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Old 09-24-2009, 12:23 AM   #1
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Anyone been to the hospital/ER for just an IV pack (perhaps for dehydration or something similar)? How much do they cost?
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I'm going to guess at least $500 since it would be considered an emergency visit. If you're just getting one for the hell of it we will keep you waiting for hours since you'd be wasting our time and resources.
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Just the packs? Or the total billed visit?

The packs are like $50-or-so per case, online. I'd hope hospitals get a bulk discount. I'd expect the billed amount for an ER visit to still be several hundred dollars.

I've gone to urgent care for IV fluids and anti-nausea meds when I was horribly dehydrated from food poisoning. $50 co-pay.
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Old 09-24-2009, 12:30 AM   #4
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Just the packs? Or the total billed visit?

The packs are like $50-or-so per case, online. I'd hope hospitals get a bulk discount. I'd expect the billed amount for an ER visit to still be several hundred dollars.

I've gone to urgent care for IV fluids and anti-nausea meds when I was horribly dehydrated from food poisoning. $50 co-pay.
yeah, I was wondering about just the packs. The stuff in the IV is pretty commonplace right? Like sodium chloride and water?
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Just the packs? Or the total billed visit?

The packs are like $50-or-so per case, online. I'd hope hospitals get a bulk discount. I'd expect the billed amount for an ER visit to still be several hundred dollars.

I've gone to urgent care for IV fluids and anti-nausea meds when I was horribly dehydrated from food poisoning. $50 co-pay.
yeah, I was wondering about just the packs. The stuff in the IV is pretty commonplace right? Like sodium chloride and water?
yeah standard saline is just salt water balanced for the body
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Old 09-24-2009, 12:32 AM   #6
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Just the packs? Or the total billed visit?

The packs are like $50-or-so per case, online. I'd hope hospitals get a bulk discount. I'd expect the billed amount for an ER visit to still be several hundred dollars.

I've gone to urgent care for IV fluids and anti-nausea meds when I was horribly dehydrated from food poisoning. $50 co-pay.
This happened to me once. I ate some BAAAD chicken at TGIFridays and ended up in urgent care for 2 large bags of IV fluids.
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Just the packs? Or the total billed visit?

The packs are like $50-or-so per case, online. I'd hope hospitals get a bulk discount. I'd expect the billed amount for an ER visit to still be several hundred dollars.

I've gone to urgent care for IV fluids and anti-nausea meds when I was horribly dehydrated from food poisoning. $50 co-pay.
yeah, I was wondering about just the packs. The stuff in the IV is pretty commonplace right? Like sodium chloride and water?
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Itemized on a bill, it's probably like $75 per pack (or something a few orders of magnitude more expensive than cost), but that number would likely include the nurse/tech administering it too.
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Default Anyone been to the hospital/ER for just an IV pack?

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Just the packs? Or the total billed visit?

The packs are like $50-or-so per case, online. I'd hope hospitals get a bulk discount. I'd expect the billed amount for an ER visit to still be several hundred dollars.

I've gone to urgent care for IV fluids and anti-nausea meds when I was horribly dehydrated from food poisoning. $50 co-pay.
This happened to me once. I ate some BAAAD chicken at TGIFridays and ended up in urgent care for 2 large bags of IV fluids.
are you the guy who ate the raw chicken at TGI Fridays who posted the thread? (sorry search is really broken)
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A bag of saline costs the hospital $9 (at least, thats what we pay for it). The total cost for an er visit for straight up dehydration with a couple liters of IV fluid is probably around a couple thousand.
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:20 AM   #10
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A bag of saline costs the hospital $9 (at least, thats what we pay for it). The total cost for an er visit for straight up dehydration with a couple liters of IV fluid is probably around a couple thousand.
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:27 AM   #11
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Just the packs? Or the total billed visit?

The packs are like $50-or-so per case, online. I'd hope hospitals get a bulk discount. I'd expect the billed amount for an ER visit to still be several hundred dollars.

I've gone to urgent care for IV fluids and anti-nausea meds when I was horribly dehydrated from food poisoning. $50 co-pay.
This happened to me once. I ate some BAAAD chicken at TGIFridays and ended up in urgent care for 2 large bags of IV fluids.
are you the guy who ate the raw chicken at TGI Fridays who posted the thread? (sorry search is really broken)
That wasn't me, I think that was Aimster's thread. I've never been so sick in my entire life. I wanted to die.
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I think Slew has it right. I wouldn't be surprised if the base cost for a pack is about 10. It's just salt water. But a visit to the ER for some IV packs will cost 500-1k without insurance, depending on region and other factors.
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A bag of saline costs the hospital $9 (at least, thats what we pay for it). The total cost for an er visit for straight up dehydration with a couple liters of IV fluid is probably around a couple thousand.
500ml Normal Saline IV - $2.90

1000ml Normal Saline IV - $2.95

Tell your hospital I have a bridge to sell them for a very reasonable price if they are interested...
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A friend of mine did. I think it ended up around $2K, but insurance paid most of it.
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:35 AM   #15
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1. Go to nearest 24 hour manned Medic Station.
2. Give inexperienced Medic $20 and the experience of practicing placing a line on a stable patient.
3. ????
4. Profit.

Seriously, I knew freshly graduated medic that used to practice on each other after hefty drinking nights. It is worth a try.
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1. Go to nearest 24 hour manned Medic Station.
2. Give inexperienced Medic $20 and the experience of practicing placing a line on a stable patient.
3. ????
4. Profit.

Seriously, I knew freshly graduated medic that used to practice on each other after hefty drinking nights. It is worth a try.
$20, hell I'd do it for free. However, I'm not a medic, just a basic but I have started IVs on parters and myself before. It's rather easy.
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I haven't. About the only thing I've ever been to the ER for is severe earaches and that was decades ago.
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1. Go to nearest 24 hour manned Medic Station.
2. Give inexperienced Medic $20 and the experience of practicing placing a line on a stable patient.
3. ????
4. Profit.

Seriously, I knew freshly graduated medic that used to practice on each other after hefty drinking nights. It is worth a try.
$20, hell I'd do it for free. However, I'm not a medic, just a basic but I have started IVs on parters and myself before. It's rather easy.
I dabbled with that before. I said $20 to make sure said EMTy or Medic didn't get shit for wasting supplies.
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Just watch some youtube and do it yourself
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In Sweden it's free.
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I went to the hospital for severe dehydration once. I was so sick that I threw up and tore my stomach/esophagus a bit (I think it's called a Mallory-Weiss tear). I had a ton of IV fluid, plus they ran a scope down my throat.

It was $20.
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1. Go to nearest 24 hour manned Medic Station.
2. Give inexperienced Medic $20 and the experience of practicing placing a line on a stable patient.
3. ????
4. Profit.

Seriously, I knew freshly graduated medic that used to practice on each other after hefty drinking nights. It is worth a try.
$20, hell I'd do it for free. However, I'm not a medic, just a basic but I have started IVs on parters and myself before. It's rather easy.
I dabbled with that before. I said $20 to make sure said EMTy or Medic didn't get shit for wasting supplies.
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A bag of saline costs the hospital $9 (at least, thats what we pay for it). The total cost for an er visit for straight up dehydration with a couple liters of IV fluid is probably around a couple thousand.
Few thousand? Yikes. If I recall correctly, the bill from the ED I used to work in would probably run.. hmm.. 600 maybe? For multiple liters and the doc visit.
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