a vein" is a term we use primarily when we're starting IV'...
It may have broken a capillary, which isn't anything to worry about. Anytime you have a bruise, you have a broken capillary. If I were you, I would not be concerned. Ice can help
THanks to both of you! I was about to ask about the healing process. It is so tender & swollen a bit. Does the vein heal itself so it can be used later? I've been told to drink
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Treatment for a Blown Vein
A blown vein is essentially an injury to a vein due to the insertion of an IV. This often takes place when the needle goes in too deep, puncturing the vein on both sides, Not only can this cause the vein to become unviable, but may also prompt leakage of... More »
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