Addressing the IV Shortage: Dr. Eduardo Dolhun, America's dehydration doctor

Drip Drop, a medical grade hydration solution available in lieu of IV saline

Jan 29, 2014, 20:30 ET from Drip Drop, Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

In response to news that America's hospitals are experiencing an IV Saline Shortage…


"Dehydration results in hundreds of thousands of preventable outpatient hospital visits a year – hospital trips that might be avoided simply by using an oral rehydration solution (or ORS) as part of your cold and flu treatment at home.

I invented Drip Drop – a great tasting, medical grade oral rehydration solution, for exactly this reason. It is as effective as IV therapy in treating dehydration. It is used by top medical institutions and is available for sale on Amazon, select Walgreens, or our website During a crisis such as this, Drip Drop is certainly an option."

Eduardo Dolhun, MD
Founder, Chief Medical Officer
Drip Drop

Drip Drop is responding to the IV saline shortage by providing FREE overnight shipping of our ORS product to hospitals and clinics affected by the shortage.

Facts about Dehydration:

Most people don't know that dehydration is a partner to cold and flu. How? When we are dehydrated our immune system is weakened, thus making it easier for the cold and flu viruses to strike. Knowing this, it is important to watch for signs of dehydration, including:

  • Dry tongue
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Fussiness in an infant
  • No wet diapers for 6 hours in an infant
  • No urination for 8 hours in children

Signs of severe dehydration include:

  • Inactivity, decreased alertness, and excessive tiredness
  • Very dry, sticky mouth
  • Sunken eyes
  • Dry, wrinkly, or doughy skin
  • Sunken soft spot at the top of an infant's head
  • No urination for 8 hours in an infant, and up to 10 hours in a child
  • Deep, rapid breathing
  • Rapid or weakened pulse

Dehydration can happen quickly and often lands people – especially infants, children and seniors -- in the hospital. In fact, dehydration results in 1.5 million outpatient visits and 200,000 (often preventable) hospitalizations for infants and children per year!

Drip Drop is a new, medical hydration solution that is proven as effective as IV therapy (not to mention less painful – no needles!) – but people can use at home to prevent dehydration and unnecessary trips to the doctor.

The Story of Drip Drop: Roots in Relief

Traveling through Guatemala in 1993, Mayo-trained physician Dr. Eduardo Dolhun found himself in the middle of a cholera outbreak. Witnessing countless children perishing from diarrhea and dehydration, he was desperate for a swift response. Miles away from the nearest hospital, and without the support of medical equipment, Dr. Dolhun first encountered Oral Rehydration Solutions, a simple-but-precise formula that rapidly restores fluid and electrolyte losses. Dr. Dolhun found that ORS had the power to save these children's lives where other methods had failed.

Returning to his clinic, Dr. Dolhun spent a few years tinkering with a formula that could mimic what he used in the field – one that would taste good enough that kids would actually drink it. He created Drip Drop.

Great tasting, safe and effective Drip Drop is now a growing company dedicated to changing the way the world hydrates. Today Drip Drop is used by pediatricians, a group of medical institutions, and will be coming soon to pharmacies around the country.

Since 2010, Drip Drop has worked with international relief organizations to provide assistance to populations in Haiti, Pakistan, Japan, Philippines, South America and the horn of Africa, following natural disasters and famine. Drip Drop has also been used and distributed by U.S. Special Forces and Navy Seals following Hurricane Sandy in the United States. Your support of Drip Drop contributes to our efforts to end suffering due to dehydration.

SOURCE Drip Drop, Inc.