Information about Infusion
What is Infusion?
As a treatment option, infusion therapy involves the administration of medication through a needle or catheter. The procedure is quite simple, and has been used with great success since the 1960s. Infusion therapy is used most often when a patient’s condition has reached the point where oral medications are no longer effective. Infusion therapy supports a variety of needs, including pain management, dehydration, nutrition deficiencies, infections, diabetes, cancer, kidney failure and more. Infusion therapy decreases the amount of time patients spend in clinics and clinical environments, and can also help keep medical costs lower.
How We Are Different
Patients in our Infusion Center receive relief and benefit from coordinated care, whether you’ve been referred to us from Oncology, Hematology, Urology, or any number of departments and specialty groups. We are an adult outpatient center located on the 3rd floor of our 87th Street clinic, complete with 14 chairs plus a private room with a bed.
Our skilled, dedicated nursing team delivers the best in patient centered care: all of our nurses are either OCN certified or trained within Oncology, and have completed the required chemotherapy/biotherapy course.
A Medical Director from the Department of Hematology/Oncology Medical coordinates all medical care, while physicians from our Department of Hematology/Oncology provide coverage during hours of operation.
We see patients as scheduled from a wide range of specialties and primary care departments, including (but not limited to):
- Infectious Disease
Patients are admitted to our Infusion Center for the following:
- IV fluids
- Factor VIII
- Other infusions as ordered by service providers
We focus our nursing care on the following:
- Specialized assessment
- Patient and family education
What diseases are treated with infusion therapy?
Many diseases require infusion therapy, from cancer and cancer-related pain, to infections that are unresponsive to oral antibiotics. Patients dealing with dehydration, pain management, gastrointestinal diseases or disorders that prevent normal functioning of the gastrointestinal system also find relief via infusion.
What can I do to prepare for infusion therapy?
First, drink plenty of water. It’s important to stay hydrated. Check with your primary care physician or referring doctor if you have a condition that prevents you from drinking large amounts of fluids. They will provide you with instructions on how best to hydrate before your infusion.
Secondly, check with the infusion staff about any pre-medications you need to take before your infusion, including the appropriate dose, and the best time to take your medications.
Finally, wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes. This will help you stay as comfortable as possible during the process, and also will make it easy for us to monitor vital signs as needed (blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, etc.).
How many infusion treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you need depends on your condition, as well as how you respond to each treatment. We will work with you, your primary care physician, and/or your referring doctor to make sure you are in the loop as far as the protocol and treatment plan is concerned.
Our Infusion Center has the highest patient satisfaction scores within the Western Region. With this in mind, expect us to provide an environment that is as relaxing, comfortable and accommodating as possible, while maintaining consistent, effective care. You will be in the goods hands of highly skilled infusion nurses and support staff, and will have access to physicians while you’re here.