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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 137--139

Prolonged intravenous line access in a terminally ill patient, consequences and suggestions

Department of Anesthesiology, AIIMS, Patna, Bihar, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Nishant Sahay
110, Type 5 Block 2, AIIMS Residential Area, Khagaul, Patna, Bihar
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DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_138_19

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Prolonged and neglected use of an intravenous (IV) line could be limb- and life-threatening. In many terminally sick cancer patients of rural India, pain management is a major concern. It is a very common practice by local practitioners to give IV fluids and pain medications in such patients. Where IV access is difficult, a secure venous cannula is kept in situ for long periods to administer pain medicines and fluids. This article tries to highlight the dangers a neglected IV line poses to limb and life and tries to stress on the importance of a subcutaneous route for pain medication administration in terminally ill palliative patients.


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