Infusion Therapy Services

Fireplace in the Infusion Therapy Services areaInfusion (IV) therapy involves the administration of medication through a needle or catheter.

This therapy is prescribed when a patient’s condition cannot be treated effectively by oral medication. Typically, infusion therapy means that a drug is administered through a vein. The term may also refer to a situation where drugs are provided through other non-oral routes, such as injections.

Medications such as antibiotics, antivirals, and cancer drugs can be delivered by infusion therapy. In some cases, when patients need more fluids, infusion therapy can be used for hydration.

Conditions Treated:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colotis
  • Alpha-1 Deficiency
  • Iron Deficiency
  • Osteoporosis
  • Immunodeficiencies
  • Advanced Neuropathies
  • Blood Diseases (ITP)
  • Vitamin/Electrolyte Deficiencies
  • Severe Dehydration
  • Hyperemesis (uncontrolled vomiting)
  • Some “chronic” types of cancers

Treatment Plan:

Chair in the infusion areaInfusions must be ordered by an OMC provider. Patients who wish to have infusions done at the OMC Infusion Therapy Services Department will need to have an established primary care provider at OMC.

Infusions are given by a core group of highly skilled Certified Registered Nurse Infusionist (CRNI) nurses and seasoned RN staff.

Outpatient infusion therapy will be set up by an infusion services nurse who will work closely with your provider. Each infusion therapy patient will have an assigned nurse or nurses who will make sure all of the required orders, lab work, and services are in place prior to being treated.

All infusion patients are to check in to the Outpatient Services Department upon arrival. Patients may expect treatment to begin within 15-30 minutes of their arrival. Some infusions take only one hour, but most take two to four hours.

Vascular access insertions such as PICC lines or Midlines take about 90 minutes from start time until the catheter placement has been confirmed.

Services offered:

  • Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC Lines)
  • Midline Catheters
  • Port-a-Cath Venous Catheters
  • Peripheral IV Catheters
  • Blood Products
  • IVIG
  • Antibiotics
  • Alpha 1-Proteinase Inhibitor
  • Advanced Biologicals
  • High Dose Steroid Therapy
  • TNF-alpha blockers
  • Monoclonal Antibodies
  • Chemotherapy (few and select)
  • Vitamins, minerals, and fluids for hydration*

*Infusions must be medically necessary and prescribed by an Olmsted Medical Center clinician. No alternative medicine therapies or treatments that are outside national standards of practice will be administered.

Infusion artwork on the wall in the Infusion Therapy area