What is IV Therapy

IV Therapy in Toronto is a lifesaving medical protocol of administering a fluid substance directly into a person’s vein through a catheter.


Many of the medical treatments today were pioneered by our ancestors and evolved over time as knowledge of human anatomy and physiology grew. Blood therapy dates back to ancient times when bloodletting and leeches were used as a method of extracting illnesses. Those first attempts in what they believed would rid people of illness through extracting blood were made in the early 17th Century and later abandoned due to poor results. Not until the 19th Century when the Cholera Epidemic, some 200 years later was the idea revisited when the patient’s dehydration was the primary cause of fatalities. Not until the 20th Century when blood typing along with the discovery of pyrogens did IV therapy become much safer. Knowledge gained by physicians in field hospitals during the two world wars was a contributing factor in making IV Therapy a safe treatment. The further discovery of plastic used in the plastic bags to hold IV fluids and in catheters reduced the threat of infections. Developed over time by our ancestors IV Therapy is now a practical, beneficial lifesaving treatment.

Types of IV Therapy

An IV can be used as a method of administering 3 types of therapies while providing care for a patient, the introduction of IV fluids, drug therapies or blood products.


Imagine you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, paramedics will arrive on the scene, make an assessment of your injuries and decide to transport you to the Hospital. One of the first things a paramedic is trained to do is insert a catheter in your vein then hang a bag of IV solution to keep you hydrated and replace any blood volume lost due to injuries.


On arrival at the hospital you may be experiencing a high level of pain from your injuries, the Emergency nurse can then inject pain medications through the IV known as a push. Further observation or tests may be needed to evaluate your condition and any antibiotics to fight an infection can be administered through the IV as well this is called piggybacking.


Lab tests reveal you’ve lost too much blood from your injuries, your red blood count is too low and the Physician writes an order for a blood transfusion which is then administered through IV as well. Should any surgery be needed of course IV Therapies are there to administer any fluids, drugs or blood products if they are required.

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Rethinking Your Child’s Sports Drink

A 4 to 5-year old kid can drink an average of 17 teaspoons of added sugar every day, which is approximately 65 pounds of added sugar every year. The added sugar intake of a kid normally comes from candies, high-fat content desserts, and beverages loaded with sugar such as soft drinks and fruit drinks, Not only these drinks contribute to poor nutrition and increase the risk for obesity, they are also culprits to maintaining good oral health, according to Vancouver Pediatric Dentists.

What Should Kids Drink?

  1. Water and milk are the best choices.

Aside from having zero calorie content, water is great thirst-quencher that has no sugar. A single cup of milk contains 300 milligrams of calcium, thus considered to be a good provider for the daily needs of a child.

For milk, make sure to go for fat-free (skim) or low-fat (1%) milk. Dietary guidelines of 2015 for milk or other dairy products or fortified soy drinks for kids are as follows:

  • Ages two to three should drink two cups (480 milliliters) every day.
  • Ages four to eight should have two and a half cups (600 milliliters) per day.
  • Ages nine and older should have three cups (720 milliliters) per day.
  1. Avoid soda.

Nowadays, a lot of children do not drink water – they instead drink sweetened soft drinks, which is alarming. Convincing ads that show sodas and sports drinks are essential for keeping our kids hydrated and satisfied are all over the TV and internet. Sadly, these ads aren’t true. The selling of soft drinks to children is one big industry. According to Beverage-Digest, in 2011, in the US alone, the sale of soda was over and above $74.2 billion dollars. No doubt that our children are barraged with ads for these drinks.

  • Soda: overflowing with sugar and other additives – must be avoided
  • Energy drinks: overflowing with sugar and has high caffeine content – must be avoided
  • Sports drinks: overflowing with excessive sugar – over-hyped and must be avoided
  • Diet drinks: triggers the development of your child’s sweet tooth, which has been associated with obesity – must be avoided
  1. Sports drinks are not for everyone.

Sports drinks are intended for kids who are involved in hours of strenuous activities. These drinks have electrolytes such as potassium and sodium, which are excreted by the body through sweat. Electrolytes are vital to maintaining the balance of fluid levels of the body and for the muscles to work appropriately. But, sports drinks are not required for casual sport enthusiasts and must not be taken regularly.

A friendly reminder from Smiletown Dentistry Vancouver, next time your child reaches for a drink, refrain them from drinking beverages with excessive sugar content. Just bear in mind that you are responsible for what your child drinks – so if you do not buy them, they will not drink it.