IV Antibiotics Treatment Questions and Answers
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Sometimes taking a pill the old-fashioned way does not have the same effect when treating certain infections. In such cases, intravenous (IV) therapy is an excellent alternative to administer antibiotics and other fluids for serious infections and other medical concerns. At Ahava Medical and Rehabilitation Center, we are proud to offer high-quality IV antibiotic treatment to any patient who needs it!
What are IV Fluids and IV Antibiotics?
IV therapy administers substances, such as particular fluids or antibiotics, directly into a patient’s veins whenever oral hydration or antibiotics are either not a possibility or not sufficient to address a particular bacterial infection. When fluids or antibiotics are administered intravenously, they are often referred to as “drips,” as the dosage is regulated to control the amount of antibiotics or fluid the patient receives.
IV therapy is often prescribed when a patient is severely dehydrated or has a serious bacterial infection that requires a higher concentration of antibiotics than oral antibiotics can provide. When fluids or antibiotics are taken orally, they are broken down by your digestive system, which inevitably reduces the impact they have on your body by the time they reach your bloodstream. As such, IV therapy bypasses your digestive system and goes directly to your bloodstream so that your body can receive fluids or antibiotics more substantially and efficiently.
Where Can I Go for IV Antibiotics?
If you require IV antibiotic treatment, several places offer these services, including the emergency room, hospital, or various urgent care clinics. While all hospitals and emergency rooms provide IV antibiotic treatment, not all urgent care clinics will. That said, if you can find an urgent care clinic that provides IV antibiotic treatment, you will likely be better off seeking medical treatment there than in the emergency room or hospital, as you will save both time and money in doing so due to less expensive and more streamlined services.
That said, if your need for IV antibiotic treatment stems from a life-threatening emergency, you should immediately go to your nearest emergency room, as urgent care clinics are not equipped to handle such situations. However, this frees urgent care clinics up to see patients on a first-come, first-served basis, as opposed to the emergency room practice of prioritizing patients based on the severity of their condition. Consequently, patients typically spend less time in the waiting room before seeing a physician at urgent care clinics.
If you live in or near Brooklyn, Inwood, or Liberty, New York, our urgent care clinic at Ahava Medical & Rehabilitation Center would be delighted to provide you with IV antibiotic treatment if you need it!
What should I expect when receiving IV Antibiotics at Ahava Medical & Rehab?
When you come to Ahava Medical & Rehabilitation Center for IV antibiotic treatment, we want you to feel comfortable and welcome. During your appointment, a physician or other medical professional will likely begin by disinfecting the area of the skin where the IV catheter will be inserted into the vein. Most of the time, this takes place in one of the veins in your arm. The insertion of the catheter may sting but is no more invasive than a small needle, and the discomfort should not last longer than a few seconds. The catheter line will be connected to a fluid bag that contains the antibiotics you are being treated with, which will then be delivered at a set rate of flow on a nearby monitor. The monitor will be checked regularly throughout the appointment to ensure it is functioning correctly.
For more information on what to expect when receiving IV antibiotics at Ahava Medical & Rehabilitation Center, please feel free to call us at the clinic nearest you!