Intravenous therapy, Intravenous Infusion Defined:

Intravenous therapy, Intravenous Infusion

Intravenous therapy, or IV therapy, is a method of delivering liquid substances directly into a vein (intra- + ven- + -ous). Intravenous therapy can be used for injections or infusions. Intravenous injections are administered with a syringe at higher pressures. Intravenous infusions rely on the pressure supplied by gravity.

Intravenous infusions are commonly referred to as drips. During an intravenous infusion, fluids other than blood are slowly introduced into a vein using a steel needle or plastic catheter.

It is considered the fastest way to deliver medications throughout the body because the circulation carries them.

Intravenous therapy is commonly used to correct dehydration or electrolyte imbalances, for blood transfusions, and to deliver medications.

Ketamine and Intravenous therapy, Intravenous Infusion:

Ketamine can be administered into the body in different ways:

  • Intravenous infusion (IV therapy)
  • Intramuscular injection (IM)
  • Nasal spray

The most common route of administration for ketamine is through intravenous infusion. IV infusion has the following benefits:

  • It allows the drug to be delivered to the brain at a controlled rate, set by the physician.
  • Anesthesiologists are trained to recognize signs that your infusion is too fast or slow, and can fine-tune the rate accordingly.
  • Ketamine administered via IV therapy has 100% bioavailability, which means that 100% of the ketamine reaches the bloodstream without being metabolized.
  • Intravenous infusions can be adjusted or stopped immediately if needed.
  • Ketamine IV therapy provides the most predictable results and the greatest chance of maximum relief for patients.

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