Intravenous therapy (IV) is a method of delivering medication, nutrients, or other liquid substances directly into one’s bloodstream. Commonly called ‘drips,’ IVs are generally administered through a catheter into the bloodstream. Given how fast blood circulates, IVs are considered the quickest way to deliver medication throughout the body.The formula used in IVs depends on the needs of the patient. It can be a combination of vitamins, electrolytes, saline solution, or a variety of medications. The intended purpose is to keep the body nourished, frequently much more effectively than eating or drinking.
The ProcessDuring an IV procedure, a nurse begins by first sanitizing the area where the needle will be in the vein. A thin needle inside a catheter is then used to pierce the skin and insert the catheter into the vein. The catheter is taped to hold it in place. The process itself is generally painless, other than a slight pinch during insertion. The IV line is attached to a bag containing a saline solution that’s hung high above the patient’s head. IVs work with the help of gravity, which pushes the fluid down into the blood. Almost all of our own IV treatment options generally take 45 minutes. Just take a look at our booking options for more details.
What’s Inside an IVYou can’t understand how an IV works without also understanding what’s in one. Although it varies, all IVs have two essential ingredients.
- Saline solution is fundamental to proper IV therapy. This liquid is a combination of sodium chloride and water, which is used as the medium of delivery for vitamins and medication. It also hydrates the body and provides it with electrolytes.
- Most IVs also contain vitamins and antioxidants. Usually obtained through food or drink, IVs often contain them to ensure that the body is fully-functional and is receiving all its necessary nutrients.