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What are intravenous fluids?

What are intravenous fluids?

Water, sugar and salt are important in helping the body to function. Intravenous fluids (usually shortened to 'IV' fluids) are liquids given to replace water, sugar and salt that you might need if you are ill or having an operation, and can't eat or drink as you would normally. IV fluids are given straight into a vein through a drip.

Making sure that everyone in hospital is getting the right amount of fluid is really important for good patient care. While you are having IV therapy you should be monitored regularly.

IV fluids should be stopped when you can eat and drink normally.

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