Minerva

Minerva

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7222 (Published 31 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7222

Re:

Dear Sir,

I write in response to the photograph of a helmet with a hook for an intravenous fluid bag attachment.

While it would seem convinient for patients to be able to move around with a fliud bag attached to this device, the necessity for this seems questionable for the following reasons:

Firstly, the IV line can be simply closed off and the patient allowed to move about.

Secondly, it can be argued that if a patient is well enough to walk to the hospital gardens and bathroom then they probably did not require the intravenous fluid in the first place!

Yours Sincerely,

Mr Victor Ameh MBBS,MA,FRCSEd, FCEM
Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Tameside Foundation Hospital NHS Trust
Asthon-Under-Lyne
OL6 9RW

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 November 2012
Victor Y Ameh
Consultant Emergency Physician
Tameside Foundation Hospital
Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 9RW
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