A little preventive therapy

Saundra Ferguson of Mesa receives an IV to help her stay hydrated Friday at Country Thunder. Perfusion Therapeutics offered hydration, energy and pain relief to festival-goers at its tent near the campground entrance.

FLORENCE — Saundra Ferguson of Mesa was hooked up to an IV early Friday afternoon, but she said it was no big problem, just a preventive measure.

“We just actually wanted to hydrate ourselves, so we’re being smart and not being dumb,” Ferguson said.

New at Country Thunder this year was Perfusion Therapeutics mobile IV hydration, offering relief for attendees who may have had too much sun, not enough fluids or too much alcohol.

“We’re just here to provide fluids, and we have a couple of medications we can give for anti-nausea and pain relief,” Perfusion owner Shawn Coder said.

Customers may choose a liter of saline with B-complex vitamins for extra hydration and energy. If they’re feeling more discomfort, they can receive in IV that includes Zofran for nausea and Torval for relief of migraine or headache. If they’re short on time, they can just get a B-12 shot.

Coder said the first day was a little slow, but business was picking up Friday. “Many more have come to see us … just coming in for a little bit of recovery and some extra energy.”

Perfusion is based in north Peoria, but it’s not a brick-and-mortar urgent care.

“It’s a mobile service. We come to your home, place of business, wherever you might need an IV. … We field the phone call and we come to where you are.”

There are several other types of IVs they typically provide, but they came to Country Thunder with the top few that partygoers were likely to need, Coder said.

For more information, visit PerfusionTherapeutics.com.

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Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.

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