IV Therapy Madison MS
Intravenous therapy or IV therapy is administering medication and nutrients directly into the bloodstream via a vein for the body’s immediate use. It is a more efficient and effective method of administration not only of drugs but also of fluids and antibiotics.
Our IV Therapy Services
We provide a wide array of IV therapy services that include:
- Antibiotic therapy
- Blood transfusions
- Injections for vitamin B12, rabies, shingles, Lovenox, Neupogen, and Xolair
- Medications such as Lasix
- Multiple sclerosis treatment
- Reclast for osteoporosis
- Infusions for IVIG
- Pre and post infusions for radiological procedures
- Lab draw from PICCS and ports
- Procrit injections and monitoring
- Port flushes and maintenance
- Central line maintenance and care
Indications for Intravenous Therapy
IV therapy can benefit anyone, whether you are a vitamin B12 deficient individual, an athlete who is depleted of electrolytes, someone who needs blood transfusions, or a patient who needs infusions related to radiological procedures.
Advantages of IV Therapy
IV therapy is preferred because of its superiority in:
IV therapy is often used for medications that must be given at a constant but slow and steady rate.
If a patient needs medication fast, for example, having a heart attack or poisoning, oral medications will take too long. IV therapy will deliver the drug directly into the bloodstream for quick absorption.
There are drugs that lose their efficacy if given orally, as the digestive fluids from the stomach or liver will break them down. IV therapy is preferable to circumvent that scenario.
Types of IV Therapy Administration
These types of IV therapy are indicated for short-term medication administration:
- IV push
A syringe is plunged into the catheter and delivers a one-time dosage of medication.
- IV infusion
Gravity is used to control the administration of medication.
- Pump infusion
A pump, connected to the IV line, controls the dosage and speed with which the medication is sent into the catheter.
- Drip infusion
A bag containing the medication and solution is placed on a rack above the patient, and gravity pulls it down into the catheter.
A central venous catheter or CVC is used if medication needs to be given over a more extended period of time and stays in place for several weeks.
The 3 main types of CVCs are:
- Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)
Its main area of insertion is usually in a vein above the patient’s elbow.
- Tunneled catheter
One end of this catheter is inserted into a vein in the chest or neck, embedded throughout the body with the other end coming out through the skin.
- Implanted port
This is very similar to a tunneled catheter, but it is buried entirely under the skin. The medication is injected through the skin and into the port.