Infusion Therapy Only for Medical Conditions
Windowofworld.com – Infusion therapy is a treatment method that aims to deliver fluids or drugs through a vein. This method is especially important in patients who are dehydrated, have bleeding, cannot swallow, are in a coma, or are about to undergo surgery.
The main goal of infusion therapy is to provide a certain amount of fluids into the patient’s body to replace body fluids and electrolytes lost due to certain diseases or medical procedures.
This infusion therapy is generally given to patients who are deficient in body fluids and electrolytes (dehydration), where the patient cannot eat and drink, or their intake of food and drink is insufficient. In addition, infusion therapy is also used to facilitate the administration of injectable drugs that need to be inserted through a vein.
Benefits of Infusion Therapy in General
There are many types of intravenous fluids used in infusion therapy, but generally intravenous fluids contain water, electrolytes, and glucose. The type of intravenous fluids given depends on the patient’s medical condition, age, electrolyte levels, and blood sugar levels. In addition to providing fluids, infusion therapy also needs to be done before blood transfusions.
The following are some of the common conditions that require infusion therapy:
- Indigestion, such as severe diarrhea, gastric ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding.
- Severe dehydration.
- Heart attack.
- Patients with impaired organ function, such as kidney failure or liver failure.
- Severe infection or sepsis.
- Severe malnutrition.
- Loss of consciousness or coma.
The provision of infusion therapy to patients is not limited to the conditions above. A number of other medical conditions may also require intravenous treatment, such as serious injuries, severe burns, or preparation before major surgery.
The dose and choice of fluids in infusion therapy are determined by the doctor, and usually the installation will be assisted by a nurse. Infusion therapy performed by a doctor or nurse in a clinic or hospital is generally safe, although there may be side effects.
Some of the side effects that may occur due to infusion therapy are infection, allergic reactions, blood clots, and air embolism. Immediately notify the nurse or doctor if you see signs of infection at the infusion site, such as swelling, redness, and pain, or if there are air bubbles in the IV line.