Reply To: subcutaneous infusions

April 26, 2017 at 9:23 am

The nurse isn’t really my problem. All my life, techs and nurses have had trouble drawing my blood for tests because my veins are so small, so I should have expected problems with infusions. Because the fluids are pumped in, not dripped, more pressure builds up in the line. Twice my needles have broken, and they’ve popped out of veins several times. I’ve had bleeding at the needle insertion site, and a painful buildup of fluids under the skin. One thing that worries me is that once when fluids got under my skin my forearm swelled and turned red. I’m afraid this indicates poor tolerance of subq. Lots of questions for the administrative nurse and my doctor!