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Medicines or fluids may be given through an intravenous (IV) tube inserted into a vein. The IV is most often placed in the back of the hand, on the forearm, or on the inside of the elbow.
When the IV is in place, medicines or fluids can go quickly into the bloodstream and into the rest of the body. The IV can also be used to take blood for testing.
If you had an IV while you were in the hospital, the area where it went into your body may be tender for a while.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: June 26, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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