Home Infusion Therapy

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.

Your role

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.