Mobile IV service improves health with hydration

Taylor Boyle, right, travels across the Valley to administer IVs in the comfort of patients’ homes, offices or hotels. (Taylor Boyle/Submitted)

Anyone who has ever been to the doctor and diagnosed with some kind of ailment — cold, flu, COVID, infection — has undoubtedly been told to make sure they drink lots of fluids. Water isn’t some kind of universal cure, but its benefits go far beyond what most people realize, according to Taylor Boyle, owner of an iDrip Therapy franchise in Peoria.

Boyle travels all over the Valley to bring IV services directly to patients suffering from a variety of ailments from a viral illness to hangover. A longtime RN with advanced life support certifications, Boyle administers a variety of IV formulas containing essential fluids, electrolytes, vitamins and antioxidants designed to help clients reach their optimal health.

“It’s on your time and at your comfort level. It’s one on one, so you’re going to have undivided attention,” Boyle said. “The nurse can sit there and chat with you and kind of educate you about what nutrients might help you if you weren’t aware. It’s just nice to have that kind of service from the convenience standpoint and education wise.”

All IV blends have a base of lactated ringers, which is used to replace water and electrolyte loss; zinc, which helps with immune support; magnesium, which helps the muscular and nervous systems; and B-complex, which boosts energy. The only exception to this is the Pure Hydration Mix ($125), which, as the name suggests, is just a liter of lactated ringers for those who need fluids.

According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly all of the body’s major systems depend on water to function and survive, and losing even a fraction of the body’s water stores can negatively affect the body and mind. Just a few of the important benefits of staying hydrated include improved brain function, weight loss, increased energy, decreased joint pain, better temperature regulation, kidney stone prevention and a healthier heart.

Mayo Clinic recommends a daily minimum of 15.5 cups of water a day for men and 11.5 cups a day for women.

Of course, one of the easiest ways for the body to lose water is through sweat, which is why it’s critical for Arizonans to continually be mindful about hydration.

“We lose so many vitamins and minerals through sweat or dehydration … and it’s just too hard to replace it orally,” Boyle said. “So, this is such a game changer.”

How it works

The process starts with someone filling out an intake form online, answering basic questions about the patient’s needs, medical history and allergies. Boyle said any time someone fills out a form, she is notified immediately. She will then call the patient to do a quick medical assessment over the phone. As long as the patient fits some basic parameters set by the iDrip medical director (such as not having heart failure, respiratory failure or liver conditions), then she can proceed with treatment.

Boyle offers six core IV blends that are highly customizable. The exact combination and strength of each blend is meant to target a specific issue, so Boyle said she helps patients determine what the best treatment is for them.

“A lot of people see the names of the nutrients and vitamins that we offer and know that they’re good for them, but they don’t really know what they do,” Boyle said. “Once we’ve chatted about what their primary complaint is, then I can kind of recommend products based on that.”

With some of the IV blends, patients can choose to add vitamins, supplements or medications. For instance, iDrip has an Emergency Migraine and Headache Blend ($259) that adds in toradol, an anti-inflammatory, and zofran, an anti-nausea medication. iDrip even offers anti-aging and weight management IV blends.

According to Boyle, the most popular IV blend is the Myer’s Cocktail ($199), which contains a high dose of vitamin C, glutathione, magnesium and B vitamins. She said this IV blend is a great option for cold/flu, fatigue, boosting energy or hydration.

Some may think the same benefits can be obtained by just taking some supplements, but Boyle said when taken orally, the liver fields about 90% of that dosage. IV vitamin treatment delivers more of those nutrients that the body can absorb and immediately use.

Boyle said her typical patients are anywhere from their early 30s to early 60s, but are usually people who are more wellness inclined. She said she gets a lot of requests from people who are currently sick or recently recovered from being sick and may be dealing with fatigue or muscle aches.

Other patients may have certain health conditions that require them to have more fluids or make it difficult for their body to stay hydrated. In these cases, iDrip is a convenient, affordable alternative to a trip to the emergency room or urgent care.

“I’ve been in the ER as both a nurse and a patient, and it’s not a pleasant experience,” Boyle said. “You’re already stressed out and not feeling well, and then you go to the ER that is overloaded with other patients and you’re not going to get attention from your nurse. … The ER isn’t going to go the naturopathic route with vitamins and minerals; they’re going to go with pharmaceuticals.”

Regardless of the reason for getting an IV, Boyle said one of the best things about it is that people start to feel better almost immediately.

And it’s a quick and simple process that is purposely designed to take as much stress off the patient as possible. Once the initial intake form is filled out and further information is gathered, the patient just has to pick a time, date and location and Boyle or another iDrip-certified nurse will be there to take care of them.

“We can almost always cover a same-day appointment request or short notice request. We always have nurses available; it’s a very on-call job,” Boyle said. “We go to their home, their office, their gym, hotel — the location is up to the patient. The service itself takes about 25 to 35 minutes total.”

Based in Peoria, she covers all of Phoenix, Anthem, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Glendale and Surprise. However, iDrip has a wide network that can cover most of the state.