IV Hydration. The new panacea?
Apparently, I have been living under a rock. I always thought that the best way to get fluids was to drink them. I think we were designed that way.
IV hydration “spas” are popping up all over the place. $100 plus dollars for a bag of IV fluids what you could just as easily drink for the price of your water bill. OK, maybe the IV is sterile, at least we hope so, and tap water smells like chlorine and may have contaminants. So get a filter.
I don’t get it. Are we so into quick fixes that we would rather take the time (an hour or more) to get an IV with vitamins than spend that time having a glass of water or tea and a nourishing meal with a friend or relative? I would find the latter much more satisfying.
But, who am I?
I have been a nurse for over 40 years. I know a little about physiology. I have seen IV sites get very infected resulting in body-wide infections and limb loss. I have never seen anyone lose a limb over a glass of water. You might get lead poisoning if you live in some areas of the country.
I still say, no one is sticking me with a needle unless it is absolutely necessary. Life preserving even.
IV Hydration for Hangover
When I was a young nurse, we used to give alcoholics an IV with Vitamin B and a sedative of some kind. We would shoot them up with Sodium Amytal to keep them from getting out of their restraints and hurting themselves, or us. (I know, barbaric. But that was decades ago).
Now, you go out on the town, get plastered and, if you make it home in one piece and don’t kill anyone else, you go to the local IV station and “fill-up” with an IV and some vitamins and presto chango, you are cured. How does your liver feel about that?
This is called enabling the dangerous behavior. Also, I’m glad you have that kind of money to throw around. How much is your car insurance and do you have an orange party plate on your car?
What are some other thoughts on this behavior?
While such drips can be beneficial for people with certain conditions, such as those who have trouble absorbing nutrients through their gastrointestinal tract, they should not be used routinely by people who are looking for a quick-fix for their health, said Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine.
“We are ‘designed’ to get nutrients through our GI tract; and absent a clear and compelling reason to do otherwise, that is how we should get them,” Katz said.
Besides, what is the big rush to get all of these vitamins into the body?
Vitamins are better obtained through food at a constant rate. You can OVERDOSE on vitamins.
While it is not likely that you will die from the infusion itself, consider other risks.
An IV gone bad equals a trip to the ICU or amputation.
These are the things medical malpractice attorneys love.
But did you know that correct insertion of an IV is more than just getting the needle in the right place?
A lot of stuff has to happen before that for your protection.
Enjoy the fun but very serious little video.
I just don’t get it.
There is a time and a place for medical intervention but it is not to take over the normal day to day processes of a healthy body.
Why take the risk of blood born infections and IV site infections just to get some water and vitamins.
Really people. What are you thinking?
Or are you?
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