Intravenous, or IV, therapy has become a frequent treatment technique at skilled nursing facilities across the country. IV therapy is sometimes referred to as a drip, since many IV therapy systems employ a drip chamber designed to prevent any air from entering the bloodstream. IV therapy offers numerous benefits, including correcting fluid imbalances and administering medications.
Many patients admitted to a hospital require some form of IV therapy, while some patients may need IV therapy on a long-term basis. As typical patient hospital stays are becoming shorter, IV therapy can be a valuable treatment method that is performed in an extended care facility under the direction of a physician and carried out by skilled nursing staff.