Extravasations still cause significant tissue damage and should be prevented if at all possible.

The safety of IV treatment is becoming a priority in hospitals and healthcare settings. Knowledge of the properties of drugs helps assess the risk associated with their administration.

Prevention of extravasations is based on the following:

  • Identification of patients at high‑risk of extravasation
  • Appropriate cannulation techniques
  • Monitoring of patients being administered high-risk solutions

Two major components in the prevention/early treatment of suspected extravasations are:

  • Awareness of high-risk extravasation factors
  • Implementation of easily accessible hospital care protocols

Extravasation guidelines are designed to help healthcare professionals prevent extravasation, and ensure patient safety in the event of an extravasation.