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Air in I.V line, Migraine
PharmacyStudentxo posted:
Hi i would really appreciate some opinions on something I had a experienced this past saturday. I went to the hospital for extreme pain in my lower left abdomen, the nurse was young and looked inexperienced. As she was setting up my IV I noticed she forgot to flush it of air, I immediatley felt and heard air bubbles travel up my arm through my shoulder and in chest. Shortly after I experienced some slight chest pain and shortness of breath, though it went away and they didnt seemed concerned about it, I am still thinking that it could have possibly done some damage. The day after I got home from the hospital I got really bad migraine, is there any possibility that air bubbles could have traveled to my brain or did they just dissolve in my lungs? I'm also having a lot of anxiety over this, any advice would be very helpful and appreciated! Thank you
allie_bf responded:
Just a coincidence, or probably related to your anxiety over the episode. Small volumes of air in a peripheral IV line are easily absorbed, and do not result in problems.
fred_ responded:
I've been using Eclipse homepumps as an IV to treat an infection via a PICC line, i.e. a line that goes into my upper arm, over the shoulder and into the chest. I noticed some bubbles traveling thru the tube (after it has released medication for some time). This has happened 2 out three times so far, in a 36 hour period and is worrying me, since I have felt slight discomfort when breathing, mostly when breathing deeply, or if laying flat on a bed. I read somewhere that air embolisms can occur when too much air goes into your veins via an IV line. How much air is too much?
And what happens to the air that gets taken in? does it eventually get absorbed somehow by the body?
I am probably going to discontinue this and take my chances at the hospital with a standard IV system (and absent minded nurses) if I don't get an answer from the pump provider and my doc tomorrow.. I'll post if I have any worthwhile news. Then again, maybe its no big deal.
God bless.

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