Intravenous therapy (IV) or Infusion Therapy delivers fluids directly into a vein. The intravenous route of administration can be used both for injections, using a syringe at higher pressures; as well as for infusions, typically using only the pressure supplied by gravity. Over 90% of hospitalised patients receive infusion therapy, which makes it one of the most common invasive treatment procedures and a critical component of modern medicine.
However, it is not always apparent how much replacement fluid the patient needs. There are many situations where the patient fluid loss is critical, so it is vital to review the fluid balance every day by senior members of the team. This task should not be taken lightly and is a routine procedure that should be adopted. Everyone involved with patient care has an important role in observing patient’s fluid balance. Careful and accurate fluid management will improve patient outcomes and hopefully shorten their hospital stay.
Complications can be reduced with accurate intravenous fluid therapy. This can result in shorter hospital stay and reduces costs. Additionally, common infusion sets are suitable for Monidrop®, which in turn will save costs in consumables as much as over 80% compared to devices which require dedicated infusion sets.