Supporting Therapies

Infusion Therapies that are given as support in disease management:

Hydration:

At times, your physician may order you to have fluids by IV to rehydrate you.  This is usually necessary when your body is losing fluids and/or electrolytes.  Our pharmacy and nursing staff are available to assure that you are receiving the correct fluids that your physician has ordered.  This therapy is short term and will not last long as usually your fluids are administered in a few hours.  Your physician will order the right type of fluid to meet your needs and assure adequate rehydration.

Antibiotics:

Your physician will sometimes order antibiotics by IV when you have an infection and medicines by mouth are not working.  These infusions take a short time but can be ordered for multiple times a day and generally will need to be 3 days or more. By far, the major home infusion therapies are IV antibiotics, prescribed primarily for such diagnoses as cellulitis, sepsis, and osteomyelitis; other diagnoses include urinary tract infections, pneumonia, sinusitis and more.  Some common antibiotics are Vancomycin (Vancocin), Levofloxacin (Levaquin), Merropenem (Merrem), Ertapenem (Invanz), Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), and Ampicillin (Omnipen,Polycillin,Principen).

TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition):

There are times when your body is not getting the nutrients that you need.  This can be from many different reasons that include certain disease processes, such as Crohn's and cancer, and other causes such as difficulty swallowing.  You may notice significant weight loss and your physician may order nutrients by IV.  IV Care Options specializes in TPN administration, monitoring labs, and thorough assessments in order to manage your symptoms that require TPN. 

Our skilled nurses work with TPN patients in the initial stages to teach them how to connect their bags to the IV, inject any necessary medications into the nutrients, clean the site and tubing and recognize signs and symptoms of infection. Then, a nurse will visit on a weekly basis to monitor the patient’s weight and draw lab specimens as needed.

Pain Management:

There are times when the pain that you experience isn't controlled by oral medications.  Your physician may order your medication to be administered at a controlled rate by a pump.  This therapy is usually temporary and assists to get your pain under control so that oral medication will work properly.  You may experience pain due to surgery or as a result of your disease process. 

 

Each of these supporting therapies is available in certain areas of our coverage territory and will be reviewed by our team of experts at the time of the referral from your physician.