Challenging Dogma: The banana bag



The banana bag is a “one-size-fits-all” approach that offers too much of some of its ingredients and not enough of others. It’s better to individualize treatment based on a patient’s needs and consider high-dose thiamine (500 mg one to three times daily) for those at risk for, or showing signs of, Wernicke’s encephalopathy.

Dr. Sehgal and Dr. Hanson are clinical associate professors of medicine in the division of general and hospital medicine at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System and UT-Health San Antonio. Dr. Sehgal (@rtsehgal) is a member of the editorial advisory board for The Hospitalist.


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