With New Year's Eve right around the corner, a new San Diego company says it can deliver the cure to a hangover right to your front door.
But the cost-benefit of the service is up for debate.
The company, called CureDash, is an app on the iPhone and GooglePlay stores. It connects San Diegans to providers that offer house calls with licensed nurses who administer an I.V. with a saline-based solution to help rehydrate. They promise to arrive within an hour.
"Me and my co-founder both got it and we felt the results within minutes," said Emil Juboori, who co-founded CureDash. "You can request our service through our app. You'll have a short video call with our doctor, you'll do a quick assessment and then we dispatch a nurse to your location."
Juboori said the nurses do check patients vitals and ask them health questions once they arrive at their homes.
CureDash costs $225 and does not take insurance.
"I wouldn't consider this to be effective medical therapy," said Dr. Shawn Evans, an emergency room physician at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. "My strong preference is if you think you need somebody coming out to your house to put a needle into your arm to give you massive resuscitative fluids, ultimately you should be in front of a qualified medical professional and making sure you don't have something more significant."
Evans said an I.V. can make you feel better in the short term, but you will urinate a good portion of the extra fluids within an hour. Evans said a trip to urgent care is likely more affordable and that he remains concerned about at-home services like these.
Evans said an affordable way to rehydrate is to mix:
- Six teaspoons of sugar
- A half teaspoon of salt
- Four cups of warm water
Evans said to drink a mouthful every five minutes and it will stay in your system.