IV Infusion Therapy
IV Infusion therapy is a method of administering medication through an intravenous line. Pinnacle GI Partner Infusion Centers administer all biologic drugs such as Infliximab (Remicade, Renflexis, Inflectra) Entyvio, and Stelera. We also provide iron infusions and hydration therapy for our patients.
What To Expect
When the doctor prescribes IV therapy, you’ll go to the office or clinic for it to be administered. One or more of the medical staff will check you in and take your vitals. They will check your weight and take your temperature and blood pressure. The nurse will start the IV and prepare the medicine prescribed by the doctor. They may continue to monitor your blood pressure during the procedure. After the infusion has finished, the nurse will remove the IV and put a dressing over the site. You will be free to go home.
Depending on the exact medication being administered through the IV, it can be a lengthy process. It can take three or four hours. Be prepared with something to do. You may want to bring a book or magazine to read, puzzle books, catch up on paperwork, or bring a tablet to use while you are getting the IV infusion.
Your physician may provide a few things for you to do to prepare for the IV infusion. They may request that you drink plenty of water prior to your visit. In some instances, they may ask you to take medication like Tylenol before coming in. Follow any directions your doctor may give you. Other than that, wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and be prepared to stay for a while.
In most cases, you will be asked to continue your regular medications. Be sure to give your healthcare provider a list of all the medications you are currently taking. This includes both over-the-counter and prescription medications as well as any supplements or herbal remedies you may be taking.
IV infusions are generally safe as long as they are properly administered by a qualified healthcare worker. However, in extremely rare cases, some complications can occur.
- Phlebitis. Inflammation of a vein occurs when the cannula is too large for the vein. It can also occur if it is not properly secured. Symptoms include warmth, swelling, pain, and redness at the site.
- Extravasation. When the IV leaks into the tissue surrounding the vein, it is called an extravasation. It can be caused by using a needle too large for the patient, dehydration, thin cell walls and certain prescription medications, such as steroids. Symptoms include a burning sensation and swelling around the site.
- Air Embolism. This occurs when air bubbles enter the vein. It is rare but can be fatal if it’s not caught early. Being properly hydrated and resting in a supine position while the IV is being started and removed can help prevent this from occurring.
- Hypervolemia. This complication is more likely to occur in the elderly, pregnant women, young children, and those with kidney problems. The condition is an abnormal increase in blood volume. It can cause a rapid heartbeat or distended neck veins.
- Infection. If the site, needle, IV line, or port are not cleaned before the IV is inserted the risk of infection increases. It can be prevented by proper sterilization and hygiene. Symptoms include fever, swelling, and pain.
After the IV infusion is finished, the IV will be removed. A bandage may be placed on the site to stop any bleeding. Depending on the type of medication or treatment you received through the IV, the doctor may give you specific instructions. In most instances, you are free to go home once the infusion is done.
In most cases, you will not need anyone to drive you home. You are not receiving any sedation so you should be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.