Intravenous treatment is also known as intravenous therapy. IV treatment or therapy is a way for healthcare providers to administer fluid substances directly into a patient’s vein. This is done to promote health and wellbeing.
Here at Haym Salomon Home for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Brookyn, our skilled nursing staff is in charge of IV management. A job they take very seriously. The correct fluids need to be given to our adults and seniors at the correct time.
And because the comfort of our residents is key to our success, those IV lines must be managed safely and in a way that causes no distress to our residents.
Here, we talk about IV treatment including how it is carried out and how it can help.
Our adults and seniors who require IV therapy will be given the fluids their bodies need via hep-lock or PICC line.
A hep-lock, otherwise known as a saline lock, is a way to keep a catheter (the tool that allows nurses access to your bloodline via a vein) open and available. The ‘hep’ in the name comes from the anticoagulant (anti-clotting) medicine, heparin. A PICC line is similar but is specifically geared towards patients who will require a larger amount of fluids over a longer time span.
Both types of IV lines may be kept open for varied lengths of time depending on what course of treatment is required.
The nurses at Haym will explain to those receiving IV therapy what kind of line they are putting in and why. Our kind staff will also make sure that the patient is comfortable at all times.
IV therapy is used for a number of different reasons. Firstly, because an IV line has direct access to an individual’s bloodline, this is the fastest way to administer medicines. If you’ve ever received pain relief medicine via IV, you’ll know how fast this works.
Secondly, IV treatment is used to ensure that the patient is hydrated. If an individual is struggling to drink enough water, dehydration can be combatted via am IV saline drip.
Thirdly, essential nutrients which the body needs–and may not be able to source from food for a variety of reasons–can be given through an IV line. Electrolyte imbalances can also be addressed this way. As too can vitamin deficiencies.
Intravenous treatment doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable process. If the IV lines are managed properly, discomfort is minimized. As too are the chances of infections or secondary complications as a result of an open IV line.
In fact, many of our patients barely notice the line is there at all! For this to be the case, you need to turn to a skilled facility where patients’ needs are treated as front and center.
At Haym Salomon Home, our nurses never treat IV therapy as a perfunctory set of processes. We take the time to make sure that our adults and seniors are receiving top-notch intravenous treatment at all times.