Brief Introduction of advantages and disadvantages of IV therapy

Advantages:

  • Easy access to rapid administration of solutions
  • Continuous or intermittent administration of nutrients
  • Rapid changes in circulatory system
  • East to monitor delivery of fluids, electrolytes and nutrients ( for those with impaired¬† GI tracts.)

Disadvantages:

  • Invasive procedure can cause infection, bleeding adverse side effects
  • More costly than oral or injectable ( IM, SC ) substances
  • One IV site has a limited use/time: usually no more than 72 hours.

Scientific rationale for using high-dose multiple micronutrients as an adjunct to standard and experimental cancer therapies.  JAM Coll Nutr 2001  Oct; 20(5 suppl): 450S-463S; discussion 473S-475S