Hydration therapy involves the intravenous administration of fluids and some electrolytes. It is indicated whenever someone is unable to obtain and retain adequate amounts of these substances by drinking. The nausea and vomiting of pregnancy or as a side effect of chemotherapy may be severe enough to require hydration therapy. Orthostatic hypotension (a drop in blood pressure with a change in position) can be successfully treated with fluid administration. Hydration therapy can be intermittent with a bag of IV fluid given every 8 or 12 hours, or it can run continuously, similar to what is normally found in hospitals. MediLink nurses can insert the IV line most appropriate for the expected length of your therapy and will teach you how to administer the fluids according to your doctors order. As always, MediLink pharmacists and nurses are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week to assist you with any problems you may have with your infusion or IV line.
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