Infusion therapy is when medication is injected into a patient rather than consumed orally. There are two forms of infusion therapy services: intravenous and subcutaneous. Intravenous therapy is probably the more well-known of the two and is also known as IV therapy. During IV therapy, the medication is injected into the patient’s vein. By contrast, subcutaneous therapy involves an injection site just under the skin.
While IV therapy can be administered without the patient needing to take an active role, subcutaneous therapy can occasionally be overseen by the patient. This, among other reasons, results in IV therapy being more controlled and consistent. In either case, Senior Health Care Solutions has created a simple guide to understanding infusion therapy services. Read on to learn more.
What is Infusion Therapy?
When medication for a serious disease cannot be ingested orally, doctors may use infusion therapy to medicate their patients. Certain infections and diseases make oral medication very difficult or impossible. It is in those cases where this treatment is most commonly utilized. In other cases, such as in cancer cases, oral medication cannot adequately fight the condition, triggering the need for infusion treatment.
In addition to cancer, infusion therapy can also be used for other conditions including:
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Infusion therapy services can also be deployed when certain symptoms or side effects appear that may or may not be tied to a specific disease. For example, issues with blood flow, low levels of certain bodily fluids and pain can be targeted by infusion treatment.
How Can Infusion Therapy Help?
Infusion therapy can help patients who are in need of non-oral medications. As noted, some chronic conditions provide debilitated patients with access to medication that they cannot swallow themselves. IV therapy specifically can be used on patients who require more structured care, as the medication can be administered on a set schedule.
Infusion therapy services can be overseen by a medical professional, ensuring that the medication process goes off without a hitch. Situations that call for this method of care, as one can assume, are generally associated with serious illnesses and conditions. For this reason, close monitoring is required when infusion therapy is administered.
Learn More at Senior Health Care Solutions
Senior Health Care Solutions can help you better understand the benefits of our services. Our centers are state-of-the-art facilities designed to put each resident in a comfortable position. Contact Senior Health Care Solutions for more information regarding infusion therapy services.