Thrive Solutions Brings Mobile IV Hydration To You

From hangover cures to quickie cold remedies, founders discuss the benefits of their services.

Rachel Hinch - March 2020

Thrive Solutions Brings Mobile IV Hydration To You

From hangover cures to quickie cold remedies, founders discuss the benefits of their services.

Rachel Hinch - March 2020

Dreams of hangover cures and quickie cold remedies aren’t uncommon. Over-the-counter medications provide some relief, but what if there was a way to instantly feel better? That’s where local company Thrive Solutions comes in. We talked with founders Dr. George Ho and Jay Ward about the claim that their IV hydration services can give us fast relief.

What is IV hydration?
GH: It’s a technique in which we place an intravenous catheter into a vein in the arm and infuse a fluid [of vitamins and minerals]. We use lactated ringers, [the solution that’s] used in hospitals. By getting the nutrients intravenously you absorb it much more than if you were to drink it or take oral supplements.

What can we expect from a treatment?
JW: After arranging an appointment, a nurse arrives at the home or place of business. They perform the treatment wherever is most comfortable—sitting, laying down, whatever works. After a basic assessment to make sure that it’s safe to treat the client, the nurse selects an IV site with input from the client. The client can expect to receive fluids for about 30 minutes, but we have pressure infusers to shorten the duration if needed. Then, the client can relax, watch TV, or converse with the nurse, who'll be monitoring them throughout the treatment. Once completed, the nurse will remove the IV and control any bleeding.

How do we know what infusion we need?
JW: We offer pre-packaged formulas, [called “cocktails”], that have vitamins you might not get from other sources. In particular, if you're a vegetarian or vegan you might not get the B-12 you get from animal products. But we offer a ton of a la carte options so people can add and take off what they like. [Clients] can also reach out for customized treatments.

How often can we receive treatments?
GH: Some people need fluids more frequently, whereas for some it'd be dangerous to receive fluids or nutrients too frequently. Some of our vitamins take a day or so until they take effect depending on the treatment.

Are there any potential side effects?
JW: There’s always the occasional risk of bruising at the site of the IV. It’s not something that'd cause an allergic reaction, but our nurses carry Benadryl to combat reactions.
GH: The majority of our treatments are natural, and our registered nurses are ER-trained so they’re able to handle adverse reactions.

Where can we go for Thrive “cocktails?”
JW: We’re mobile, so we’ll come to you. Prices vary; packages start at $100 and go to $150. If you add an extra vitamin, an anti-nausea drug, or anti-inflammatory, it might go up.



GOALS: “Cocktails” can be catered to whatever wellness need you’re looking for.

shutterstock_63920833.jpg#asset:126362TIME: Typically, it takes about 30 minutes for an IV hydration treatment.


CONFIDENCE: While you’re in professional care, remember that the IV is a needle that has to be inserted into a vein.

You May Also Like

The Chatter

A Surreal Trip to the Pediatrician

What a regular trip to the doctor's office looks like in the face of a pandemic.

Health & Wellness

Hidden Figures

A pioneering program empowers sex workers in Baltimore to take back their lives.

The Chatter

Meet the Makers Creating Protective Gear for Medical Professionals

Local artisans come together to make face masks and shields for those in need.

Health & Wellness

A Land of Milk and Honey

Healing body care made by healing women.

The Chatter

Maryland Braces for Spread of Coronavirus

Governor Hogan announces a broad list of new actions, including the closure of all public schools.

The Chatter

Astronaut Terry Virts Shares Tips on Coping with Isolation

With more than 200 days logged in space, the Baltimore native knows a thing or two about confinement.

-Thrive Solutions

Doctor Finder

Connect With Us

Most Read

Baltimore Restaurants Cope With Indefinite Closures: Chefs introduce curbside takeout and delivery while weighing options for staff.

How to Support Small Businesses Amid Pandemic Panic: As foot traffic slows due to coronavirus, owners worry about lasting impacts.

Goucher College Unveils Roadside Marker Honoring Suffragette History: Descendants of women’s rights advocates recognized at special ceremony.

Maryland Hoops, and Everyone Else, Stomachs A Sudden End to Their Seasons: Plus, an update on Trey Mancini’s health and Joe Flacco shows for Marshal Yanda’s retirement party

Local Boutiques Offer Deals and Online Shopping Amid Coronavirus Outbreak: Opening and closing updates from the retail scene.