What is Infusion Therapy?
Infusion therapy (I.V. therapy) involves the delivery of medications using intravenous, subcutaneous or epidural routes.
- Intravenous - given into the bloodstream
- Subcutaneous - given under the skin
- Intramuscular - given into a muscle
The Outpatient Infusion Centers provide short and long-term infusion therapy to patients in a comfortable setting. The centers are designed to provide therapy to patients who may not require hospitalization, who may not be receiving home care because of insurance constraints, or simply may prefer the ease and convenience of medical appointments.
Patients can be referred to the centers from physician offices, hospitals, nursing homes or emergency rooms. All patients are cared for by a clinical team of experts, and provided with extensive education about their therapy regimen. An appointment at the infusion center is necessary to receive care.
Home Infusion services are also available through Beaumont Home Health Services »
Outpatient Infusion Locations
Outpatient Clinics with on-site Infusion Centers
These centers have employed oncologists who would be directly overseeing your care.
Home Infusion Therapies Available
- Antibiotic, anti-fungal and antiviral therapies
- Biologics for the treatment of arthritis, GI diseases (Crohn’s)
- Bisphosphonates (therapies to enhance bone density)
- Blood transfusions and blood products (Beaumont Hospitals Dearborn & Wayne only)
- Intramuscular and subcutaneous injections
- Iron therapy
- IV fluid hydration
- Immune globulins
- IV steroids
- Mediport and PICC line maintenance
- Monitoring of first doses of medications, especially for patients with multiple allergies that are at higher risk
- Therapeutic phlebotomy
When do I need infusion therapy? Why is my doctor ordering infusion therapy instead of prescribing oral medication?
Infusion therapies may be ordered by your physician at any time for many different reasons. Intravenous therapy has an advantage over oral medications. Some medications exist only in an intravenous form while other medications absorb more rapidly when given subcutaneous, intramuscular, or intravenous, enhancing their action versus when they are given orally.
What to expect
A comfortable atmosphere with highly skilled healthcare providers who are dedicated to providing personal attention and care. We offer wireless computer access, televisions, warm blankets, and beverages.
For your comfort, you may bring Multi-media devices (smartphone, tablet, iPad, etc), a book or newspaper to read, and your own personal pillow or blanket. Family or friends may accompany you to your appointment.
What to bring
- A complete list of your medications, including the drug names, dosages and the time(s) you take them
- A complete list of your medical history as well as your surgical history
- Insurance cards and driver's license or valid photo identification
- Insurance referrals and/or authorizations
- Some restrictions may apply to the amount of family and friends allowed per patient
Additional Items you may also want to bring
- Multi-media devices (smartphone, tablet, iPad, etc)
- Book/newspaper to read
- Knitting/crochet materials
- Comfortable clothes
- A sweater (if you tend to get chilly)