Intravenous (IV), therapy is common and over 90% of patients in hospitals receive an IV. IV therapy allows fluids, blood or medication to be delivered directly into the patient's system via the veins. This makes IV therapy extremely effective for patients who need fast delivery of drugs and other IV fluids.
IV Therapy for dehydration
Water makes up approximately 60% of the body. Water is lost when we exercise, breathe, sweat, urinate or exert ourselves physically. Dehydration can be exacerbated by factors like high temperatures, alcohol consumption, and sports participation.
Signs and symptoms of dehydration
Thirst is the first and most obvious sign of dehydration. If the dehydration persists without any countermeasures, the body will increase heart rate and blood pressure in order to compensate. This is to ensure adequate blood flow to the organs.
Common signs of dehydration are: