The Infusion Center provides short- and long-term IV (intravenous) medicine to outpatients in a comfortable setting. Our infusion therapy center is designed for patients who may not require hospitalization, those who may need home care, or those who prefer the ease and convenience of clinical, outpatient appointments.
What is Infusion Therapy?
Patients may need infusion therapy if they are ill with a complex disease or cannot take medication orally. Some medicines are not able to be taken orally because either stomach acids will destroy them or they may induce vomiting, rendering them ineffective. That means infusion therapy is considered necessary when medication is best introduced to the body through the bloodstream through an IV drip rather than through the mouth.
There are many types of infusion therapy, each with its own purpose. Some examples of IV infusion therapy, some of which may be used together, include:
- Antibiotics, to fight bacterial infections
- Antivirals, to fight viral infections
- Anti-emetics, to prevent vomiting
- Anti-hemophilic factors, to stop excessive bleeding
- Hydration, to boost fluid content in dehydrated patients caused by nausea
- Pain management, to supply continuous painkiller medication, such as after surgery
- And more
Will I Need Infusion Therapy?
Patients may benefit from infusion therapy for various reasons. For example, infusion therapy is often used to treat serious infections that would not respond to oral antibiotics or antiviral pills. Infusion therapy may also be necessary both to kill cancer cells and to treat pain caused by cancer. Diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract may indicate infusion therapy, such as nausea-induced dehydration, vomiting and/or diarrhea, or serious autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s disease. Many other complex illnesses respond best to IV medication.
IV Therapy Services We Offer
Services offered at the Infusion Center include:
- Blood transfusions
- Antibiotic infusions
- Medication injections
- And more
This unit, staffed by registered nurses, is open from Monday through Friday. To learn more, please call (985) 873-4141.
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