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What is Total Parenteral Nutrition, and When is it Used?

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Aug 25, 2020 11:06:00 AM

The balance of fluids and nutrients in your body affects every process, from hormone regulation to circulation to immune function and so many more. The human body requires several vital nutrients to function: vitamins, minerals, carbs, proteins, fats, and water. So what happens when you can’t get those essentials?

Suppose you or a loved one is unable to consume or digest food, such as during surgery or a gastrointestinal disturbance. In that case, your provider may suggest total parenteral nutrition (TPN) to supply your daily nutritional needs. Learning more about this type of IV treatment can make the process seem less foreign and alarming than it originally might feel. Let’s take a look at exactly how TPN works.

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Topics: IV Therapy

Who Are the Candidates for IV Treatments?

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Aug 20, 2020 10:10:00 AM

IV therapy can be a highly effective and efficient form of rehabilitative treatment. It consists of injecting fluids or medications into a patient’s bloodstream, using an intravenous drip.

The most common types of IV therapy include:

  • Fluid therapy for dehydration
  • Administration of antibiotics for severe infections
  • Nutrition therapy for patients unable to eat or drink

In this article, we’ll review the best candidates for IV treatments so you can provide excellent patient education for IV therapy.

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Infection Control in IV Therapy: 4 Benefits to Consider

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Aug 18, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Infection treatment is a common component of wound care, post-surgical care, and chronic disease management in short- and long-term care facilities. Certain infections, like MRSA and C-diff can spread quickly in these types of settings without proper precautions and protocols in place.

IV therapy is one of the best ways to control infections in these environments because of its effectiveness. Let’s talk about how IV therapy works and how the treatment benefits those in long-term care facilities.

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Could Intravenous Therapy Help Your Recovery?

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Aug 11, 2020 11:45:00 AM

IV therapy is a widely used treatment in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. It is a highly effective and efficient way of treating multiple conditions, including dehydration, severe infections, pain, and serious malnutrition.

During IV therapy, fluids or medications are introduced directly into the patients’ bloodstream via an IV needle inserted into a vein. If IV therapy is recommended as part of your rehabilitation, you may have questions about how it works and how it can help your recovery. In this article, we’ll address some of the most common questions patients ask us about IV therapy.

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Three Important Benefits of IV Hydration Therapy

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Jul 15, 2020 12:45:00 PM

Intravenous therapy (or IV therapy) is a form of treatment in which fluid is delivered into a patient’s veins via an IV drip. IV therapy is frequently used in hospitals and long-term care facilities, typically for patients with severe infections, nutritional deficiencies, serious dehydration, or immune disease. The most frequent uses of IV therapy are:

  • Administering antibiotics. IV therapy may be used to treat serious infections like MRSA, C-Diff, and UTIs, or in other cases where the infection needs to be treated as quickly as possible. Because IV therapy allows the medication to bypass the digestive system, it can be absorbed by the body more quickly, and, as a result, is more efficient.
  • Providing nutrition. Patients with severely impaired digestive systems may also be fed by IV, in a process known as total parenteral nutrition (TPN). During TPN, the patient is provided with the fluids and nutrients they need via an IV drip to avoid needing to take in food orally.
  • Assisting with rehydration. This type of therapy, known as IV hydration therapy, can be a critical component of treatment for many elderly and chronically ill patients.

IV hydration therapy has been in the news as the latest celebrity fad. At so-called drip bars, you can sign up for IV fluids, sometimes blended with vitamins and electrolytes, to treat everything from jet lag to hangovers. Medical professionals are dubious about the efficacy of these treatments for healthy people. However, for ill and elderly patients, IV hydration therapy can be a powerful and efficient remedy for the serious consequences of dehydration.

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What is IV Therapy and When is it Helpful?

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Jul 13, 2020 10:30:00 AM

IV fluid administration is a common treatment in hospital, rehabilitation, and long-term care settings. If your care team recommends IV therapy for you or a loved one, you may be interested to learn more about what IV therapy is and what its benefits are.

Let’s take a closer look at exactly how IV therapy works so you understand how it helps.

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When Should You See a Wound Care Specialist?

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | May 29, 2020 3:00:00 PM

If you’re one of the 6.7 million Americans living with a chronic wound, you may well be referred to a wound care specialist for treatment. In this article, we’ll explore when you should see a wound care specialist, why proper wound care is so vitally important, and how specialist treatment can reduce the risk of complications and encourage a speedy recovery.

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Topics: Wound Care

4 Reasons Why Wound Care for Diabetics Requires a Specialized Approach

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | May 21, 2020 12:18:00 PM

Along with your primary care physician and endocrinologist, wound care specialists are an integral part of your healthcare team if you have diabetes. While you may not consider wounds of primary concern, the prevalence of foot ulcers is very high for those with diabetes. An estimated 19 to 34% of adults with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer during the course of their lifetime, and a large percentage of these ulcers will become infected and require amputation.

Prevention, early intervention, and specialized wound care can help reduce the incidence of infection and amputation related to diabetes. Wound care specialists have specific skills to help you prevent wounds from developing and worsening.

Diabetic wound care requires a specialized approach for a number of reasons. Let’s examine the top four reasons so that you can ensure that you or your loved ones can seek the best possible outcome for diabetic wound care.

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Topics: Wound Care

Why Are Inpatient Rehab Facilities on Lock Down During COVID-19?

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | May 19, 2020 9:07:00 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the United States. In Alabama, as of April 17th, there had been over 4000 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus and 172 deaths. Of those fatalities, 72% were aged 65 or older. The Center for Disease Control reports that older adults and those with underlying health conditions are most at risk of developing more severe illnesses as a result of coronavirus infection. Inpatient rehabilitation facilities and other long-term care facilities are at particular risk, and strict safety regulations are therefore in place in facilities across the United States.

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Topics: Covid-19

Managing Stasis Ulcers: How Wound Care Helps

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Apr 30, 2020 8:36:23 AM

What is a Stasis Ulcer?

Stasis ulcers, sometimes called venous skin ulcers, affect almost 1% of Americans. These wounds usually occur on the lower legs, especially around the ankles. They can be extremely painful and are very slow to heal, taking an average of six to 12 months to close completely. Worse still, for 70% of patients, ulcers will recur within five years of closure.

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Topics: Wound Care