In Medicine, What Is a Rally Pack?

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
A rally pack.
A rally pack.

A rally pack is an intravenous solution which is administered to a patient in order to address a nutritional deficiency. These packs are commonly used in settings like the intensive care unit (ICU), where patients may be deficient in some nutrients as a result of their diets or illnesses. They are also used in the care of acute alcoholism, when a patient requires immediate treatment.

The rally pack solution enters the body via the intravenous site.
The rally pack solution enters the body via the intravenous site.

The rally pack is also known as a banana bag, a reference to the color of the solution. The composition of the solution varies, depending on the facility, with some facilities mixing their own while others use a packaged product from a medical supply company. Usually the packs include multi-vitamins (MVI), folic acid, thiamine, and magnesium sulfate, prepared in a sterile saline solution. The contents are slowly infused so that they can be distributed throughout the body.

Once a doctor makes the decision to administer the rally pack, a nurse can hang the bag and connect it to an IV that's already placed on the patient.
Once a doctor makes the decision to administer the rally pack, a nurse can hang the bag and connect it to an IV that's already placed on the patient.

Very ill patients can develop nutritional deficiencies for a variety of reasons. As they get sicker and their nutritional deficiencies grow more acute, they can experience additional complications related to their lack of vitamins and minerals. A rally pack helps keep a patient's body more in balance, providing vitamins and minerals which might not be otherwise accessible. For alcoholics, nutritional deficiencies are the result both of poor dietary habits and of complications of alcoholism which interfere with nutrient absorption. These packs can provide immediate supplementation to an alcoholic patient in need.

A device called an infusion pump may be used to control the timing and amount of nutrition administered.
A device called an infusion pump may be used to control the timing and amount of nutrition administered.

A doctor does not need to be present to administer a rally pack. Once a doctor has ordered it, a nurse can hang the bag and set the intravenous line, or connect the bag to an IV which is already placed in the patient. The distinctive color of the solution makes it easy to differentiate from other IV bags which may be connected to the patient to provide medications. Hospital protocol may also require that the bag be labeled with the solution, the patient's name, the date it was prepared, the doctor's name, and the name of the nurse who set up the intravenous drip.

Many problem drinkers are in poor health and have numerous nutritional deficiencies.
Many problem drinkers are in poor health and have numerous nutritional deficiencies.

The term "rally pack" is also used to refer to a type of luggage designed for use with motorcycles. This item provides room for a bedroll, clothing, and other basic items and straps securely onto a motorcycle. The "rally" is a reference to rallies, gatherings at which motorcycle enthusiasts meet to socialize and enjoy riding on the open road with friends and co-enthusiasts.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a TheHealthBoard researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a TheHealthBoard researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments

anon271302

Does anyone know if the banna bags or rally pack are available to buy online?

Markus

@goldensky - It wasn't long ago that I was in the same situation as you are. My wife and I shopped around quite a bit before we settled with the Dowco Rally Pack Luggage Set.

It hooks up easy onto my bike and is large enough to hold a weeks worth of clothes for the both of us. I'm not so sure about the compartments but the zipper pockets hold plenty and are easy enough to get into.

Oh, and the price is very reasonable for all the product has to offer.

goldensky

I own a small leather rally pac that's been sufficient for me riding alone on day trips. But now I'm in the market for some new motorcycle luggage for me and my wife.

I need something that is durable and will hold a bit more stuff than what my single pac can. The wife mentioned she wants zippers, pockets and lots of compartments. I'm just looking for a good price, any ideas?

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    • A rally pack.
      By: beerkoff
      A rally pack.
    • The rally pack solution enters the body via the intravenous site.
      By: jcsmilly
      The rally pack solution enters the body via the intravenous site.
    • Once a doctor makes the decision to administer the rally pack, a nurse can hang the bag and connect it to an IV that's already placed on the patient.
      By: NorGal
      Once a doctor makes the decision to administer the rally pack, a nurse can hang the bag and connect it to an IV that's already placed on the patient.
    • A device called an infusion pump may be used to control the timing and amount of nutrition administered.
      By: Max Tactic
      A device called an infusion pump may be used to control the timing and amount of nutrition administered.
    • Many problem drinkers are in poor health and have numerous nutritional deficiencies.
      By: Andres Rodriguez
      Many problem drinkers are in poor health and have numerous nutritional deficiencies.
    • A rally pack may be administered to a patient suffering from nutritional deficiencies.
      By: Kadmy
      A rally pack may be administered to a patient suffering from nutritional deficiencies.
    • An IV may be administered in the back of the hand if the veins in the arm are unaccessible.
      By: Voyagerix
      An IV may be administered in the back of the hand if the veins in the arm are unaccessible.