What happens if air is injected into a patient’s IV?

A Texas nurse has been charged with murder for injecting air into the IVs of patients.

An air embolism occurs when one or more air bubbles enter a vein or artery.

Air embolisms are rare.  Modern day IV tubing protects patients from having this occur, but if an IV line is tampered with it can still occur.

air embolism

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