IV Hydration – Things to consider

IV hydration therapy is a term used to define the procedure of intravenous replenishment of fluids or nutrients to an acute patient’s blood. The fluids that are given intravenously are blood products such as plasma and red blood cells, or plasma and platelets. The process is usually performed when a person is in severe need of fluids because of extreme conditions such as organ failure, or severe acute illness. These procedures can be performed as outpatient surgical emergencies, or as hospital admissions. The procedures may be required as a part of emergency medicine management or orthopedic surgery. Functional Medicine is an excellent resource for this.

In the treatment of patients with severe nutrition deficiencies, IV hydration therapies may be lifesaving options. Common IV hydration therapies include supplemental protein and electrolyte replacement. The use of IV hydration allows patients to receive the essential fluids they need to stay healthy and function normally. Even in situations where medical intervention is not necessary, the administration of IV hydration allows for improved nutritional intake, thus improving the health of the digestive system. It also allows for regular replenishment of electrolytes, which may be lost due to vomiting, diarrhea, and hyperventilation, among other reasons.

In most cases, it is fairly easy for patients to consume electrolyte-rich foods or drinks like milk, but there are some patients who may require IV hydration, especially those with severely compromised digestive systems. A standard IV hydration regime consists of two different solutions. One solution contains concentrated electrolytes, while the other solution contains nutrients that are absorbed directly into the body. Electrolyte-based solutions are usually reserved for persons with extremely poor diets or for persons with extreme nutritional needs, while multi-nutritional solutions are recommended for persons with normal diets and normal nutritional needs.