An intravenous therapist continuously checks the IV to easily change the dosage if the patient experiences any side effects or reactions
FREMONT, CA: Intravenous therapy (IV therapy) involves injecting fluids, medicines, or vitamins straight into the body's veins. It is the quickest way to get blood, vitamins, drugs, and other essential fluids into a person's circulatory system. IV therapy is administered by an intravenous catheter, either as a syringe injection or as an infusion (sometimes known as a drip).
Following the placement of the IV, the IV therapist will monitor the patient to ensure that the IV remains in place and that the patient is receiving the proper fluid dosage.An IV therapist continuously checks the IV to easily change the dosage if the patient experiences any side effects or reactions. Many Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) choose to become IV therapists.
Types of IV Therapies
Blood administrative IV therapy, medication administrative IV therapy, and fluid administrative IV therapy are the three basic types of IV therapy.
IV Hydration or Fluid Therapy
One may receive an IV with fluids to replace lost blood volume if they are in an accident or other situation where they lose a lot of blood. If someone is too unwell to drink fluids or is dehydrated for different reasons, they may be given an IV with fluids to keep hydrated.
IV Blood Transfusion
One may need a blood transfusion if they lose too much blood or the red blood cell count is too low. An IV is also used to administer blood transfusions.
IV Pain Medication
If patients require pain medicine, they may be given an IV push, which is a pain medication injection into an IV catheter. Antibiotics can also be administered through an IV that can be added to an existing IV. This is referred to as piggybacking or using a secondary additive. It is common for treatments that need to stay in the bloodstream for a long time, such as antibiotics for an infection.
IV Therapy in Sports
IV hydration therapy was once popular among athletes, but new World Anti-Doping Agency rules have made IV injections of more than 100mL every 12 hours illegal for athletes due to the risk of altering blood test results, concealing urine test results, or even administering illegal substances to improve performance. Outside of these parameters, IV treatment is a realistic alternative for athletes who consistently push their bodies to their limits in terms of recovery and wellness.