Saw an interesting thing happen yesterday, and wanted to pose the question to the group. I witnessed a patient (luckily, not mine) who not only infiltrated her IV, but it infiltrated with AIR. It was a new IV start, and the tubing apparently wasn't primed completely, leaving what I understand to be about 3-4cc of air in the tubing. The IV was started in the right AC, but infiltrated immediately upon attaching to the tubing, which then infiltrated air. There is what feels like / sounds like crepitus underneath the bicep muscle from elbow to shoulder.
I am off today and didn't have a chance to follow up, but has anyone seen something like this, and what would you do for it, other than time for re-absorption?