The first thing that comes to our mind when it comes to weight loss is reducing our intake of food. However, most of us don’t really mind our recommended daily intake of vitamins as we put great importance to the number of calories we should eat in a day. This compromises our immune system, making us more susceptible to diseases. To prevent that from happening, we need to take the vitamins we need.
One of the methods of vitamin administration that is gaining popularity nowadays is through intravenous infusion. Although most of the vitamins that are found in these infusions are found in food, but due to the fact that it bypasses the digestive tract, an individual may get up to 10 times the amount of vitamins in one single treatment. The number of infusions a person will depend upon their individual health. Intravenous vitamin therapy is given over 30-45 minutes infusion. They are said to be safe and has potentially low chances of side effects.
Inserting an IV
It is important to note that IV insertion should be done only by a licensed health care professional. However, knowing the procedure would ensure and let you know that your provider is doing it the right way.
- Don latex gloves. Look for the vein and make sure you can fully palpate it with your fingers. As soon as you have chosen the site, clean it with an alcohol swab to deter the spread of bacteria.
- Remove the packaging of the IV catheter. To ensure that the vein is ready for insertion, stabilize it first. Insert the catheter into the skin while gradually decreasing the angle as you go further in to the vein. Secure the catheter to the skin with the use of gauze and a medical tape.
- Connect the IV catheter to the IV line ensuring that there are no air bubbles inside the catheter and the line.
- Adjust the IV drip to the desired rate to ensure that veins will be kept open and patent.