Intravenous Hydration

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Penn Home Infusion Team
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Last Modified: November 1, 2001


Your doctor has determined that you will need intravenous (into the vein) hydration at home.

Intravenous hydration provides you with the fluid that your body needs when you cannot take enough fluid by mouth.

The fluid you are receiving is made up of sterile water and electrolytes. It is administered directly into your veins by either a pump or gravity drip method.

The name of your solution is ____________________.


This solution will be given over a period of hours from to It may be given every day or less often, depending on your fluid needs. Your doctor will prescribe how much fluid you need. The rate of your infusion is you will infuse every _____.

Adding Medications

Your doctor may want you to add extra medications to the solution that you are receiving. Your nurse will teach you how to properly inject them into the bag.

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