The Vital Role of IV Therapy in Skilled Nursing Care

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For some short term rehabilitation patients, intravenous (IV) therapy can play a vital role in the recovery process. Its unique ability to quickly deliver medications and hydration directly into the bloodstream makes it an effective medical intervention.

Having access to receive IV therapy in a skilled nursing facility enhances patient care and contributes to a more responsive and streamlined healthcare experience.

What is IV Therapy?

Intravenous (IV) therapy involves delivering fluids or medications directly into a patient’s bloodstream. This medical technique is typically performed by inserting a thin, flexible tube called an intravenous catheter into a vein, often in the arm or hand.

IV therapy is commonly employed for various purposes, including:

  • Hydration: Administering fluids to prevent or treat dehydration.
  • Medication Administration: Delivering medications, such as antibiotics, pain relievers, or chemotherapy drugs, directly into the bloodstream for rapid and effective absorption.
  • Nutritional Support: Providing essential nutrients, vitamins, or minerals intravenously, particularly in cases where oral intake is challenging.

The method allows for a quick and direct entry of medication, hydration, or nutrition into the circulatory system, ensuring effective administration.


The Convenience of IV Therapy in Skilled Nursing Care

A variety of medical conditions and treatment needs can benefit from IV therapy, and short term rehab patients appreciate the convenience of this service being offered on-site. The Methodist Home is able to offer and provide PICC Line/Midline insertion onsite. The skilled nursing staff are trained in peripheral line insertion, administration of IV medication and hydration, and managing and caring for patients with PICC Line/Midline, and peripheral lines.

Having a variety of specialized services available in-house helps us streamline the overall healthcare process for each short term rehab patient, while also ensuring their comfort and convenience.

During a stressful recovery time, short term rehab patients find comfort in receiving comprehensive and specialized care within one facility. Making a variety of necessary treatments available inside the walls of the Methodist Home is just another way that we are committed to quality patient care.

Each of our short stay patients has a different set of medical needs, and IV therapy is just one more service they can receive inside our home instead of having to travel out to a different provider. Our comprehensive approach to patient care ensures that each patient receives tailored and effective treatments for their unique needs.


How Can We Help You Heal?

The Methodist Home has been helping New Yorkers recover from illness, injury, or surgery since 1850. Our history is a testament to our commitment to quality, and we are proud to hold a 5-star rating from Medicare.

IV therapy is just one more service we offer inside our skilled nursing facility. If you are recovering and need a short term rehab stay that offers the comfort and convenience of home while you heal, we’d be happy to help you.

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