IV saline is used to replenish lost fluids, flush wounds, deliver medications, and sustain patients through surgery, dialysis, and chemotherapy.
Normal saline is used as a maintenance therapy in children with hyponatremic (low sodium levels) hypokalemic (low potassium levels) dehydration due to severe diarrhea etc. It is also used for adults whose oral intake of water and electrolytes is insufficient due to various conditions. It is an electrolyte infusion solution for infants, children and adults.
This medication has no known contraindications therefore seek advice from your healthcare provider for further advice.
Some of its side effects include cerebral (brain), pulmonary (lungs) and peripheral (lower hands and legs) edema (swelling due to fluid retention), congestive heart failure (a condition characterized with inefficient pumping of heart due to accumulation of fluids in it), acidosis (increased acidity in blood) and electrolyte imbalance (abnormality in concentration of electrolytes in your body) may occur with large volume and/or rapid infusion.
- Please tell your doctor immediately in case of any severe adverse effects.
- Please do not infuse very large amounts rapidly.
- Please monitor your salt intake during use.
What is saline IV used for?
What IV solution do you give for dehydration?
0.9% saline is used to correct dehydration.
What are the side effects of saline?
Common side effects include fever, swelling at the injection site, redness or infection.
How long does IV fluid last?
On average, IV drips can last anywhere from 15 to 90 minutes.