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Intravenous drip equipment. Woman's hand holds an intravenous (IV) drip bag containing a clear fluid, such as saline, and plastic tubing. A metal stand on which the drip device hangs is seen. This equipment is used to introduce a volume of fluid into the bloodstream, usually through veins of the forearm. An intravenous infusion, commonly known as a drip, may be used to give blood or plasma, to replace or maintain body fluids in patients who are unable to drink or eat, and for the administration of certain drugs. The rate at which the fluid enters the circulation is controlled by an adjustable valve.
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