Intravenous (IV) Fluid Therapy
IV fluids are specially formulated liquids that are infused through a vein into your body to treat dehydration. They are used in people of all ages who are sick, dehydrated from gastroenteritis, morning sickness or exercise or heat. Intravenous rehydration is a simple, safe and common procedure with a low risk of complications.
What are IV fluids?
IV fluids are liquids injected into a person’s veins through an IV (intravenous) tube. They prevent or treat dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.
Why are intravenous fluids used?
Water is essential to every cell in our bodies. In fact, our bodies are made up of about 60% water. When you don’t have enough water in your body, that’s called dehydration. A person needs IV fluids when they become dangerously dehydrated.
Serious dehydration may occur when you:
- Are sick (vomiting and diarrhoea) from gastroenteritis or vomiting from severe morning sickness (also known as Hyperemesis gravidarum).
- Exercise too much or spend too much time in the heat without drinking enough.