Is It Easy To Use A Home IV Kit?

IV therapy has recently become a popular way for health-conscious individuals to get the essential vitamins and hydration they need. As people look for safer ways to get back into their former health routines, many may be wondering if a home IV kit is right for them. Concierge MD reviews the facts.

How IVs work

Intravenous (IV) fluid regulation is a process of introducing fluids, medications, and/or nutrients directly to the bloodstream in a carefully controlled process.

A bag of fluid, typically saline or balanced fluids, is connected to a long, thin tube with a needle at the end; this is inserted into one of your veins. The bag is typically hung to allow gravity to help the flow of the fluid through the tube. This can result in fluids flowing too slowly or quickly, so there is a regulator to control the speed of the fluid. This regulator can be manual, typically in the form of a small clamp on the IV tube; or a small electric pump.

What are the risks of a home IV kit?

If you have tried to research home IV kits on your own and have not found much information, it’s because administering IVs to yourself is not recommended. Side effects of a vitamin overdose can include confusion, fainting, or seizures – meaning that if something goes wrong, you may be unable to get help quickly.

Even though an IV therapy session is safe in the hands of healthcare professionals, a lot can go wrong with self-administered kits, which can have devastating consequences.

  • Damage to your veins: Inserting a needle into the vein requires mindful precision. Possible injuries include…
    • Blown Vein: These occur when a needle goes into a vein and out the other side. If not caught and remedied, this will result in the IV fluid collecting under your skin instead of entering your bloodstream, causing infections, blood clothing, and scarring.
    • Collapsed Vein: This occurs when a vein caves in after a blown vein occurs, preventing blood from freely flowing. Collapsed veins can be permanent.
  • Infection: Infection can occur at the point of insertion if proper hygiene protocols are not followed. This risk is heightened when errors occur, such as using the wrong needle size or “fishing” for a vein by moving a needle under the skin. Instead, it should be removed and reinserted.
  • Fluid overload: If flow is not regulated correctly, it can cause symptoms even in the fairly healthy, such as headache, high blood pressure, trouble breathing, and anxiety. These risks are heightened for those with chronic health conditions.
  • Overdose: Like with most things in life, too much of a good thing is still too much. The salt content of saline can cause negative reactions in those with certain health conditions. It is also possible to overdose on vitamins, resulting in damage to various parts of the body.

Medical professionals can administer tests and analyze the results to ensure that your IV treatment is tailored to your health needs. They also have the training necessary to effectively administer and maintain the IV to prevent infection, as well as monitor your health during the session.


Get Safe IV Therapy At Home With Concierge MD

If you are looking for a safe option to get home IV therapy, Concierge MD can help. Our mobile medical services are administered by Registered Nurses under the guidance of our medical director, an M.D.

We can do a comprehensive workup of your health to determine which of our 11 specialized treatments can best help you achieve feel better and achieve your wellness goals. Then, with as little as 24 hours notice, you can book an appointment for a nurse to visit your home and administer an IV Therapy session. With Concierge MD, convenience and safety are not mutually exclusive – call or click today!

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