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I'm doing at home IV antibiotics through my port (from

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I'm doing at home IV antibiotics through my port (from chemo). I think I forgot to get the air out of the syringe this morning when doing a saline flush prior to administering the antibiotics. Should I be worrying about an air embolism?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Hi. It really takes a fair amount of injected air--50 cc or more--to cause a significant air embolism event. I really don't see how whatever amount of air was potentially in the syringe would have done you any harm but you should call your doctor to discuss this.