How to prepare for your IV Therapy appointment
At Encompass Healthcare, we believe in providing our patients with the best possible experience during their IV nutritional therapy. We understand that receiving an IV can be an overwhelming experience, which is why we have put together a list of suggestions to help you prepare for your appointment and make it a more comfortable experience.
1. Hydrate: It's important to drink plenty of water before your IV therapy. The vitamins and minerals that are infused via IV are dehydrating at the cellular level, and drinking water before your appointment can improve your body's response to the therapy. Additionally, if you are low on fluids, your veins may be harder to find, making it more challenging for us to start your IV.
2. Eat: We recommend that you eat a light meal or snack before your appointment, making sure to include protein in your diet. Some of the vitamins and minerals infused through the IV can cause nausea if administered on an empty stomach, so it's essential to have something in your stomach before starting the therapy.
3. Relax and Breathe: We know that receiving an IV can be stressful, so we recommend taking a few minutes to relax before your therapy. Sit comfortably in our recliner chair, close your eyes, and take five deep breaths in and out. This simple exercise will help release nervous tension and prepare you for your treatment.
4. Bring along a book or music: Depending on the type of IV therapy you are receiving, your session may last up to two hours. To make the experience more enjoyable, bring along a book or your favorite music along with earbuds. This time is for you to relax, so make the most of it!
5. Wear comfortable clothes: We want you to feel relaxed during your appointment, so we recommend wearing comfortable clothing that allows easy access to your arms. A short sleeve top or sleeves that can be rolled up above the elbow are ideal. If you tend to get cold, wear cozy pants and socks, and we have blankets available to keep you warm if needed.
At Encompass Healthcare, we strive to provide our patients with a comfortable and positive experience during their IV nutritional therapy. By following these simple suggestions, you can prepare yourself for a successful treatment. We look forward to seeing you soon!