Yes, senior citizens are generally more susceptible to IV (intravenous) infiltrations. This increased susceptibility is due to several factors associated with aging:

  1. Skin and Vein Changes: Older adults often have more fragile skin and veins. Their skin tends to be thinner and less elastic, and their veins can be more difficult to access and more prone to damage during IV insertions.

  2. Decreased Blood Flow: Aging can lead to reduced blood flow in the peripheral vessels, making it harder to maintain and monitor IV therapy effectively.

  3. Reduced Sensation: Some seniors may have reduced sensation in their extremities due to conditions like neuropathy or diabetes. This decreased sensation can make it harder for them to notice the early signs of infiltration.

  4. Mobility Issues: Seniors with mobility issues may have difficulty staying still during IV therapy, increasing the risk of the IV catheter moving and causing infiltration.

  5. Chronic Health Conditions: Many older adults have chronic health conditions that can affect their blood vessels and skin integrity, further increasing the risk of infiltration.

  6. Medications: Certain medications that are more commonly used by seniors can affect blood vessel integrity or clotting mechanisms, potentially contributing to the risk of infiltration.

It's important for healthcare providers to be aware of these risks and take extra precautions when administering IV therapy to senior patients. This can include more frequent monitoring of the IV site, using smaller gauge catheters, securing the IV site effectively, and being vigilant for any signs of infiltration.

You can reach IV Infiltration Injury Lawyer J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo by dialing his direct number at (786) 272-5841, calling the main office at (305) 461-1095, or Toll Free at 1 (866) 71-CLAIM or email Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo directly at [email protected] or by text at (305) 929-8935.

J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo
J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A.
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