Extravasation of chemotherapy or other intravenous drugs and other substances is best considered a complication of treatment. However, it is vital to properly treat an extravasation in a way which quickly removes the noxious substance from the tissues if serious damage to the surrounding skin, nerves, tendons and blood vessels is to be avoided.
About 20% of our medicolegal instructions are for cases in which extravasation has not been properly treated. If you are a solicitor, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to request Terms and Conditions and Mr Gault's availability to assist with the case. We accept instruction by email but please do not send case notes until the case has been formally accepted. Please note that we no longer accept case notes in digital format.
If you or your child have suffered an extravasation event in the past which has had unfortunate consequences and you wish to consider a legal claim, this must be done through a solicitor so that Mr Gault receives their formal direction in addressing the requirements of the court. Whilst there is an understandable desire to seek resolution of the problem as soon as possible, it is usually best that you seek appropriate advice first, both from a legal and surgical perspective.
Patients who believe that they have an ongoing extravasation event should urgently draw this to the attention of their attending healthcare team. Noxious drugs which inadvertently leak from veins into the surrounding tissues should be removed as soon as possible, and certainly within 48 hours of leakage.