I understand that:
1. The procedure involves inserting a needle into a vein and injecting the prescribed solution.
2. Alternatives to intravenous therapy are oral supplementation and / or dietary and lifestyle changes.
3. Risks of intravenous therapy include but not limited to:
a) Occasionally: Discomfort, bruising and pain at the site of injection.
b) Rarely: Inflammation of the vein used for injection, phlebitis, metabolic disturbances, and injury.
c) Extremely Rare: Severe allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, infection, cardiac arrest and death.
4. Benefits of intravenous therapy include:
a) Injectables are not affected by stomach, or intestinal absorption problems.
b) Total amount of infusion is available to the tissues.
c) Nutrients are forced into cells by means of a high concentration gradient.
d) Higher doses of nutrients can be given than possible by mouth without intestinal irritation.