experienced getting a neuclear med injected for a CT scan, that the vein was blown? Gary, my hubby had this done yesterday, & when they went to inject it hurt so bad he made them stop & they dscovered the vein was blown. I know this happens a lot with IV, as he & I both have tiny veins, but my question is it's been 24 hours & he has a huge lump above the vein. Very sore & tender, but not red or anything. Can't hardley bend his elbow. Should he call our docotr or wait it out? It's Friday, so need some answers quick as possible. Thanks... Mary
"Blown" veins hurt! They should always test a vein before injecting by pulling back slightly and looking for a "flash" or blood backing up in the hep lock or capped IV and then pushing the solution very gently. This works most of the time but not always-I have had them flash but then when the medication goes in, the vein cant take it. Something that will help the medication be absorbed by his body is to wrap his arm covering the tender area in a heating pad and putting on low or medium heat. This will soothe the pain and help his body absorb the blood and medication. If you dont have a heating pad, one of those microwave heat packs will work or you can just wrap him in a towel moistened by hot water. This is likely what the doc will tell you to do but it is never a bad idea to call them and let them know.
Hi Mary, just wanted to put your mind at rest a little more, the vein is probably bruised, this used to happen sometimes when i worked and gave I/V injections. It isn't a big deal, but just keep movement in the area as much as possible, this will help with blood flow and reduce the risk of a clot forming (which is very rare!). Hope he feels more comfortable soon : )
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