Prolonged and neglected use of an intravenous (IV) line could be limb- and life-threatening. In many terminally sick cancer patients of rural India, pain management is a major concern. It is a very common practice by local practitioners to give IV fluids and pain medications in such patients. Where IV access is difficult, a secure venous cannula is kept in situ for long periods to administer pain medicines and fluids. This article tries to highlight the dangers a neglected IV line poses to limb and life and tries to stress on the importance of a subcutaneous route for pain medication administration in terminally ill palliative patients.Reference:
Sahay, N. and Kumar, R. (2020) Prolonged Intravenous Line Access in a Terminally Ill Patient, Consequences and Suggestions. Indian Journal of Palliative Care. 26(1), p.137-139. doi: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_138_19.