Your experience with Essential IV for an IV infusion is designed to be streamlined to get you in, out, and feeling better on your time. If you are new to Essential IV, you will want to register and complete your online history form. Once you are registered you can pick an available time and pay for your session online ahead of time.
When you visit Essential IV, located within the offices of Wilmington Dermatology, you will check-in and be taken to a private room. Our nursing staff will complete any final paperwork if necessary and get you comfortable for your treatment.
Be sure to arrive 10 minutes early for your IV therapy appointment, wear loose fitting clothing, and be sure have had some food or water beforehand. Our staff using the proper equipment and needle will find a good vein on you and set up your custom IV therapy.
You will feel a small prick that just lasts 1-2 seconds. From there, you just relax for the next 45-55 minutes – either reading, listening to music, or watching a show. When you are done, you will be detached from your IV, provided post-care instructions and you are free to go about your day.
Why should I receive an IV vs. just drinking fluids if I am severely dehydrated?
When we become dehydrated, the fluids we lose include water and electrolytes. Drinking water or sports drinks take longer to be absorbed into the body through the GI tract. IV fluids which include electrolytes and other vitamins go directly into your blood stream increasing your body’s fluid volume right away, resulting in you feeling better faster.
How long do the treatments last?
A typical treatment lasts about 55 minutes.
What does a treatment feel like?
You can expect to feel a small prick like a blood draw and then a slight cooling up your arm. The rest of the treatment you sit comfortably in a reclining chair. There should be no pain associated with treatment.
What will I do during my visit?
You can watch our TV with Netflix or bring any device to occupy your time. You can lay back in your chair and nap or sit up and work if desired.
How should I prepare for my visit? (clothing, etc)
Wear loose comfortable clothing with easy accessibility to your arms. You will be sitting for about an hour so any clothes should be comfortable.
Can I go about my day after my visit?
Yes. You can resume normal activities the day of your treatment. There are no restrictions to activity.
What information should I share with you before my visit?
Any recent medical/surgical issue in the past 6 months. Any complications regarding blood draws or IV’s in the past. Any blood disorders or taking blood thinners should be expressed to us prior to treatment.
What are the benefits of prepaying for a package?
We have discounted pricing on packages and can schedule out to secure your spot.
Why should I consider some of the add-ons like Toradol or Zofran?
Torodol is a nonsteroidal (NSAID) pain reliever that acts quickly to stop pain associated with muscle aches or headaches. Zofran relieves nausea associated with illness, hangover, stomach flu and is a great additive as well.
What if I normally have trouble getting an IV or my blood drawn?
You may not be a good candidate if you have had trouble with IV’s or blood draws in the past. Please notify us of this and our nurses can assess your access points and decide if the service is appropriate. There are occasions where access to a vein is not possible and a refund will be issued if the treatment is not performed.
How often should I get an IV?
Plan around any events that you may have coming up. This would include parties, special occasions, or athletic events. This allows enough time for securing your spot on our schedule. Some people prefer a treatment once a month for the added benefits to your immune system, athletic performance, and/or cosmetic goals. The options are endless.