IV Fluids on a Family Member at HOME

  1. 0 I was wondering how many people have actually started IVs and given IV fluids to their family members at home in an attempt to avoid an ER visit in cases of serious dehydration. I have not done this but seriously considered it last night. Thankfully, things got better and the person was able to keep some PO fluid down.

    For example, if you had a family member that had a 103 degree fever, was throwing up/severe diarrhea/unable to tolerate PO intake and it was 10pm at night. It's lasting for several hours and they are very weak. Would you ever just give them some IV fluid, a tylenol suppository and stay up with them until they could go to the doctor? And if not, why? Thanks.

    I know this might be closed because it could be construed as "medical advice." But I'm truly just curious if anyone knows the law on at home IVs or has some experience/ideas about it. Would it be "practicing medicine without a license"? Thanks.
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  3. Visit  MarySunshine profile page

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  4. Visit  SharonH, RN profile page
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    Just out of curiosity, how would I come into possession of these IVFs?
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  5. Visit  MarySunshine profile page
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    Well, I don't know. Is it even legal/possible? I'm aware CVS doesn't sell IV fluids but can they be purchased anywhere legally?
  6. Visit  ohmeowzer RN profile page
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    no i have never even thought of that... if you need iv fluids .. you need to see a dr... i wonder how you you obtain the iv fluids and he iv start kit to start the HL to give the iv fluids?... and this would also be prescribing which is not in a RN's scope of practice... there are alot of problems with this question ... you could kill someone giving them iv fluid without a dr order, blood tests , you could cause fluid over load and they could go into heart failure.... scary
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  7. Visit  justme1972 profile page
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    I would wager that is practicing medicine without a license b/c you are not doing it under the supervision of the hospital or home health agency.

    If something went wrong, and that family member's condition was aggrevated b/c of it...then you could put your license at risk.

    You would not be able to claim it was life threatening if it was to simply avoid an ER visit.
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  8. Visit  suzy253 profile page
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    Erm...the thought would never occur to me to do this. If a family member needed to be rehydrated with IVF it would be done in the hospital.
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  9. Visit  MaryAnn_RN profile page
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    Quote from MarySunshine

    I know this might be closed because it could be construed as "medical advice." But I'm truly just curious if anyone knows the law on at home IVs or has some experience/ideas about it. Would it be "practicing medicine without a license"? Thanks.
    A nurse in the UK came very close to losing his registration for this kind of thing...

    http://www.nmc-uk.org/aFrameDisplay....ocumentID=3679
  10. Visit  CraigB-RN profile page
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    Quote from MarySunshine
    I was wondering how many people have actually started IVs and given IV fluids to their family members at home in an attempt to avoid an ER visit in cases of serious dehydration. I have not done this but seriously considered it last night. Thankfully, things got better and the person was able to keep some PO fluid down.

    For example, if you had a family member that had a 103 degree fever, was throwing up/severe diarrhea/unable to tolerate PO intake and it was 10pm at night. It's lasting for several hours and they are very weak. Would you ever just give them some IV fluid, a tylenol suppository and stay up with them until they could go to the doctor? And if not, why? Thanks.

    I know this might be closed because it could be construed as "medical advice." But I'm truly just curious if anyone knows the law on at home IVs or has some experience/ideas about it. Would it be "practicing medicine without a license"? Thanks.
    1. you must have MD order to do this and you better not being "borrowing" the IVF and start kit from work.

    2. yes I've done it. but I had Doc wite an order for it and I got he ICF from the pharmacy that supplies home health.

    3. Many yaers ago I did things like that for co-workers who had had to much of a party night the night before work. then a co-worker got caught using work stuff for this and got terminated. We nevver really thought about how illegal it really was.
  11. Visit  hogan4736 profile page
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    I did infusion therapy for a HH company years ago. They literally went belly up one day, and I was "stuck" with several IV bags, and IV start supplies...

    I have used them on occasion...

    It's technically prescribing, but so is taking your spouse's (insert med here) without a prescription...

    Fire dept medics do it all the time...

    Went to Rocky point once with 20 nurses...One morning, almost everybody got an IV (most had secretly brought their own supplies)
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  12. Visit  BlueRidgeHomeRN profile page
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    Quote from hogan4736

    Went to Rocky point once with 20 nurses...One morning, almost everybody got an IV (most had secretly brought their own supplies)
    With or without the mandatory O2 as part of hangover "cure"????
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  13. Visit  Miami NightNurse profile page
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    If I happened to have the IV supplies because I worked for Home Health then I probably would do it. As long as a knew their cardiac and renal status. But I would first try giving them Emetrol for the vomiting and then Pedilite to replace electrolytes. But if there was an ER that didn't take 12 hours to be seen near by then I would do that. Giving them IV's at home would be my last resort.
  14. Visit  MikeyJ profile page
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    There is a paramedic in my class who tells stories about all of the paramedics and fire fighters giving each other IV fluids after a night of drinking.
  15. Visit  GrumpyRN63 profile page
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    I've done it for coworkers in my young partying days to cure a hangover, works well, even better with a little 02, I wouldn't do it for a family member at this time, older and wiser I guess..
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