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"
A blown vein can be caused by a needle insertion into the vein. Sometimes it can be caused by trauma to the vein without actually puncturing it. If I were to insert a needle into
"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
Blown Vein. The term ?blown vein? usually means a vein that is damaged by an IV needle that goes right through the vein and damages it. Most often there will be some bleeding at the
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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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