Why water is not administered intravenously to patients?
explain why water is not administered intravenouslt to patients?
Asked On : Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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Like someone else said, what they put in you is saline, a salt solution, not water. They don't directly use water due to osmosis (the diffusion of water over a concentration gradient). Water would diffuse into cells, causing the cells to lysis, or basically explode. The salt helps maintain a concentration gradient. That and the salts also help maintain electrolytes.
Answered: Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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