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[IP] THE GUSHER



Barbara -- Thank you for the info. I started on the pump 10 days ago and 
knew nothing of this "gusher" stuff until a couple of hours ago.
I'd have just about passed out from panic if I didn't realize what it was 
before it would ever happen.

Dawn


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Subject: [IP] Anatomy lesson:Blood vessels and veins...was gusher
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 1999 20:13:40 EST

<<He said that I hit a vein.  I've also hit blood vessels too.  The
gusher was a vein.  blood vessels just produce a small amount of blood.>>

Any anatomical tube that moves blood from one area of the body to another
area is a blood vessel. They are called veins, arteries, venules, 
arterioles,
and capillaries. They will all bleed, in varying amounts when cut. If you go
through one of these when inserting a set, the catheter left in place may be
sealing it, preventing a blood leak into the tissues (bruise or hematoma).
When you remove the set from the site, then you dislodge any small clot that
may have sealed off the injured vessel and the leaking blood will take the
path of least resistance by following that fresh opening directly to the
skin. If you see blood in the tubing, or a bruise that gets bigger under the
skin, or if it feels like a knot under the skin and it hurts, remove it and
start over. If you don't see blood, you won't know about it until you have a
gusher. Apply pressure for a few minutes and it should stop. Don't rub it,
you will stimulate more bleeding, or the bruise will be larger.
Apologies if I seem to be lecturing.
Barbara B.
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