A blown vein is an issue that no healthcare professional or patient wants to be affected by. A blown vein happens when a vein has ruptured and is leaking blood. Several factors can contribute to having a blown vein.
When you are a person who gets ongoing IV therapy treatments for any reason, a blown vein is something that could come up. The blown vein itself is harmless if not too severe. They will usually heal on their own within 10 to 12 days.
Causes of a Blown Vein
A blown vein is a common medical occurrence in individuals who have to have blood drawn or receive any type of ongoing IV therapy concerning a chronic health condition. Multiple factors can contribute to a blown vein.
- A nurse or healthcare professional uses the wrong size needle while drawing blood.
- When the needle goes into the vein at a wrong angle when first being inserted.
- Thicker veins tend to roll, and a rolling vein is prone to blowing out on a patient.
- The patient needs to stay completely still during the insertion of a vein, and moving at all can cause an issue with the vein.
- Age plays a factor in causing a blown vein. As we get older, our veins become thin, and this could cause a blown vein.
No one wants to be the victim of a blown vein, even though they usually heal completely; in some cases, if severe enough, the blown vein can be permanent. Listen to your body and if you feel a certain area on your arm is not a good place to draw blood or insert an IV, let your nurse know.
Signs of a Blown Vein
The signs of a blown vein are easy to recognize. There will be leaking blood which causes the skin to darken around the injection site. There will be tenderness at the site of the blown vein, and it may also sting, bruise, and swell.
How to Treat a Blown Vein
Once you know you have a blown vein, your healthcare professional will treat the area and make sure you are not at risk for any type of infection or other health issues.
A blown vein can be treated by applying pressure at the site of the trauma. You should also place an ice pack on the area and clean the area properly to prevent infection at the site of the area.
How to Prevent a Blown Vein
Anyone who has experienced a blown vein in the past will be more vigilant in the future any time they have blood drawn or get any kind of IV treatment.
If you are fearful, make sure to discuss your concerns with the person who is drawing your blood or inserting an IV. You have every right to ask questions and know if the person who is taking care of you is new or has been doing it for a while.
In some cases, patients may ask for a seasoned nurse to handle their blood draws and IV insertions any time they require treatment.
Drip Hydration Mobile IV Therapy
Our nurses are well-trained and educated when it comes to all aspects of their job, including inserting IVs and drawing blood. You can ask questions if you are concerned before they begin to set up the IV therapy site.
We provide a safe environment for our clients, and you do not need to worry about being handled incorrectly in any part of the process.
In-Home IV Treatments With Drip Hydration
Drip Hydration offers mobile IV treatments in the comfort of your home. Once you book your appointment, a certified nurse will come to your desired location and administer the treatment, which usually takes less than an hour. During this time, you can do anything you’d like, such as relax under a warm blanket or watch TV. Drip Hydration will also go to hotels, worksites, or other locations upon request.
You can either browse our treatment options and decide which is best for you or speak to a representative who can help you choose what you need based on your health goals. To schedule your appointment or learn more, contact us today!