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Question:

A resident complains that her hand hurts where the IV is running. What is the best thing to do when the nurse aid notices that the hand is puffy?

A Notify the IV nurse that the infusion appears to have infiltrated
Explaination

Infiltration occurs when the IV fluid leaks into the tissue due to a dislodged or misplaced IV catheter . The nurse assistant should supervisor the IV site and mark if it becomes swollen, cool to the touch, or painful. The skin near the IV site may look pale. To avoid pulling the line, always be careful when moving or assisting a customer with an IV.