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Procedure: Intravenous Fluids

An intravenous (IV) fluid is a solution, usually glucose and water, which is fed into the body through a vein. The main use of this technique in labour and birth is to prevent dehydration. It also enables a woman to avoid eating and drinking during labour so that she's less likely to vomit and inhale vomit during delivery . The IV also provides a quick way to provide the woman with medication if it is needed, for example in inducing labour , during epidural , spinal and general anaesthesia as well as a caesarean section , if required.

The information in this page is presented in summarised form and has been taken from the following source(s):
1. Bayfront's Health Adventure, A Woman's Way to Health: http://www.bayfront.org/


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