banana bag

  1. What is a banana bag?
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   neneRN
    A bag of IV fluids containing MVI (this is what makes the fluid yellow, hence the term "banana" bag)-we hang these on alcoholic pts coming into the ER and they usually also contain thiamine, folic acid, and sometimes Mag Sulfate.
  4. by   EricTAMUCC-BSN
    what is MVI?
  5. by   neneRN
    sorry, multi-vitamins.Severe alcoholics tend to drink more than they eat so a banana bag is an attempt to replenish nutritional deficiencies.
  6. by   2ndCareerRN
    Also sometimes known as a Rally Pack,

    Usually contains:

    MultiVitamin 10ml....gives the distinctive yellow color
    Thiamine 100mg
    Folic Acid 1mg

    Some facilities also add Mag Sulfate to the mix.

    All mixed in 1L normal saline.

    Used in cases of malnutrition, undernutrition, and alcoholics to plump them up and get some vitamins into them.


    bob
  7. by   live4today
    Yep! We hang enough banana bags where I work, too!
  8. by   gwenith
    I have never heard it called that!!

    Sings "the Banana Bag" song

    http://www.singalongwithme.com/banana/index.php

    or perhaps it is the effect of too much night duty.....
  9. by   live4today
    gwenith......I loved that song! I sang it all the way to the end. Made me feel like I was on an Island somewhere far away!
  10. by   pickledpepperRN
    Perfect song for a night nurse who hangs banana bags.
  11. by   EricTAMUCC-BSN
    never heard of the banana bag song!! haha, thanks yall.
  12. by   Janet Barclay
    banana bag= bag'o shame
  13. by   Rapheal
    Just hung one for the first time tonight. Loved the song. Follow up with the librium and lactulose lullabye.
  14. by   New CCU RN
    LOL...we call em "Goody Bags"

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