Home Infusion

Resources and support to ensure your success with home infusion therapy

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Infusion therapy is the delivery of medicines intravenously (IV) or subcutaneously. Sometimes, receiving antibiotics or other medicine by infusion is a more effective way to treat your infection. Often, your infusion therapy is started in the hospital, then transitioned to home where you will continue the infusion treatment. 

Overview

Infusion therapy is the delivery of medicines intravenously (IV) or subcutaneously. Sometimes, receiving antibiotics or other medicine by infusion is a more effective way to treat your infection. Often, your infusion therapy is started in the hospital, then transitioned to home where you will continue the infusion treatment. 

What to Expect from Home Infusion TherapySlice

You may need home infusion therapy if you have a condition such as:

  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Bloodstream infection
  • Skin or bone infection
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Crohns Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Immune disorders, blood cell disorders, nausea/vomiting/dehydration

If you or any member of your family needs infusion therapy, you will be provided the medication, supplies, education and assistance to ensure you are successful in administering this therapy.

Infusion therapy services you may need include: 

Medicine

Your doctor will work with the home care pharmacist and nurses to determine a safe and effective home infusion treatment plan. The medicine will be delivered to you in a convenient dosage and packaged in the way that is most appropriate — it may be a bag, a device that looks like a small ball, a pre-filled syringe or a small vial. Your medicine will be clearly marked with an expiration date as well as how to use it, and contact information in case you have questions. 

Equipment

Depending on your need, your treatment may involve a small portable electronic or mechanical pump. You may be able to walk around and perform most normal daily activities while receiving your medicine, if your condition and dosage form allow it.   

Education

If you are on home infusion therapy, you won’t be left on your own to figure it all out.  The home care team will make sure you and your partner know how to administer the infusion treatment/s and feel comfortable in doing so. 

You will also learn how to:

  • Store the equipment, medicine and supplies.
  • Read the medicine labels.
  • Care for the IV line and surrounding skin
  • Contact a nurse or pharmacist with concerns.  

Monitoring

Many patients receive regular nursing visits to obtain blood for lab work to make sure the medicine is working, to check the IV line, and to make sure there are no serious side effects. Some patients are independent with their treatment right away, and don’t even need home nursing visits after the teaching visit.  

The home care team wants to make sure you are comfortable with your home infusion therapy, so you will receive phone calls to make sure everything is going well and that you are tolerating the medicine, and to give you a chance to report any side effects or ask questions.  A nurse and a pharmacist can always be reached 24/7 for any questions or concerns you may have. 

What to Expect from Home Infusion Therapy

You may need home infusion therapy if you have a condition such as:

  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Bloodstream infection
  • Skin or bone infection
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Crohns Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Immune disorders, blood cell disorders, nausea/vomiting/dehydration

If you or any member of your family needs infusion therapy, you will be provided the medication, supplies, education and assistance to ensure you are successful in administering this therapy.

Infusion therapy services you may need include: 

Medicine

Your doctor will work with the home care pharmacist and nurses to determine a safe and effective home infusion treatment plan. The medicine will be delivered to you in a convenient dosage and packaged in the way that is most appropriate — it may be a bag, a device that looks like a small ball, a pre-filled syringe or a small vial. Your medicine will be clearly marked with an expiration date as well as how to use it, and contact information in case you have questions. 

Equipment

Depending on your need, your treatment may involve a small portable electronic or mechanical pump. You may be able to walk around and perform most normal daily activities while receiving your medicine, if your condition and dosage form allow it.   

Education

If you are on home infusion therapy, you won’t be left on your own to figure it all out.  The home care team will make sure you and your partner know how to administer the infusion treatment/s and feel comfortable in doing so. 

You will also learn how to:

  • Store the equipment, medicine and supplies.
  • Read the medicine labels.
  • Care for the IV line and surrounding skin
  • Contact a nurse or pharmacist with concerns.  

Monitoring

Many patients receive regular nursing visits to obtain blood for lab work to make sure the medicine is working, to check the IV line, and to make sure there are no serious side effects. Some patients are independent with their treatment right away, and don’t even need home nursing visits after the teaching visit.  

The home care team wants to make sure you are comfortable with your home infusion therapy, so you will receive phone calls to make sure everything is going well and that you are tolerating the medicine, and to give you a chance to report any side effects or ask questions.  A nurse and a pharmacist can always be reached 24/7 for any questions or concerns you may have. 

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Detailed information on what to expect from home infusion therapy. 

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MedlinePlus

Detailed information on what to expect from home infusion therapy. 

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