IV Fluids Treatment Questions and Answers
Physicians Now Urgent Care provides IV fluids treatment to treat dehydration, chronic pain, in addition to several other conditions, illnesses, and injuries. Feel free to call us today or come to 15215 Shady Grove Road, Suite 100, in Rockville, Maryland, for a walk-in appointment. We serve patients from Rockville MD, Norbeck MD, Redland MD, Travilah MD, Potomac MD, and Aspen Hill.
While the needle may deter you, intravenous (IV) fluid treatments are an excellent way to receive quick and robust medical care for several different conditions, injuries, and illnesses! At Physicians Now Urgent Care, our board-certified doctors can make sure the initial discomfort from the needle is over in the blink of an eye before providing you with IV fluids treatment so that you can receive excellent medical care without worry!
What is the use of IV fluids?
Intravenous fluids are used for numerous reasons in hospitals, primary care clinics, and urgent care center settings! Whether they are used in life-saving measures, to relieve pain, or to replenish lost fluids or nutrients in the body, IV fluids are an excellent way to help a diverse range of patients. Some of the specific uses of IV fluids include the following:
- Administering pain medication
- Blood transfusions, following a traumatic injury where there has been a significant loss of blood
- Fighting infection
- Treating dehydration after an illness, overdose, intoxication, or strenuous physical activity
- Supply water and nutrients to patients during surgery or coma
What are the benefits of IV fluids?
Intravenous fluids are an effective way to give your body the hydration, medication, or nutrients it needs much more quickly and efficiently than if they were administered orally. When the fluids are administered intravenously, they bypass your digestive system and go directly to your bloodstream, where they will travel throughout your body to the cells, tissues, and organs that require their services. In contrast, whenever anything is taken orally, the body breaks it down in the digestive system and diminishes the overall value that the substance provides. Moreover, your body does not receive the benefits of any orally ingested substance until it has been absorbed and digested, which could take several hours. In this way, IV fluids are incredibly beneficial when hydration, pain relief, or antibiotic treatment are needed urgently for a robust response. IV fluids help ensure wounds heal properly, boost immunity after getting sick, improve energy and concentration, and help with digestion.
How long does IV fluid last?
The length of time that intravenous fluids remain in your body depends on such things as your metabolic rate, renal (kidney) function, and the specific ingredients in the IV drip. As such, while some IV fluids remain in your system for six hours before they are metabolized or excreted in the urine, such as saline, others can last for several days, such as some chemotherapy medications. When you come to Physicians Now Urgent Care for IV fluids treatment, our board-certified physicians can let you know how long the particular fluid you are given is expected to remain in your system.
How often can you get IV fluids?
The frequency with which you can receive intravenous fluids varies from patient to patient and depends on such things as the patient’s overall health status, weight, age, and reasons for receiving IV fluids. After we provide an initial consultation and evaluation, our doctors at Physicians Now Urgent Care can give you a recommendation for how often you can safely receive IV fluids.
For more information about IV fluids treatment at Physicians Now Urgent Care or for an appointment with us, please do not hesitate to contact us! We welcome you to call us at (301) 519-0902 or come to 15215 Shady Grove Road, Suite 100, in Rockville, Maryland, for a walk-in appointment. Our doors are open to you during the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM from Monday to Friday and also on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.