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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


Graduate School

First Advisor

James C. King

First Committee Member

Herschel Frye

Second Committee Member

Donald Barker


The benefits of intravenous therapy have become more and more apparent over the years. Medications can be given rapidly with an expectant rapid onset of action. The response to the drugs or fluids can often be closely controlled by regulating the dose or rate of administration. Frequently, adequate blood and tissue levels needed to eradicate many serious infections can be reached only by this route. Intravenous therapy is an especially appropriate method when the use of the oral tract, for one reason or another, cannot be used.

The development of intravenous therapy, however, did not proceed without its difficulties. Problems of allergic reactions, incompatible blood groups, bacterial contamination, particulate matter, thrombophlebitic syndromes, stability of solutions, and incompatibilities of admixtures soon became apparent. The purpose of this paper is to explore certain aspects of the latter problem, i.e., intravenous incompatibilities.





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