Have you ever woken up on your hotel room floor with a pounding headache and no memory of how you got there? Partied too hard on the first night of vacation and were too hung-over to go out again the next night? If you’re in Vegas, you’re in luck!
The newest Las Vegas tourist attraction promises a quick cure for a hangover, and the cure comes to you! A bus called Hangover Heaven is picking up clients up and down the Vegas strip and treating them for hangovers. For a fee, medical professionals will get you back on your feet after a night of hard partying. The retrofitted bus comes equipped with IV fluids, flat screen TV’s, mirrored ceilings, and nurses in…well…suggestive nurse outfits.
The hangover bus is the brainchild of board certified anesthesiologist Dr. Jason Burke. He insists that the hangover bus does not promote drinking; it merely brings some relief to tourists who overdo it in Sin City. He calls the new business a medical practice on wheels, like a mobile walk-in clinic that only treats one very specific ailment.
If you need the hangover bus, you simply give them a call, and they will pick you up within the hour. Once on the bus, the treatment takes less than an hour. For a $90 fee, you get the basic package, which includes one IV bag containing fluids, vitamins, the anti-nausea drug Ondansetron, and the anti-inflammatory drug Ketorolac. A premium package starts at $150, which gets you two bags. For an additional fee, medical personnel from the bus will treat you in your hotel room.
Critics question whether the hangover bus treatment is safe. They point out that some of these drugs have side effects, and the hangover bus may not be equipped to handle a bad reaction. A patient could be allergic to the medications or fail to report their entire medical history. Ketorolac can affect the kidneys, and Ondansetron can trigger abnormal heart rhythm. There could also be complications for people with esophageal or stomach ailments from chronic alcohol abuse.
Others question the wisdom of a “quick cure” for a hangover. Hangovers are nature’s way of telling you to slow down. Without the physical consequences, people may be tempted to over-drink. To some, offering a quick hangover cure is a violation of medical ethics.
Burke claims he doesn’t treat anyone who is visibly intoxicated or who has a complicated medical history. He believes these safeguards will keep the risk of complications low. He also says that he uses small amounts of the drugs and takes a full medical history before treatment. Burk also points out that they are equipped with a hospital “crash cart” and he is fully qualified to use it in case of emergency.
Hangover Heaven claims that the hangover bus treatment has a 95% success rate in returning patients to normal in 45 minutes. In the short time that the hangover bus has been open for business, its popularity has skyrocketed. At this rate, it won’t be long until Hangover Heaven becomes the new Sin City hot spot!