Re: MINERVA, BMJ 2012;345:e7222

8 November 2012

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: None declared

Victor Y Ameh, Consultant Emergency Physician

Tameside Foundation Hospital, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 9RW

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