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IV Infiltration

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Mar 3, 2024.

An infiltrated IV (intravenous) catheter happens when the catheter goes through or comes out of your vein. The IV fluid then leaks into the surrounding tissue. This may cause pain, swelling, and skin that is cool to the touch. Some IV medicines can cause your skin and tissue to die (necrosis) if they leak into your tissues. IV infiltration of these medicines can also cause blisters, sores, and peeling skin.


Return to the emergency department if:

Contact your healthcare provider if:

Manage your infiltration site:

Follow up with your healthcare provider in 1 day or as directed:

You may need to follow up weekly so that your healthcare provider can check your wound. Your provider may refer you to a plastic surgeon or wound care specialist. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visit.

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