Acute Treatment of Extravasation Injuries in Neonates: Polymeric Membrane Dressings
February 1, 2023
Hospitalized patients of all ages are at risk for iatrogenic injuries. Peripheral intravenous extravasation and infiltration (PIVIE) injuries are one of the most common types of hospital-acquired injury, with the potential to cause long-term disfigurement or loss of function. While the administration of fluids and medications through intravenous catheters is a common practice in the hospital, it is not without significant risk if fluids leak from the vasculature into surrounding tissues. Depending on the type and amount of fluid that enters the tissue, varying degrees of tissue damage may result. The pathophysiology of this tissue damage may also vary.