IV Therapy

  • Posted on: May 30 2019
IV Therapy

Sometimes, there are occasions when normal medication, or how it is delivered isn’t ideal. When oral medications don’t do the job, or a medication can’t be metabolised, IV therapy can fill the void. Keep reading to learn about IV therapy, and what we can use it for.

What can be impacted by IV therapy?

Infusion therapy refers to the delivery of medication through a needle or catheter, instead of orally. Infusion therapy can be used when a patient’s condition is severe and unresponsive, or when oral medication can’t be given, or is ineffective in treating the concerns or condition.

IV therapy or treatment may be required for patients suffering from the following conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Dehydration
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart failure

Why IV therapy?

IV therapy can be superior to other methods of medicine delivery for a few reasons. It offers better control, speed, and efficiency in certain cases.

Control

IV medication is often used because of the control it allows over the patient dosage. If a patient needs to receive the medication immediately, such as when there is a heart attack, stroke, or 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.

Speed

Sometimes drugs or medications must be given constantly (instead of in one large dose) and also at a very slow rate. IV therapy is perfect for this scenario, as a slow drip IV continues to deliver a small, steady dose of the medication.

Efficiency

Certain drugs are given intravenously because if the patient took them orally the enzymes in the stomach or liver would break them down. This can lower the strength and efficiency of some medications when they finally make it to the bloodstream.

IV therapy can truly help bridge the gap and help patients live healthier lives. There is so much more to IV therapy than meets the eye. For more information about IV therapy, call Summit Healthcare at 928.537.6363 to schedule a consultation with one of our amazing providers. We know you’ll be in good hands.

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