Intravenous Infusion Therapy

This is a procedure that delivers medications, vitamins, electrolytes, and other fluids directly into the circulatory system via a needle and/or catheter. Most times, this procedure is needed when conditions are very severe and cannot be effectively treated with other means of medication such as oral administration. Today, clients who are not severely ill turn to intravenous therapy to receive an immediate boost of energy via vitamin infusions.

Devices used for infusion therapies may involve an IV pole to hang the fluid bags and catheters for delivering, but there are infusion pumps that may be available in clients’ homes. Patients and their families are often required to learn how to use and maintain infusion pumps.

Prior to the 1980s, patients needing infusion therapy were required to remain in the inpatient setting for the duration of their therapy. However, with the increasing emphasis on cost-containment managed by third party providers and health insurance and the advancement of administration of these therapies, the option of alternate treatment settings came into being.

Many patients prefer to receive therapy at home but in some cases, the responsibilities and tasks of at home treatment become the burden of the patient and family. Often, taking care of a loved one in need can become overwhelming especially when specialized clinical therapies need to be performed.

GentleNurse Infusion 101 specializes in administering IV infusion therapies and in maintaining the devices necessary to perform them. We are available to teach family members how to assist in the care of loved ones who require IV therapies. The added support of the GentleNurse Infusion 101 team helps reduce the anxiety levels of both patient and family member, creating a nurturing environment for better outcomes.

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“Diseases commonly requiring infusion therapy include infections that are unresponsive to oral antibiotics, cancer and cancer-related pain, dehydration, gastrointestinal diseases or disorders which prevent normal functioning of the gastrointestinal system, and more. Other conditions treated with specialty infusion therapies may include cancers, congestive heart failure, Crohn's Disease, hemophilia, immune deficiencies, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.”
(National Home Infusion Association).