Dear Nurses

Friday, October 12, 2007

ANASARCA CAUSES AND TREATMENT

Anasarca may also be caused by low albumin(hypoalbuminemia), burns, corticosteriods and too much sodium.The goal is to correct the cause.
- improving the albumin in the blood by IV replacement of Albumin(ordered by MD).
- MD ordering a decrease in sodium intake or corticosteriods.

If there is a good flashback of blood from the vein it is more than likely the IV is in the vein. Coolness and discoloration may also be signs of IV infiltration.
FOR MORE HELPFUL INFORMATION ON IV INFILTRATION, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK: THE CLINICAL SETTING STEP BY STEP, chapter4.
For more information on ANASARCA visit:
http://www.dearnurses.net/the_clinical_setting_step_by_step - (CHAPTER 10)

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