Beginning IV Therapy and Flow Rate/ Learn
Elizabeth Bodman, Austin Community College

What Is IV Therapy?

As the name implies, IV therapy allows us to infuse solutions directly into a person's veins. We can use IV therapy to provide fluids, electrolytes, medications, and sometimes even nutrition. There are benefits and risks to this type of therapy. Benefits include:

However, there are also risks associated with IV therapy. Any solution injected directly into a vein will quickly be disbursed throughout the body so any toxic effects may occur very quickly. Likewise, if the IV site is not properly cared for, a serious infection can develop.


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