Intravenous therapy - Definition


Definition


Intravenous therapy consists of a long, progressive injection to the vein. A catheter, a type of flexible tube, is inserted into a peripheral vein, or sometimes into a central vein to allow for a higher volume of diffusion. Fluids administered can be blood, in blood transfusions particularly used in cases of severe anemia (decrease in blood hemoglobin volume); or a solution of molecule compounds aimed at stimulating blood pressure when it falls too low to compensate for blood loss following an accident, for example; or even medication. This last type of intravenous therapy is employed when oral administration is not possible, due to the patient being incapable of taking medication orally, or when a faster, more effective treatment is required, such as for certain potentially serious infections. The possible complications consist primarily of venal inflammation and blood infection.
Original article published by Jeff. Translated by Jeff. Latest update on October 29, 2013 at 07:16 AM by Jeff.
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