IV Lounge vs. At-Home IV

IV Lounge vs. At-Home IV

Whether you’re looking for relief from a migraine, recovery from a nasty sickness or just a hydration and vitamin boost, IV therapy is a quick, safe and effective way to give your body what it needs. 

Having this service available outside of hospital settings has been common practice for many warm, dry-climate states to combat dehydration. Now, many areas across the United States offer IV therapy to treat various medical conditions and rejuvenate the body. 

How do people seek this treatment outside of medical institutions? At-home IV infusions and IV lounges are the most popular choices. When choosing which type of infusion therapy is best for you, there are various factors to consider. Explore our breakdown of IV lounges vs. at-home IV to learn more about what sets these services apart from one another. 

What Is an IV Lounge?

IV lounges or bars are units where individuals can receive IV therapy by traveling to the infusion site. These sites can either be fixed locations and buildings or mobile units that can pop up at various locations. Typically, you’ll have to make an appointment and go to the infusion site, where the administrators will provide you with a place to relax while receiving the IV drip. 

IV Bars are slightly different from medical spas, where people can receive a combination of traditional spa options along with medical treatments like IV therapy. Typically, spa IV treatment is geared towards more general effects like boosting the immune system or relieving a hangover. 

You can also use IV Lounges for these purposes, but lounges typically provide relief from medical conditions, such as:

  • Enzyme deficiencies.
  • Immune deficiencies.
  • Dehydration from vomiting or pregnancy.
  • Anemia or iron deficiency.

IV lounges provide a facility for people to receive infusion therapy. However, if you’d prefer not to travel for these services, at-home IV may be right for you.

What Is At-Home IV?

What Is At-Home IV?

Similar to IV bars, the purpose of at-home IV is to alleviate symptoms of various medical conditions, hangovers and athletic exhaustion or to give your immune system a boost. The difference lies in the location at which the treatment takes place. As the name implies, at-home IV takes place in the comfort of your own home. 

At-home IV services allow you to book appointments during which a registered nurse or other medical professional will travel to you and administer the IV drip. Once the catheter is placed in your arm, you have the freedom to read, watch TV, browse on your phone, rest or even continue working remotely. 

Once the treatment is finished, there’s not much else to it — the nurse will gather up all the equipment and leave you to continue on with your day. 

IV Bar or At-Home IV

While the treatment offered from both services is essentially the same, there are several factors to consider when choosing between IV lounges or at-home IV:

1. Convenience

The most obvious difference between the two is the location at which the infusions take place. While you have to travel to IV lounges and bars, at-home IV brings the service to you. IV lounges can be nice if you’re looking to get away from your usual surroundings. But at-home services allow you to go about your business as usual. Plus, if you’re a little nervous about receiving an IV drip, remaining at home is a great way to remain in a familiar place. 

2. Exposure

Another difference lies in the number of people you are around during the treatment. While IV lounges and bars can provide an element of socialization, at-home IV ensures you receive exposure to fewer individuals. This factor can be a huge plus if you choose to utilize infusion therapy for conditions like sickness recovery or prevention. If you aren’t feeling well, you don’t have to worry about spreading any germs to anyone other than the administering nurse. 

Additionally, if you are pregnant or taking advantage of this service for migraine or hangover relief, you can eliminate the possibility of encountering scents or movement that may cause nausea and avoid triggering any light sensitivity. At-home IV also decreases exposure to harsh sounds that may aggravate migraines further. 

3. Experience

As with any medical procedure, there are some risk factors involved with IV therapy. The primary risk factor is infection due to an object piercing the skin. However, with the supervision of a licensed medical professional, the risk of infection or receiving drip fluids too quickly is extremely low. 

Ensuring you receive infusion therapy from a reputable administrator is key to safe and successful treatment. When receiving infusions from an IV lounge or medical spa, you may want to do some research on the practices of the facility. Depending on your state, the law may limit ownership of these types of facilities. Even though IV therapy is beneficial for vitamin boosts and revitalization, the practice of piercing the skin may be considered a medical procedure. 

Reading up on your state’s laws and researching the ownership and administering process of IV bars near you is an important action to consider. All legitimate businesses will follow best practices, but confirming their safety will add a step to your research. When receiving at-home IV services from the professionals at Mobile IV Medics, you can rest assured that a registered nurse will always be your point of contact for treatment

Should I Get At-Home IV?

In addition to the reasons some individuals receive IV therapy listed above, doctors also maintain that infusion therapy can benefit those with:

  • Asthma.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
  • Allergies.
  • Illnesses that interfere with nutrient absorption.

IV therapy is also a great choice if you’re looking to balance your hormones or increase the health of your skin. If you’re looking for a health boost of almost any kind that can be accomplished easily in your home, at-home IV may be right for you.

At-home IV is a great service for anyone who wants to recharge within their own home, surrounded by a familiar setting and with the insight and supervision of a trained medical professional. If you lack in hydration, vitamin C, magnesium, B vitamins or other minerals, at-home IV can help your body get what it needs in a direct and comfortable way. 

At-Home IV Services From Mobile IV Medics

At-Home IV Services From Mobile IV Medics

Mobile IV Medics offers a variety of infusion solutions tailored to your specific needs. Our flexible services allow us to provide treatment across a vast array of locations

Contact us to learn more about our services and find out which solution is right for you or book an appointment online. Our nurses can help you choose the best IV treatment for your situation and provide same-day treatment.

About the author

Brad
Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D.

Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D. is a licensed pharmacist and co-owner of Mobile IV Medics. With over 16 years of healthcare experience, Brad is bringing his expertise and passion for patient care to the Mobile IV Medics patient population. Prior to Mobile IV Medics, Brad worked in varying areas including both direct patient care and hospital leadership at Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, nationwide health system pharmacy consulting for Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS), and professor of pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy. He holds a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Arizona, a pharmacy practice residency from USC, and a lean six sigma green belt from Johns Hopkins.