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Trying to avoid this is one of the points of a heplock. One of the ideas behind it is the IV (hopefully) pulls out at the point of attachment to the lock rather than out of the arm, allowing the lock to shut off, reducing the risk of blood loss and infection. Medication dosage issues remain, though.
Eh, pulling out I Vs doesn't actually hurt (though depending on what the IV is doing it could potentially kill you....) so long as you do it right. I imagine that if one were to rip it out improperly it could hurt, and there's also the risk of infection. Also pulling out an IV could lead to some bleeding.
But frankly, I think most people would pull out the most uncomfortable thing first, even if it's a breathing tube or something. I've done that with an NG tube. The nurses tend to be pretty quick about replacing things you need though. Particularly if you're in the ICU.
What bothers me more is when people swing out of bed and walk around nonchalantly pulling their IV pole behind them (and it conveniently has one bag of fluids, even if they're incredibly sick/ heavily injured). Particularly more so when it's established that they were in bed for a few days (muscles atrophy really fast) and/or haven't had PT and it's post-procedure. A different take on "pull the IV", I suppose.
In the opinion of someone with a medical background, people in the real world most likely try to pull the IV out because they just woke up in the hospital, confused, in pain, probably frightened and disoriented, and generally not thinking rationally - they just want to get out of there or get that thing out of their arm. Seeing as it's the real world, it hurts just to try, and hurts even worse to succeed. They do it to their own breathing tubes as well, usually to discover that they really did need that, and they will certainly not be springing out of bed to kick some more ass.
Whoever wrote the description fails medicine forever.
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