How to Choose the Right IV Tubing

Those who regularly receive IV infusions in the form of IV fluids, medications, or IV therapy, will quickly notice that there are a couple of different types of IV tubing available. Although we do not recommend self-administering anything in an IV, it is helpful to know about the different types of tubing for your own knowledge. Below, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about IV tubing and how to choose IV tubing.

What Are the Types of IV Tubing?

There are a few main types of IV tubing: filtered IV set, vented IV tubing, non-vented IV tubing, and gravity tubing. Each type of IV tubing offers its own unique benefits and can be used for different purposes.

  • Filtered IV tubing features a small filter that can help filter out any contaminants that may be present in the infusion.
  • Vented IV tubing features a vent that allows air to leave the IV infusion to prevent the infusion from being delayed.
  • Non-vented IV tubing is simply the opposite of vented IV tubing. This tubing will not feature a vent.
  • Gravity tubing is designed to rely on gravity and flow rates to administer IV infusions.

How Do You Choose Which Type is Right for You?

The good news is, you won’t ever have to choose your IV tubing — unless, of course, you’re a nurse who is administering infusions to a patient. You should never administer your own IV infusions, but if you receive at home infusions and you’d like to purchase your own supplies, you may want to ask your nurse what type of tubing they recommend because this can vary depending on the type of medication or infusion you will be receiving.

Where Can You Get IV Tubing?

IV tubing can be purchased online from some retailers, or you can acquire it through the help of a home health nurse.

The Risks of Self-Administering IVs

Self-administering IV infusions can lead to serious medical complications and even death. We always recommend having a skilled nurse perform any IV infusions and never attempt these procedures on your own.

For Safe and Professional IV Therapy, Try Drip Hydration

Drip Hydration is an at-home IV therapy service that offers wellness infusions such as vitamins and minerals as well as IV hydration therapy. Our services include the support of a certified nurse who is expertly trained in IV administration. With Drip Hydration, you can experience the benefits of IV therapy without having to leave the comfort of your own home.

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!