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Home Infusion

Home Infusion
What is home infusion?
A way of administering medicine, nutrients or fluids intravenously into your body. Home and alternate site infusion care are safe alternatives to inpatient care for prescribed therapies usually considered to be more effective than oral treatments. Physicians direct care for intravenous (IV), specialty injections, enteral (tube feeding), and parenteral nutrition. Your medical team may include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, registered nurses, and registered dietitians.
Watch this video from our friends at the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA):

What are the benefits of home-infusion services?

Better Health Outcomes

For people fighting infections or treating a chronic condition, home and alternate infusion therapy can help reduce the risk of healthcare acquired infections which are common in acute medical care settings. Home infusion therapy provides the opportunity to heal in a space where you’re comfortable and relaxed. With sanitary practices, sterile equipment, and medical oversight you can administer your home infusion therapy safely.

Lower Treatment Costs

Home infusion therapy is a cost-effective alternative to receiving treatment in a hospital or clinical setting. Accessing infusion therapy from your home can reduce the amount of time you stay in a hospital which often saves you money. In addition to receiving treatment at home, infusion centers are economical solutions that reduce much of the burden of the cost of specialty medications to the health care system. Many therapies offer Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs), which are created by pharmaceutical companies to provide free or discounted medicine to people who are unable to afford them.

Greater Convenience

Home and alternate site infusion allows many patients to resume normal routines with family, work or school. Home infusion therapy often saves time by providing access to medicine you need while accommodating your schedule. Instead of enduring hospital and doctor’s office waiting rooms, you can be treated by trained medical professionals in the comfort of your own home.

What services may be available?

Home infusions are available to make medication management more affordable and accessible to patients. Below is a list of services that can be included in home infusions:

  • Medication management
  • Nutrition therapy
  • IV anti-infectives
  • IV nutrition (TPN/PPN/PN)
  • Enteral tube feeding
  • Immunoglobulin therapy (IV & SQ)
  • Specialty infusions
  • Biologics
  • Infusion supplies
  • Infusion Suites
  • Chemotherapy
  • Patient and caregiver
  • Education

What should I look for in a provider?

Finding a good provider can be confusing. To help, here are some things to ask about before choosing your provider:

The company's background: "How long have you been in business? What are your core values?"

Requirements: "What are your requirements for home-infusion patients?"

Budget-friendliness: "Will you work with my insurance to cover most of the cost?"

Specialized services: "Do you specialize in the care I need?"

The team: "Who is on the team of caregivers? Are there team members that specialize in the care I need? Do you offer 24 hour clinical support?"

GuidingPatients cares about patient needs and the medical service they receive. We hope that all patients receive the best care possible, which is why we provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

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