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NHS Resolution Supports Extravasation Injury Awareness Campaign

Extravasation injuries: safety campaign aims to prevent injuries and future harm

The National Infusion and Vascular Access Society (NIVAS) led by Chair Andrew Barton has recently produced a comprehensive Infiltration and Extravasation toolkit to improve the safety of intravenous therapy practices within healthcare organisations including the NHS. The NIVAS campaign includes an in-depth guidelines, policies and protocols strategy (including downloadable information materials) that covers: 

  • Prevention
  • Recognition
  • Treatment 
  • Follow Up
  • Reporting 

“This tool kit is designed to highlight the risks of infiltration and extravasation and facilitate healthcare organisations to implement best practice to improve patient safety and experience. This tool kit is for everyone to use. NIVAS hopes that together we can make intravenous therapy safer for all.” – Andrew Barton, Nurse Consultant IV Therapy & Vascular Access NIVAS Chair

What is an extravasation injury?

Extravasation is a medical complication that occurs when a liquid, such as medication or fluid, leaks from a vein into the surrounding tissues. These injuries can be relatively harmless if the symptoms are caught early. However, errors in administering IV medication can also cause severe and often life-changing injuries and according to NHS Resolution, over ten years from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2021, they received 444 claims related to injuries caused by extravasation. NHS Resolution is one of the main contributors to the NIVAS campaign and its own leaflet on extravasation claims is included in the toolkit.

To access the toolkit, visit the National Infusion and Vascular Access Society (NIVAS) website: NIVAS Infiltration and Extravasation Toolkit.

To access the NHS Resolution Extravasation Claims Leaflet visit: Did you Know Extravasation

Medical Negligence Solicitors 

Although usually unintentional, IV errors are often avoidable. If you or a loved one has suffered an extravasation injury and you believe it was due to negligent medical care, you may be entitled to compensation.

Bringing a claim against the NHS or a private medical practice / individual can feel overwhelming. We understand the complex and sensitive legal and medical issues involved and the importance of supporting individuals in making this type of medical negligence claim. Our specialist medical negligence team will guide you through the claims process, fighting for you to receive the explanation and compensation you may be entitled to. 

With offices across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire including Hull, Market RasenLincolnLouthScarborough and Grimsby Bridge McFarland LLP has supported clients in these areas and across the UK for many years. To speak to a member of our team today, please call 0800 987 8800, email medneg@bmcf.co.uk or fill in this contact form.