Numerous individuals are familiar with intravenous (IV) infusions due to their observation of medical environments or personal experiences. Nonetheless, very few are acquainted with what IV therapy is and how it works, which is essential if you are planning to undergo IV therapy.
The abbreviation ‘IV’ stands for intravenous therapy, with ‘Intra’ standing for inside or within, coupled with ‘venous’ signifying a direct association with veins. Therefore, IV therapy involves administering fluid into your body through the veins. It is the fastest and most effective way to deliver essential nutrients or hydration to the body.
How Does an IV Drip Work?
IV drips are common in medical clinics, where a drip bag is attached to a pole. The bag contains a saline-based electrolyte solution with your needed nutrients and vitamins.
The bag typically has a small tube that helps the fluid move from the IV drip to your body through a small needle called an IV catheter or cannula. The fluid goes directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract. Therefore, no wait time exists, and you start feeling better immediately.
One of the main concerns many patients have is the safety of the process. Method Aesthetics uses FDA-approved fluids that undergo rigorous testing and quality checks. They also have well-trained and experienced nurses who administer all IV treatments. A thorough patient examination also ensures you are an ideal candidate. A nurse will also take you through what to expect during and after the treatment.
The treatment has little to no side effects, but some might experience minor bruising, discomfort, inflammation, redness, or itching at the injection site. These may last a few minutes to a few days, but you should contact your doctor if you are experiencing an allergic reaction.
Benefits of IV Drip Therapy for Cold and Flu
IV drips boost the immune system by delivering higher concentrations of immune-boosting vitamins and minerals. IV administration of vitamins and minerals allows more immediate results than oral supplements, includes higher concentrations, and is absorbed better within the body. IV drip therapy uses electrolytes and immune-boosting vitamins such as vitamin C to support your immune function and fight off flu and cold symptoms. IV drip therapy can reduce cold and flu symptoms, hydrate the body, and reduce your overall recovery time.
Health Assessment and Initial Documentation
A qualified medical practitioner conducts a health evaluation before embarking on the treatment journey. Afterward, documentation encompassing a patient’s medical history and mandatory consent forms are addressed.
Prior to IV administration, nurses clean the injection site with an alcohol swab to sterilize the area. Afterward, a catheter and needle are injected into a suitable vein.
Once the catheter is firmly positioned within the vein, the needle is removed, leaving the catheter intact to ease the infusion of IV fluid.
Connection of Drip Bag
The catheter is connected to a conduit stemming from a fluid-filled drip bag.
With the preparatory phases addressed, the nurse supervises the gradual infusion of the IV fluid. Patient well-being is vigilantly monitored throughout this phase until the fluid infusion attains completion. This process typically takes 30 to 45 minutes.
What Goes in IVs?
Depending on your issue and health needs, there are different concoctions in IV drips, but three main ingredients exist.
This is the most common type of IV fluid. It contains salt and water, perfect for treating hangovers or dehydration since sodium is a form of electrolyte.
You can receive this if you have a vitamin deficiency to help strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, and maintain healthy body functions.
These essential compounds and elements help with blood pressure, hydration, muscle and nerve function regulation, etc. The most common electrolytes include sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, bicarbonate, and phosphate.
Get Safe IV Therapy Today
Method Aesthetics has a team of nurses who offer customized IV solutions based on patients’ health needs and goals, including nutrient supplementation, substance recovery, and overall health and wellness.
Contact us for more information or book an appointment online through our booking form.
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