If you can’t eat or drink normally, or have swallowing difficulties, IV fluids can be crucial for your survival. After falling seriously ill or undergoing an operation, it’s more important than ever to remain hydrated and get the right nutrients.

We all need water, salt and other essential nutrients for our bodies to function and stay healthy. So we may need Intravenous fluids, more commonly referred to as IV fluids. IV therapy is a key component of successful nursing care.

The Purpose Of IV Fluids

Fluids (or solutions) are used in IV therapy to restore or maintain normal fluid volume and electrolyte balance. This is especially important when it is impossible to use the oral route.

Nurse injecting IV fluids for the patient

IV therapy involves insuring you get the right mix of water, sugar, salt as well as any medication or vitamins you require. IV fluids are administered straight into your veins through a drip, usually in your hand or arm. Trained medical practitioners talk you through the process and monitor you regularly.

Replacement of fluids intravenously resolves any imbalances and restores normal body functions. As with any treatment, personalized assessment and attention are all markers of good patient care.

The concentration of nutrients and medication will vary depending on your personal needs. IV therapy may also be a required treatment for an infection. In addition, in some cases fluids administered intravenously can also be useful in pain management.

Types Of IV Fluids

There are several different types of IV fluids and trained medics determine which is most suitable in any given case. The precise IV solution will vary depending on your medical condition and needs. Doctors take into account body size and age to ensure the right amount of IV fluid is given.

Normal saline is one of the most common IV fluids and nurses administer it for most hydration needs. For example, it can be a lifesaver after a haemorrhage, vomiting, diarrhea, metabolic acidosis, or shock.

IV fluids can also be nutrient solutions containing dextrose, glucose and levulose and water. Electrolyte solutions contain substances that are used to replace fluid and electrolytes in patients with continuing losses.

Lactated ringers is the IV fluid of choice for burn and trauma patients. It’s also used for acute blood loss, electrolyte imbalance and metabolic acidosis.

Haym Salomon Home

Doctors and nurses at Haym Salomon Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Brooklyn NY are passionate about achieving the best care possible for patients and know how IV therapy works. You can rest assured that your loved ones will receive personalized care in a supportive setting. Our staff are used to dealing with a wide range of medical issues and will administer IV fluids as needed.

Intravenous therapy are quite often administered to people with serious conditions. This therapy should only done by trained medical professionals. At our skilled nursing care facility we treat patients who need higher level of nursing. These can be patients with cardiac or other serious conditions. Do contact us if you would like to know more about our services.

This content comprises informative and educational resources only and can not be considered as a substitute for professional health or medical guidance. Reliance on any information provided in this article is solely at your own risk. If you have any inquiries or apprehensions about your medical condition or health goals, talk with a licensed physician or healthcare provider.