Detecting an infiltrated intravenous catheter using indigo carmine: a novel method.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

An extravasated IV catheter may have serious clinical consequences. These include the inability to circulate emergency medications, cause pain on injection, infection at the site, and tissue damage. Clinical signs such as swelling, redness, and pain with injection are valuable, but may not be helpful in the presence of obesity, edema, or in a tracheally intubated and sedated patient. Here we describe a case illustrating a novel approach in which we used an IV dye injection (indigo carmine) to detect a correctly placed and then an extravasated IV. The ability to see visible flow of IV dye intravascularly helped confirm the correct placement. The technique we describe is quick, safe, and inexpensive.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chen, M; Habib, AS; Panni, MK; Schultz, JR

Published Date

  • October 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 105 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1130 - 1131

PubMed ID

  • 17898399

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1526-7598

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1213/01.ane.0000278625.00308.dc


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States