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.

History

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.

Fluids

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.

Drugs

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.

Blood

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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