IV Clinics: A Do or A Don’t?
Whether you have a cold, the flu, or a hangover there is now a new treatment option available.
"Hydration clinics," which provide intravenous (IV) fluids to individuals dealing with mild to moderate dehydration, are appearing across the country, according to TIME.
One such clinic is revive, which opened on Dec. 15, 2012, in Chicago. Led by Jack Dybis, DO, and staffed by ED nurses, revive has already seen more than 150 patients, noted TIME.
Potential candidates provide a complete medical history as well as current symptoms. If they meet requirements, nurses then start a line. Exact contents of the IV depend on patient needs, reported TIME.
Other clinics include Revivme, run by ER physicians in Miami, and Hangover Heaven in Las Vegas, operated out of a bus by a board-certified anesthesiologist.
Such clinics might provide less expensive, convenient options to patients, but is it worth it?
Healthcare professionals are concerned that the benefits do not outweigh the potential risks, including infection and side effects to the drugs used such as ketorolac, which can cause kidney damage, stated TIME's article.
Others worry that individuals with underlying medical conditions will utilize clinics when they should be seeking treatment for a more serious issue. Additionally, for those who seek out IV treatment to relieve hangover symptoms, some fear it could lead to the development of alcohol abuse, according to TIME.
Do you think IV Clinics are a good idea? Would you recommend their use to your patients?