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Intravenous therapy (IV)

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Intravenous therapy (IV)

Intravenous therapy (IV) is a treatment in which a fluid substance or solution is directly administered into the vein of the patient. It is a medical therapy of intravenous infusions that help send controlled quantity of medication into the bloodstream over time. Basically, these infusions are used to meet short-term needs for example; IV therapy is used during surgery to give pain medications, antibiotics, and nausea medications. Even during pregnancy, IV infusions are provided to make sure the mother and the child receive the necessary nutrients and fluids for staying healthy.

There are mainly three types of IV therapy that are used to administer fluids, to provide drugs, or to infuse solution drip into the blood. This therapy helps in controlling over dosage of medicine that may otherwise lead to severe consequences. In emergencies such as stroke, heart attack, etc. the patient may require immediate medication. Oral intake of pills or liquids may be difficult in such situations and can delay the process of delivering drugs into the bloodstream. IV therapy can assist in addressing those situations by enabling controlled but quick infusions.



Sam Wilson, Consultant