INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A bus is making its debut outside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway race weekend. It's not for transportation, it's for rehydration.
The 40-foot bus sitting outside a Broad Ripple bar surely attracts attention, even though people passing by don't know what's going on.
Kyle Korkhouse laughs as he sees it.
"No. No idea what that's about," Korkhouse said.
It's about rehydration. It's called the Recovery Bus and it debuts race weekend outside the track.
You might soon find it at an event near you.
Tony Unfried who works for the Recovery Bus says, "there's a need for it. 90 percent of the people walking around at events like this are dehydrated and don't realize it," he says.
Rosie Fogarty, a nurse practitioner, is one of the co-founders of the recovery bus.
"No, I've never worked on a bus before. I work in the OR," she laughs.
It's a totally remodeled 1983 charter bus that has room for 25 adults. It will include flat panel TVs, WiFi and iPads. But the focus is giving IVs to dehydrated people.
"With the IV hydration we can alleviate the symptoms. The headache goes away, the nausea goes away all of a sudden and you get a little bit more energy. You just feel so much better," she says.
The company has an on-staff physician, but most of the time the IVs will be given by nurses and nurse practitioners. All are licensed. The bus is licensed by DOT. The cost of an IV starts at $49 a bag.
"And that gets you the IV solution with at least one med. Your options are anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory and vitamin boost," says Unfried.
The question is, will people buy it?
"That seems like a big price to pay for a night out," says Kate Franzman as she walks by the bus.
If you're intoxicated you can't be treated. But after the alcohol has worn off they are ready to help.
"There's always people that want to try something new because being hungover, being worn down is a pretty bad feeling you know," says Kyle Korkhouse.
But he says he wouldn't use it himself.
Dehydration and its symptoms are all the Recovery Bus will treat. It will be parked at 25th and Georgetown starting Thursday night of race weekend. You can get a sneak peek inside Friday night in Broad Ripple.
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