Intravenous literature: O’Hanlon, S., Sheahan, P. and McEneaney, R. (2009) Severe hemorrhage from a hypodermoclysis site. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 26(2), p.135-6.
Hypodermoclysis, or subcutaneous infusion of fluids, is an alternative means of administration of fluid. It is sometimes used in older patients in whom there is difficulty achieving intravenous access, or who are entering the terminal stage. It is considered a relatively low-risk procedure. We report a case where a patient’s death may have resulted from its use.