What are IV antibiotics?
Intravenous antibiotics are medications administered directly into the bloodstream through a vein, usually to treat bacterial infections. IV administration allows for faster and more effective delivery of the drug compared to oral or topical routes.
Why use IV antibiotics?
In cases of severe or life-threatening bacterial infections or when oral medication proves ineffective, IV antibiotics are often implemented. Additionally, these antibiotics may be used to administer high dosages of a drug that has limited digestive absorption.
Common types of IV antibiotics
The choice of antibiotic depends on the type of bacteria causing the infection and the patient’s specific needs. Please consult with us to determine the most suitable type for you.
IV Antibiotic Therapy Process at SeeBeyond Medicine
1. Evaluation and diagnosis
The initial step in the evaluation process involves reviewing the patient’s medical history, past medical issues, and current symptoms. A physical examination may be performed to assess the level of infection and its severity. In some cases, we require lab tests to determine the type of bacteria causing the infection.
2. Administration of IV Antibiotics
IV antibiotics can be administered through various methods, such as continuous infusion, intermittent infusion, or IV push. The choice of method depends on the specific drug and the patient’s condition.
Mobile IV therapy
Patients may receive intravenous antibiotic therapy at home, administered by our registered nurse. This allows patients to continue their treatment in a comfortable environment in just 3 easy steps. Learn more about our IV mobile services here.
3. Monitoring and Adjusting IV Antibiotic Therapy
Therapeutic drug monitoring
Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) measures the concentration of antibiotics in the bloodstream to ensure that they’re within the desired therapeutic range. TDM helps us adjust dosages and duration of treatment as needed, optimizing patient outcomes.
Adjusting dosage and duration
Based on TDM results, patient response, and clinical conditions, we may adjust the dosage and duration of IV antibiotic therapy. This helps to ensure the most effective treatment while minimizing side effects and the development of antibiotic resistance.
Regular follow-up visits are essential when receiving IV antibiotic therapy. These appointments help monitor patient progress, identify potential complications, and adjust treatment plans as needed.
Don’t risk your health. Let SeeBeyond Medicine manage your IV antibiotic treatment safely and effectively wherever you are. Contact us to schedule your clinic visit or book a mobile IV Antibiotics therapy.
Benefits and Advantages of IV Antibiotics
Rapid onset of action compared to oral therapy
IV antibiotics are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, allowing for rapid distribution throughout the body, compared to oral antibiotics. This is particularly important when treating severe or life-threatening infections that require immediate action.
Since IV antibiotics bypass the digestive system, healthcare practitioners can more accurately control the dose of the drug, ensuring the patient receives the most effective IV treatment.
Treatment of serious infections
Potential Side Effects and Risks
Some patients may experience mild skin rashes to severe anaphylactic shock as a side effect of antibiotic IV. It’s essential to inform your healthcare provider of any known allergies before starting treatment.
Although rare, there’s a risk of infection at the IV insertion site. Proper hygiene and sterile techniques can help minimize this risk.
IV antibiotics may interact with other medications, causing reduced effectiveness or adverse effects. It’s crucial to inform your healthcare provider of all medications you’re taking to avoid potential drug interactions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of bacterial infections are commonly treated with IV antibiotics?
The most common bacterial infections treated with IV antibiotics include:
- severe skin and soft tissue infections like cellulitis
- complicated urinary tract infections
- joint infections
- bacterial meningitis
- severe pneumonia
How long does a typical course of IV antibiotic therapy last?
The length of sessions depends on the type and severity of the infection and your overall health. Close monitoring of your progress is also necessary to determine if the duration of treatment needs to change.
Can I switch from IV antibiotics to oral antibiotics during treatment?
This may be possible once we confirm that the infection is under control and that you are in good condition. This is known as a “step-down” approach and allows for the continuation of treatment in a more convenient and less invasive manner.