Transmission from another infected part of the body to the infusion
(c) Introduction of contaminants while irrigating or manipulating an
occluded, leaking, or infiltrated catheter.
Signs and symptoms of infection.
(a) Swelling, redness, and soreness around the infusion site.
(b) A yellowish, foul-smelling discharge from the venipuncture site.
Rise in the patient's temperature and pulse rate.
Intervention measures for suspected infection.
Report observations to the supervisor.
(b) Save the IV equipment for possible laboratory analysis IAW local
Document all of your observations and actions.
Preventive measures against infection.
(a) Use rigid aseptic techniques when initiating and maintaining an IV.
(b) Anchor the catheter firmly with tape.
(c) Check the vein at least once each shift for evidence of tenderness
and other signs of inflammation.
f. Disturbance of infusion. This is any disturbance or failure of the infusion
apparatus to deliver proper prescribed solution infusion rate.
Signs of disturbance in the infusion.
(a) Flow rate slowing down or speeding up.
(b) Solution flow stopping.