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Home Infusion Treatment Information
We provide everything you need for successful home infusion treatment. Our services include:
- Medicine. Our pharmacists and nurses work with your physician to create a personalized treatment plan based on your needs, with a focus on ensuring that your treatment is safe and effective. We provide your medication in the most convenient dosage form based on the drug’s stability and the manufacturer’s recommendations. Possibilities include a bag, a device that looks like a small ball, a prefilled syringe or a small vial. Your physician makes sure you have the type of IV access that is best for you to accomplish this treatment at home. For your safety, we clearly mark your medicine with an expiration date and detailed information about when and how to use it, along with our contact information in case you have questions. Antibiotic treatment typically lasts from a day to several months, depending on your condition.
- Equipment. In some cases, treatment involves an electronic or mechanical pump. If you use this type of device, you can typically walk around and perform other normal daily activities while receiving your medicine, depending on your condition and the dosage form. We know that many patients need to return to work or school, so we ensure that your therapy is as portable as possible.
- Education. As you begin treatment, a nurse visits to ensure that you and your caregiver know how to administer IV antibiotics at home. We tailor your education to your specific condition, treatment and needs and make sure that you are comfortable using and storing your equipment, medicine and supplies. The goal of training is for you or a caregiver to become able to administer the medicine independently. We also teach you to care for your IV line and surrounding skin to prevent additional infections and clogging of the IV access. You learn to read the medicine label and receive instructions on when and how to call the nurse or pharmacist with concerns.
- Monitoring. Our specially trained clinicians provide full support throughout your home IV antibiotics treatment. Even after you are able to administer your own medicine and care for your IV line, a nurse may visit you regularly to take blood samples or check your IV line and to evaluate how well the antibiotic is working. In addition, one of our team members contacts you by telephone prior to each delivery. We may ask questions about how well you are tolerating the medicine and whether you are having side effects or other problems. We review your laboratory results—if applicable to your therapy—and then speak with your physician to recommend adjustments to treatment or continuing therapy as-is until you recover from your infection. You can contact an IU Health Home Care nurse or pharmacist 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to ask questions or get help with any issues you may experience.
Home Infusion Support Services
More information on home IV antibiotics is available from these organizations:
A Sampling of Home Infusion Support Services
This U.S. federal government site explains various types of home IV treatment.
National Home Infusion Association
This professional group provides a patient- and family-friendly overview of infusion therapy.