Home Infusion Therapy
Infusion therapy is a safe way to take medicines or fluids that can't be taken by mouth. Instead, they flow through a flexible tube (catheter) that's placed in a vein or just under the skin-usually on your arm or chest. This is called the infusion site.
Advantages of home therapy
Home infusion therapy allows you to live a more normal life. Home therapy also costs less than treatment in a hospital. With proper care, there is little risk of infection.
With home therapy you take an active role in your treatment. A home healthcare company brings your supplies, and a nurse shows you what to do. You need to know the following:
- Who to call in an emergency
- What supplies you need
- How to prevent infection
- How to handle and store your supplies safely
- Where to get support
Call the nurse
Call the nurse if you notice any of the following problems:
- There is redness, swelling, drainage, or pain around the infusion site.
- Your temperature is higher than normal or you have chills.
- You have swelling in your chest, arm, or neck. Fluid may be leaking into the tissue.
- The catheter or tubing comes out.
Turn off the system and call the nurse if:
- The pole falls over and something breaks, or you have a problem putting the pole upright and restarting the system.
- The solution isn't running smoothly through the tubing.
- There is a tear or leak in the tubing or the catheter.
- The alarm on the pump comes on.