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Sunday April 19, 2015

 


Q: "Banana Bag"  cab be used in which condition as an adjuvant treatment  beside its use in alcoholism and nutritionally deficient patients?  


Answer: Terminally ill patients to relieve pain


The contents of "Banana Bag" are
  • Thiamine 100 mg
  • Folic acid 1 mg
  •  MVI 1 amp (Multivitamin)
  •  3 grams of magnesium sulfate
Due to yellow color of MVI, solution is popularly named as "banana bag" in US hospitals.

Banana Bags are very well known for its use in alcoholics, nursing home patients and nutritionally deficient patients, for need of thiamine to prevent Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome and to replenish whole-body magnesium deficiencies. One less known but beneficial use of "Banana bag" in ICU can be for patients with terminal illness because magnesium can mitigate nerve pain and relieve muscle pain and cramps.






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