What is IV Therapy?
- Posted on: May 15 2019
If you think that technology is only developing in the land of cell phones and laptops, think again. There are many advancements that are helping us treat people and encourage better health. One of those things we’re using more and more is IV therapy, which is simply using veins as a way to deliver medication or nutrients to help patients.
What can be impacted by IV therapy?
Infusion therapy refers to the delivery of medication through a needle or catheter, instead of through the traditional, oral way. Infusion therapy can be used when a patient’s condition is severe and they are unresponsive, when oral medication simply cannot be given, or when oral medication is ineffective in treating the concerns or condition the patient suffers from.
Often, IV therapy refers to medically-necessary treatment. IV therapy or treatment may be required for patients suffering from the following conditions:
- Gastrointestinal conditions
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart failure
Why IV therapy?
IV therapy is superior to other methods of medicine delivery in certain circumstances for a few reasons. It offers better quickness, control, and efficiency in many serious cases.
Sometimes drugs or medications must be given at a steady rate (instead of in one large dose) but also slowly. When you need slow and steady medication application, IV therapy is perfect. A slow drip of IV therapy continues to deliver the proper dose of the medication.
IV medication is often utilized because of the control it allows over the patient dosage. If a patient needs to receive the medication immediately, such as during a heart attack, stroke, or when there is a poisoning involved, there often isn’t time for the patient to take pills or liquid orally. IV therapy delivers the medication quickly, directly into the bloodstream where it can take effect.
Certain drugs are given intravenously because enzymes in the stomach or liver would break them down if they were taken the oral route. Breakdown of medications can lower their strength and efficiency when they finally reach the bloodstream.
For more information about IV therapy, call Infinity Health and Wellness at 480.427.4305 to schedule a consultation with one of our amazing providers.
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