If you know of someone who has a diagnosis of cancer, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis, you’re well aware of the term infusion therapy. But what exactly does infusion therapy treat and what does it entail? Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, has trained and experienced staff who can assist you or your loved one with infusion therapy services.
Often, patients with internal illnesses such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or cancer are unable to eat or cannot take oral medications properly, thereby requiring the use of administration of medications that go directly to the blood stream. This is called infusion therapy and the procedure allows patients to receive therapy in the comfort of their own home.
What is infusion therapy, what does it treat, and how is it administered?
- Infusion therapy is typically used to treat chronic or serious infections that do not respond to antibiotics. It’s also used on patients with cancer, cancer pain, gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, immune deficiency disorders, and dehydration caused by nausea and vomiting.
- Infusion therapy is an alternative to oral treatment, and those who cannot eat and digest food and medications properly. Typically, it’s administered through a catheter into the vein to allow the medication to go directly into the blood stream.
- Infusion therapy, in the past, was only administered in the hospital. However, with advances in medicine, it can now be administered in an outpatient infusion therapy center or in the comfort of your own home. It is required that nurses have special training, be licensed by the board of pharmacies, and meet and pass strict regulations and standards set by the medical board and government agencies.
- Infusion therapy examples include chemotherapy, enteral nutrition, anti-hemophilic factors, anti-emetics, anti-coagulation therapy, pain management, and total parenteral nutrition, to name a few.
Infusion therapy can be terrifying and intimidating. However, with specially trained nurses and other staff, the treatment is effective and virtually pain-free, leaving the patient feeling better in no time. Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, knows how important it is that patients receive nutrition and medications appropriately for a better quality of life. That’s why we have trained and experienced nursing staff who can help with infusion therapy services in the comfort of your own home.
If you or someone you love has received the diagnosis of cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or an immune deficiency disorder, contact Comfort Health at (507) 281-2332 to learn more about infusion therapy services. In no time, you or your loved one will be feeling better and experiencing a new quality of life.