Welcome to NMC Health's Infusion Center
When you’re in need of infusion therapy to get life-saving antibiotics, blood transfusions or other medicines, NMC Health is here to make you feel relaxed and at ease.
NMC Health’s Outpatient Infusion Center provides a safe, professional and comfortable environment when you need us most. Here, you can receive the infusion services you need without being hospitalized. Infusion therapy provides you flexibility in your everyday life.
We have a dedicated, skilled team of registered nurses who are specially trained in infusion therapy. They provide care in the following areas:
Medicine given through a vein to treat various illnesses and diseases, such as cancer.
Sometimes you can get an infection that does not respond well to certain antibiotics. These infections tend to need a more aggressive approach. In the Infusion Center, you will receive IV antibiotic treatments to treat bacterial infections such as MRSA, sepsis, staph, blood infections, UTIs and pneumonia.
If you need a blood transfusion, our dedicated nurses can provide them with new blood. This also includes transfusions of blood products, including plasma.
A lack of fluid in your system can lead to dehydration. Dehydration can happen after a bout of vomiting or diarrhea during an illness. It can also result from underlying causes. Hydration therapy replaces the water and electrolytes in your body to get them feeling like yourself again.
A PICC line is a catheter that is placed in your arm, leg or neck. It’s used to give antibiotics, medications or left for multiple blood draws.
A vascular access port is a small device inserted into your vein to deliver medicines or nutrition directly into your bloodstream. Ports are used to give IV (intravenous) antibiotics or for kidney dialysis.
This procedure helps remove red blood cells if you do not have a port. Therapeutic phlebotomy is used when you have a blood disease, or the amount of iron deposits need to be removed from your bloodstream.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911 or visit the NMC Health Medical Center Emergency Department.
Conditions that may require infusion therapy
If you have one of the following conditions, you could be a good candidate for our outpatient Infusion Center:
- Crohn’s Disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome
- Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) in pregnancy
- Immune deficiencies
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Short bowel syndrome
At NMC Health, we want you to feel relaxed and cared for. Our therapy rooms are equipped with cable TV and WiFi. To help keep you comfortable, we provide blankets, beverages and snacks.
The Outpatient Infusion Center is located on the Surgical Unit, in the middle of the NMC Health Medical Center, straight down the hall from the Emergency Room entrance.
Our team provides infusion services and PICC placements Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. After hours and weekend care is provided by Surgical Unit nurses who are specially trained to provide infusion therapy.
Yes. Infusion therapy is often prescribed by doctors in patients they believe will benefit from the therapy. IV fluids and medicines are used in hospitals and clinics all over the world as a way to battle common conditions. You can find a short list above. A nurse will monitor you while you’re having your infusion therapy done.
When you get infusion therapy, there will be a needle inserted into your vein. This is how the medicine gets into your blood stream to help heal or treat your health issue. Some people find this uncomfortable, while others don’t find it painful at all.
Any kind of pain should resolve itself once the needle is removed. You might notice minor bruising where blood can collect under your skin at the site of where your IV was inserted. This is uncommon and not harmful. If it does happen, it should heal quickly.
The length of your infusion treatment depends on what procedure you’re having done. Most IV therapy can take between 15 and 90 minutes. While you’re hooked up to the IV, you’re free to watch TV, sleep, read, listen to music or relax. Some of the longer procedures can last up to three hours, but your nurse will let you know if you’re expecting a long IV session.
NMC Health is will also provide snacks while you’re getting your IV therapy.
It depends on the treatment. Some IV therapies include vitamins and minerals that can help your body heal itself or treat common conditions. Ask your nurse about your therapy and how it can benefit you.
Your doctor will let you know how often you need to go to IV therapy. There are many factors that go into the length and number of sessions including the type of therapy and the severity of your condition. Ask your doctor or nurse any questions you have about infusion therapy.