Wilmington Health has two Infusion Centers, both dedicated to specific conditions and medical protocols. One is dedicated to Rheumatology patients. The Infusion Center is here to assist you with your infusion healthcare needs.
With compassion and support, the Infusion Centers of Wilmington Health is where you will find a dedicated medical team providing collaborative medical and emotional care that promotes healing and comfort.
Infusion (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 also refers 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.
We treat the following conditions:
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Behcet’s disease
- Common variable immunodeficiency
- Crohn’s disease
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome
- Migraine therapies
- Multiple sclerosis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Ulcerative colitis
- PICC line care and maintenance
We have expertise in providing the following infusion therapies:
- Immune Globulin
- Ondansetron IV (Zofran)
- Infliximab (Remicade)
- Tocilizumab (Actemera)
- IV antibiotic therapy
- Port access, maintenance, and blood draws
- Abatacept (Orencia)
- Therapeutic phlebotomy
- Belimumab (Benlysta)
- Pegloticase (Krystexxa)
*We also offer a number of treatments that are not listed above.
The Infusion Center recognizes the unique needs of our infusion patients. We understand the desire to have family and friends present during treatments. However, there are times that visitors may be restricted at the discretion of our nursing staff. We will make every effort to be flexible with these guidelines:
- Because of possible infection risk, children under the age of 18 are not allowed in the infusion center.
- Please, no perfume, colognes, or fragrances.
- Infusion times are highly specialized and individualized, running from 30 minutes to over six hours.
- Bring a pen/pencil and paper to write down questions and their answers.
- Books, magazines, e-readers, crossword puzzles, word search games, or Sudoku are welcome.
- Free WiFi is available. We respectfully ask that you mute or use earphones with all electronic devices like iPads, laptop computers, cell phones, electronic games, and MP3 players, so they don’t disturb other patients.
- Bring along handiwork such as knitting, crochet needlework, etc.
- Wear comfortable clothing that is personally easy to adjust in case you become overly warm or cool.
- Infusions are usually administered through an arm, so please wear clothing that is easy for the nurse to access.
- You may want to bring a small, personal blanket. The Infusion Center is kept on the cool side to decrease the chance of infection.
- Certain infusions may require that someone drive you home.
- Only documented service animals will be allowed in the infusion area. No pets.
Infusion therapy is the term often used for the administration of medication through a needle or catheter. Infusion therapy can be used to treat diseases or conditions. It can also be used to counteract the side effects of treatments.
Infusion therapy can be used for:
- chemotherapy (Read about “Cancer Treatments“)
- blood product transfusions (Read about “Blood Disorders Glossary“)
- hydration (Read about “Dehydration“)
- injectable anticoagulants
- intravenous antibiotics (Read about “Antibiotics“)
- other types of intravenous therapies
Other drugs, therapeutic agents and treatments can fall under infusion therapy as well.
An infusion therapy center can provide outpatient care for patients who need these types of services. Center staff members can include hematologists, oncologists, registered nurses, pharmacists and social workers. Staff members are generally trained and experienced in infusion care, and can provide education as well about intravenous (IV) therapy and site care. Centers may also provide catheter care, intramuscular and subcutaneous injection and/or other services. Some kinds of infusion therapy can also be delivered via home healthcare services.
Diseases for which infusion therapy may be used include:
- cancer (Read about “Cancer: What It Is“)
- cardiomyopathy (Read about “Cardiomyopathy“)
- infectious diseases such as sepsis or MRSA (Read about “Microorganisms” “Sepsis” “Staph and MRSA“)
- chronic pain conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (Read about “Chronic Pain” “Rheumatoid Arthritis“)
- hemophilia (Read about “Bleeding Disorders“)
- other conditions requiring IV treatment
Infusion therapy may also be appropriate for someone with gastrointestinal diseases such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or Crohn’s disease. (Read about “Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease” “Crohn’s Disease“)
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