Intravenous infusion is the infusion of drugs or liquid substances directly into the bloodstream through a vein. The most common use is the use of a drip to administer drugs into a patient’s body. It has also been used to correct electrolyte imbalances and for blood transfusion. The substances administered to the body include blood based products, volume expanders, blood substitutes, medicine,buffer solutions and nutrition.
IV Fusion is beneficial to the body. For patients in a coma or those unable to perform any body functions, it is the most efficient ways of administering what the body needs. There are however some negative effects of the treatment.
THE SIDE EFFECTS OF IV FUSION
Intense pain as the catheter is put in the vein is one of the side effects. Patients have to bare the terrible pain of an uncomfortable drip in their hand while oral treatments could have borne the desired effects of the treatment with no pain.
Inflammation of the body is common on the area where the injection was administered .With swelling and pain, the inflammation is a cause of severe discomfort for the patient.
A patient can also get an infection. Pathogens such as Candida Albicans have been known to travel through the opening where injection was administered and cause an infection. Septicemia a septic disease can be acquired resulting in fatal complications.
A patient may suffer from:
- heart failure
These diseases mostly occur if the patient gets cold liquids introduced to their body. Infiltration has been known to happen to patients when the solution being introduced to the body goes to other tissues other than the vein. If the vein ruptures or damaged, tissuing can happen. Though not serious, it is a common adverse effect of IV fusion.
ALTERNATIVES TO IV FUSION
Alternative medical treatments to IV fusion have been recommended for cases where the use of IV fusion is unnecessary. The alternative treatments include Chinese herbal remedies such as acupuncture. Acupuncture is an ancient practice where needles are injected on the body to relieve medical ailments. It has worked successful for many years and continues to be practiced widely all over the world. Moxibustion acupuncture is where dried mugwort is burned to prevent diseases such as cancer, stroke and breech babies.
Chinese herbal medicines offer holistic, non-medical and safe treatments to be used as an alternative to medical treatments. No one should have to suffer the undesired effects of medical treatment when nature offers the best solutions to our problems.