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Occasionally patients will have a superficial ulnar artery, which potentially may be confused with the median cubital vein. When this variance exists it is important to be very careful as to avoid injecting substances into the superficial ulnar artery rather than the median cubital vein. Calculated IV drug concentrations reaching their target tissues have accounted for the dilution of the drug by venous blood on their way back toward the heart. If a drug meant for IV administration is injected into the arterial system the undiluted dosage can seriously damage the capillary bed of that artery and associated tissues.
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