EZ IO's...problems with leaking?

  1. My EMS agency recently started using the EZ IO drill, and not too long ago we got to use it for the first time on a real adult patient (Code 99). It was very easy to use and we had definite bone marrow return, but as we tried to get fluids through it it appeared to be leaking which then made us question it's patency. It was also very difficult to give fluid boluses.

    Has anyone had much experience with the EZ IO yet? We're wondering if it's common to have fluid leak from the site...the IO itself seemed very secure and when the hospital later started dopamine through it the patient responded well.

    Last edit by AKav8trix on Dec 15, '07 : Reason: grammer ooops
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  3. by   sirI
    I, too, have noticed this, but we seem to be able to bolus w/o difficulty. Still, the seepage is concerning.
  4. by   Medic/Nurse
    None that I recall. I DO NOT aspirate after placement. I check for infusion that flows easily without edema.

  5. by   APNgonnabe
    That is also our policy. thanks
  6. by   AKav8trix
    Thanks for the replies. We haven't used another since then, but the ER I work in just started stocking them, so I'll probably have more opportunities in the future to get more experience with them. It's great that it's become more mainstream to have IO's available for adults, and not just peds, when it's near impossible to get a badly needed IV on a really sick patient.