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Dr. Michael Opsahl
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Intravenous Fluids (Overview)

Intravenous means "within a vein." It usually refers to giving medications or fluids (solutions) through a needle or tube inserted into a vein, which allows immediate access to the blood supply. For example, intravenous (IV) fluids.


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How does intravenous fluids wear off?

How does intravenous fluids wear off?

Medical Questions: I am not sure if I am missing the point. But, all fluids in your body go through the liver, lungs and kidneys and are used up and cleaned up and excreted. I am not sure why you wonder about this. If I am missing the point then please ask again. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Opsahl
310 doctors shared insights

Intravenous Fluids (Overview)

Intravenous means "within a vein." It usually refers to giving medications or fluids (solutions) through a needle or tube inserted into a vein, which allows immediate access to the blood supply. For example, intravenous (IV) fluids.


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What is the rate at which intravenous fluids enter your body?

Rate is adjustable: And decided by treating physician. It may vary from 30cc/h to wide open. ...Read more

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What are the different types of intravenous fluids and when are they used?

What are the different types of intravenous fluids and when are they used?

Sugar, salt, lactate: Iv fluids 101. The most common IV fluids uses are some combination and concentration of sugar (glucose, dextrose), salt (saline), and lactate. These combos are generally either isotonic (same concentration as blood), or hypotonic (less so). So, d5w is hypotonic sugar water that would be used for water depleted state; ns (normal saline) for low blood volume state. D5 in 1/2 ns for dehydration.... ...Read more

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What causes a red streak up your arm where intravenous fluids were at?

What causes a red streak up your arm where intravenous fluids were at?

Cellulitis: Cellulitis is a mild bacterial infection from the injection site of the IV that now spreads up the arm. Topical antibiotics or changing the IV site both help to alleviate the problem. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the reason behind the infusion of intravenous fluid on a patient having cerebral edema?

Please help! what is the reason behind the infusion of intravenous fluid on a patient having cerebral edema?

Intensive care: Patients with cerebral edema may have significant brain dysfunction, causing decreased alertness or even coma. These patients cannot eat or drink. Iv fluids are administered to maintain fluid balance, control normal electrolytes, and minimize worsening of edema. ...Read more

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How can I administer epinephrine intravenously?

How can I administer epinephrine intravenously?

Intravenous: Yes, you may need epinephrine intravenously from time to time but please make contact with your treating physician to advise you when and when not to take an injection. You will also be advised carefully how to deliver the medication. ...Read more