Intravenous (IV) Therapy

Available in our Santa Rosa  and our Marin IV room by appointment. Select services are available by referral to patients of non-GMA practitioners. Practitioners may contact IVServices for more information.

IV Services

IV therapies are medications and/or fluids that are given intravenously. We access veins using a butterfly needle or IV catheter. Medications are either slowly infused by drip or given through a syringe manually.

IV therapies are indicated for numerous reasons, including, but not limited to: fluid and electrolyte replacement, antibiotic, antimicrobial, and/or pain relief.

IV therapies are fast acting due to the direct introduction into the bloodstream. IV medications do not have to undergo digestive metabolism and therefore, some medications may be given at higher doses. They can also be a good option for those who are unable to take medications or nutrients by other routes (including oral, rectal, and topical routes).

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    What conditions can IV Therapy treat?

    IV therapies are used to treat many conditions; ranging from infection, dehydration, and/or pain.

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    How often will I need a treatment?

    The frequency of treatments will depends on the medication that is given. Some treatments require a course of multiple doses, as seen with antibiotics, while other treatments may only be given once.

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    Do I need a presciption for IV Services?

    Yes, appointments in the IV room must first be prescribed by your practitioner. If you have a doctor other than those at Gordon Medical, we may be able to provide IV services via a referal from that practioner. Practitioners may contact us at IVServices for more information.

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    Where do you provide IV Services?

    We have IV rooms in both Santa Rosa and San Rafael. See our contact page for the locations and contact info.

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    How do I schedule an appointment in the office?

    Appointments in the IV room must first be prescribed by your practitioner. Once you have the order, you may use the Patient Portal or call (707) 575-5180 to schedule time in the IV room.

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    How much time does a treatment take?

    Treatments can take 15 minutes to 4-5 hours, depending on what is ordered. Commonly, most IV treatments are an hour long.

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    Is there anything I can/should purchase?

    Materials that are needed for IV therapies will be arranged by your Medical Assistant, or will be ordered by your nurse when you are receiving home IV teaching and instruction.

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    How can I prepare for my appointment?

    It is always a good idea to come well hydrated and warm to your appointment.

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    How is the IV given?

    IV therapies are performed using either an IV catheter or a butterfly needle. An IV catheter is a small plastic tube that is inserted into the vein using a needle. The needle is removed and the small plastic catheter remains in the vein, which is then stabilized to the skin with a dressing. IV catheters are referred to as heplocks, which can stay in place for up to four days.

    A butterfly needle is a small rigid needle that is inserted into the vein, stabilized to the skin, and remains in place throughout the treatment. This is a temporary access used for short term treatment.

    For longer term IV treatment, a PICC line or Port may be installed, both of which can remain in place for as long as treatment is needed.

    Talk to your practitioner about what the best approach is for you.

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    What does it feel like?

    A small needle prick can feel like nothing to some people, while others find it quite painful. Our intravenous therapy nurses use their training and experience to find and access “difficult” veins. They use warm heating pads with most patients to promote relaxed veins. Being sure to be well hydrated also makes the veins easier to access.

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    Is it safe?

    Intravenous therapies are practiced across the world and are considered safe, but as with all medications, there are people who may be at risk for side effects, interactions, and complications. Your practitioner and you will decide together if intravenous therapies are right for you.

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    Can I get IVs at Gordon Medical if I don't have a Gordon Medical Practitioner?

    Yes! Select services are available by referral. Practitioners may contact us about IV referrals at IVServices.