In some cases, intravenous (IV) antibiotics can be helpful when recovering at home. They can be much more convenient to administer from home instead of having to make the journey to the clinic or hospital for the treatment. With a quick session with a clinician to learn how to utilize at-home IV antibiotic treatment, patients may be able to work on healing from the comfort of their own homes.
What are IV Antibiotics?
Intravenous antibiotics are antibiotics administered directly into the vein as a treatment for a variety of infections. IV antibiotics are usually given through a small tube, called a catheter, placed in a large vein, normally in the upper arm. To protect the catheter, a sterile covering will be placed to keep the area clean. Catheter care involves changing the dressing weekly, usually done by a nurse, and precautions implemented to protect the catheter.
Antibiotics administered via IV catheter bypass absorption in the gut as they immediately enter the bloodstream. Using this method, medication can reach tissues much more quickly and at a higher concentration than oral medications.
What are IV Antibiotics Used For?
Intravenous antibiotics can be very beneficial when contending with varying infections. The healthcare provider will determine the best course of action for the specific situation. In some cases, a lengthy course of antibiotics will be necessary. In these situations, patients may have the option to administer IV antibiotics at home. With a lesson from the clinician on administration, patients may be able to administer their treatment at home, eliminating the need to travel to the hospital multiple times per day.
Administration of IV antibiotics at home should only be done if the patient is comfortable completing the steps. Other options are available if the patient is not comfortable administering the antibiotics at home, including admission to a skilled nursing facility or visiting an outpatient infusion center as necessary for the medication to be given.
What To Expect When Receiving At-Home IV Antibiotics
At-home IV antibiotics can eliminate the need to travel back and forth to a healthcare facility for IV antibiotic administration. Since most patients require between 1 and 3 doses per day for up to 8 weeks, traveling back and forth can become very burdensome. At-home administration can be much more convenient, providing the patient or patient’s family member is comfortable with administering the antibiotic. While Drip Hydration doesn’t offer at-home IV antibiotics, we do offer other recovery IVs. Contact us to learn more about our services.
Treatment at home using IV antibiotics works in a fairly simple way. A catheter is placed and protected by sterile dressings. The team of healthcare providers on the case, which can include many members, will work with the patient receiving the antibiotics. Depending on the patient’s insurance, weekly catheter care, education on at-home administration, and blood draws may be done at home or in the clinic. If the doctor determines the antibiotic treatment can cease, a nurse will remove the catheter in the clinic or at home.
How Can Drip Hydration Help?
Although Drip Hydration does not provide IV antibiotics, they have several IV therapy treatment options to help keep you functioning at your best. With options ranging from immune boost, beauty, and brain health treatments, there is an array of choices to help you look and feel your best.
IV fluids are combined with a blend of electrolytes, vitamins, antioxidants, and the like to promote excellent health and wellbeing. Whether you are reeling from a whirlwind night out with friends and need the hangover treatment or are looking for an all-inclusive boost for full-body wellness, Drip Hydration has something for you!
In-Home IV Treatments With Drip Hydration
Drip Hydration offers mobile IV treatments in the comfort of your home. Once you book your appointment, a certified nurse will come to your desired location and administer the treatment, which usually takes less than an hour. During this time, you can do anything you’d like, such as relax under a warm blanket or watch TV. Drip Hydration will also go to hotels, worksites, or other locations upon request.
You can either browse our treatment options and decide which is best for you or speak to a representative who can help you choose what you need based on your health goals. To schedule your appointment or learn more, contact us today!