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IV Clinics: A Do or A Don’t?

Published January 22, 2013 1:53 PM by Catlin Nalley
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?
posted by Catlin Nalley


It may be "legal" however it is medically unethical to allow a client to choose which IV they are going to get, especially since some have medication in them.

Can someone die from vitamins and minerals?  Yes!  Too much potassium or magnesium will damage your heart and kidneys and can lead to death.

Without a baseline assessment and labs, there is no way to know what a patient's electrolytes are at nor how their liver and kidneys are working.  Hydrating someone in renal failure (which can happen after partying with narcotics) can lead to death.  

The nurse who starts that IV and administers it is legally culpable.  I feel these hydration clinics are operating in a manner that won't hurt most people but is medically unethical and not worth losing one's nursing or physician's license.

Administering fluids to the circulatory system is not on par with going to the doctor and saying "I want $500 worth of botox".  Fluid is going to the circulatory system and affects the heart and other vital organs.

Just because a business is "legal" doesn't make it ethical.  

DeAnne September 8, 2017 7:25 PM
Los Angeles CA

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Nutri Lounge July 28, 2017 12:31 AM

I have to say that as a consumer trying to educate myself, I find these IV therapies fascinating. My father had cancer, but he died from the "cure". Chemotherapy destroyed his heart. Prior to his cancer, I saw his body ravaged from the side effects of the arsenal of drugs prescribed to him by doctors for age related symptoms. None of them were natural vitamins. He couldn't handle the high blood pressure meds, and decided to change his diet. That is the only thing that helped his high blood pressure. The only problem is that it was too late for him. The cancer had already mestastized, when it was eventually discovered.

I believe what I see. I see no new medications that "cure" anything. Not to mention the plethora of opiates that have destroyed families, even when taken as prescribed. The fact that they continue despite lawsuits revealing false safety reports by manufacturers, is a symptom of our corrupt regulatory agencies, managed by the inept FED.

Obviously antibiotics can cure infections etc., but focusing on mainatining a healthy immune system seems to offend the corrupted medical industry in this country. The medical industry had been seriously corrupted to the point that it is sickening.

No one should have any doubt that because of all of this alternative medicine of any kind will flourish accordingly.

Michelle Pastor March 12, 2015 10:09 AM
Miami FL

SO disappointing that this is what we have been reduced to to provide access to medical intervention.  When we have "professionals" who are capitalizing on the uneducated health care consumer.  Rather than open clinicals that can fix a hangover, why not develop a clinic that would actually have a long term positive impact?  I can answer wouldn't make money:( No wonder the federal government has had to become involved in our industry...  

Kerri February 13, 2013 8:59 AM

This concept appears to make about as much sense as the "oxygen bars" that have been cropping up around the country, and are utilized to "revive" and restore clientele.

If you are sick enough to require hydration, then you also need an assessment.

Why hydrate when there may be an underlying infection, such as pneumonia, UTI, or worse.

As far as encouraging alcoholism, the disease is such a complex neuro-biophysical phenomenom that an IV bag should have minimal impact one way or another.

The idea seems more about making a quick $$ off the naivete of consumers, rather than providing access to the underserved.

We can do better than this!

Diane, Acute Care - Nurse Practitioner, Advocate Condell January 28, 2013 11:02 AM
Libertyville IL

I think it would'nt be a bad idea. It could possibly free up some space in the ER for more urgent issues. Infection is a risk everywhere. Allergic reactions can also occur anytime when you have no known allergies. I don't think it would encourage alcohol abuse. The biggest concern is qualified staff and availability. in the present economy any place where people can afford to go and get the help they need is worth it.

paula, rn January 27, 2013 2:22 AM
newark NJ

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