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Sea water

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:31 pm
by Stevenloan
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Hi everybody! What are the medical terms or the common ways to describe when a patient gets sea water into his or her body at the hospital?

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan

Re: Sea water

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:57 pm
by tony h
I hope you mean salt-water. It is a saline drip. Saline is the salt water. The drip is the connecting the fluid into the arm.

Re: Sea water

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:04 pm
by Shelley
Yes, that would be a saline (salt solution) drip, if the bag was labeled as such. It looks like that bag is holding a glucose solution, which is sugar. I'm no doctor, so I have to ask: is a glucose drip the same as a saline drip?

The bag of solution is delivered to the patient "intravenously", meaning the liquid flows, drop by drop, down the tube which is connected to a "port" taped to the patient's hand or wrist. The port has a needle which stays inserted into the vein, and tubes with various solutions can be changed easily at the port without having to stick the patient over and over again. The rate of flow is controlled by increasing the rapidity of the drops using a valve at the bottom of the bag. The whole thing is often referred to as an "IV drip".

Re: Sea water

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:57 pm
by Stevenloan
tony h and Shelley : Thank you both so so much for your help. I really appreciate it.

StevenLoan

Re: Sea water

Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:13 am
by BonnieL
Shelley wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:04 pm
Yes, that would be a saline (salt solution) drip, if the bag was labeled as such. It looks like that bag is holding a glucose solution, which is sugar. I'm no doctor, so I have to ask: is a glucose drip the same as a saline drip?
Glucose is sugar, saline is salt - different uses. However, a saline drip can have glucose added to it. I have diabetes, so when I had surgery a while back, I had to ask to make sure the saline drip was just saline.

Re: Sea water

Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:56 am
by tony h
Shelley wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:04 pm
The whole thing is often referred to as an "IV drip".
The IV here is Intravenous ie inside the vein. Intravenous is a useful word because, when trying to explain the difference between words starting with inter- and intra- , intravenous is usually the only common word I can think of that starts intra-. :) Except intransigent which, of course, is completely unrelated.