Sometimes infusion, or IV, therapy is prescribed for patients when oral medication won’t work effectively to heal their disease or treat their condition or symptoms.
Why has my doctor prescribed Infusion Therapy?
Infusion therapy is the administration of fluid medications and nutrition. It is sometimes necessary in the treatment of chronic (ongoing) and severe conditions, including:
- Blood disorders
- Crohn's disease
- Immune system deficiencies
- Multiple sclerosis
What are some of the treatments I may have with Infusion Therapy?
With infusion therapy, medicines or fluids flow through a flexible tube (catheter) that’s placed in a vein or just under the skin—usually your arm or chest (infusion site).
Treatments may include:
- Antibody therapy
- Blood transfusions and platelet transfusions
- Central line and catheter care
- Hydration and electrolyte replacement
- IV and injectable antibiotics
- Multiple sclerosis treatments
- Rheumatoid arthritis treatments
- Therapeutic phlebotomy (blood draws)
- Wound care
- Urethral catheter changes and long-term maintenance