There are many reasons why severe dehydration can occur. The most popular reason is over-consumption of alcoholic beverages, leading to a hangover. Some people just don’t understand the importance of staying hydrated. When this goes on for long enough, serious repercussions can occur. Whatever the cause of severe dehydration, there is help in the form of IV hydration.
What is IV Hydration?
IV hydration is the process of supplying fluids directly into the body through the veins. In fact, the term intravenous means “within vein”. This is about the fastest way to deliver fluids and medications directly into the bloodstream. When there is a substantial loss of fluid from the body, important nutrients quickly leave the body as well. This leads to a feeling of weakness, nausea and even dizziness.
Surely, many of us have heard of the benefits of drinking Gatorade, Powerade and similar beverages after engaging in sports, labor or general physical exertion that depletes the body of important minerals and nutrients. These drinks are designed to replace these nutrients that are lost through sweating at a rapid rate. IV hydration accomplishes this in a much more efficient and beneficial way.
The IV Hydration Procedure
IV hydration is carried out in the comfort of our office in Wellesley, MA. Our medical professionals will determine what kind of fluid the patient needs the most. This might involve basic fluids for rehydration purposes or it might contain other ingredients that the patient desperately needs.
The amount of fluid that enters through the veins can be adjusted by the medical professional in charge of monitoring the procedure. This is usually accomplished by using a valve or a pump that is attached to the IV tubing. The IV line needs to be checked regularly to ensure that the arm is secure enough for the fluids to flow freely.
Some people receive IV hydration not as an emergency measure, but as a way to improve their body’s circulation of fluids and to receive a healthier, revitalized feeling that can last for days if the right kinds of fluids are consumed continuously afterward.
The Many Benefits
There is little to no risk involved in IV hydration. Throughout the entire procedure, our medical professionals regularly check for the accuracy and usefulness of the treatment.