Week 22: 2011-10-12 (non-consecutive weeks)
Suppose your child has vomited for days and is too weak to walk. The grid is down and the hospital is closed, their generator having run out of fuel. You have no idea where to find a doctor or nurse.
However, you have dutifully prepared, purchasing IV fluids, tubing, and needles for just such an occurrence. Just one thing, though . . . you’ve never given an IV and are scared to death to try.
Is there any other way to administer IV fluids, perhaps something a bit easier?
The answer is yes, via subcutaneous fluid administration (hypodermoclysis). Unfortunately, most doctors are as unfamiliar with the technique as patients may be. Our veterinary friends are more likely to have experience with this fluid replacement therapy.
Even nurses often find it difficult to find a vein in an elderly and/or dehydrated patient. Fortunately, it is possible to treat mild to moderate dehydration by infusing fluids (saline solution) just below the skin (sub=under; cutaneous=skin).
My question today is: who has tried this technique? What success have you had? What advice can you offer?
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