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
- Epidural route - given into an area surrounding the spinal cord
The Beaumont Ambulatory 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 admitted to the centers directly from physician offices, hospitals, nursing homes or emergency rooms. All patients are followed and monitored by a clinical team of experts, and provided with extensive education about their therapy regimen.
Infusion Services Available
- Antibiotic, anti-fungal and antiviral therapies
- Anti-emetic therapy
- Bacillus Calmette-Guerin Vaccine (BCG Tuberculin Vaccine)
- Bisphosphonates: Pamidronate, Zometa, Reclast, Boniva
- Blood transfusions
- Chelating agents
- Epogen (Procrit), Neupogen, Neulasta
- Growth hormones
- Hemophilia factors
- Implanted venous access device declotting
- Intramuscular and subcutaneous injections
- Iron therapy
- IV fluid hydration
- IV immune globulin
- IV Medication therapy
- IV Steroids
- Mediport and PICC line maintenance
- Mitomycin bladder installations
- Monitoring of first doses of medications, especially for patients with multiple allergies that are at higher risk
- Refill and maintenance of port pumps
- Remicade and other biological therapies: Orencia Rituxan, Tysabri, etc.
- Therapeutic phlebotomies
- Transfusion of blood and blood products
- Venous access device irrigation
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. Some antibiotics such as Vancomycin, Daptomycin, and Ertapenem only exist in an intravenous form. Infusion therapy is often ordered for patients who have a compromised gastrointestinal system resulting in an inability to absorb many oral medications. Intravenous therapies are also given to patients who cannot tolerate oral medications due to a number of factors such as nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal obstruction, etc.
Intravenous therapy has an advantage over oral medications which may take hours to fully absorb in the gastrointestinal tract. The same medication in IV form will be absorbed more quickly.
What to expect
A quiet, intimate atmosphere with fully reclining chairs and personal attention from our dedicated nursing staff. We offer lunch service for those staying for longer infusions and wireless computer access. Televisions are also present for your viewing pleasure.
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 drivers license
- Insurance referrals and/or authorizations
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)