North Texas Infectious Diseases Consultants (NTIDC)’s Hospital Avoidance Program is set up to provide other physicians with and alternative to hospital admission or emergency department visits for their patients. We can provide same or next business day infusion services in most cases. This includes PICC or Mid-line placement and dosing.
"Traditional" prescription drug therapies commonly administered via infusion include antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, chemotherapy, biologics, hydration, IVIG. We have onsite PICC placement and are able to administer these therapies at our infusion suites or with home IV therapy provided when appropriate.
What is an Infusion?
Infusion is a procedure of delivering medications or other fluids directly into your vein. The procedure, also called intravenous (IV) administration, is performed using a needle or catheter that is inserted into the vein.
Where are Infusions Performed?
Infusion is mostly performed in a hospital or other health care setting. However, it can also be done at outpatient infusion therapy centers or the patient’s home. Home infusion has been proven to be a convenient, safe and effective alternative to inpatient infusion.
Indications for Infusions
Patients who cannot take medication orally or those whose condition is so severe that periodic oral or injectable treatments are not effective are the prime candidates for IV infusion.
Usually, an infusion is recommended in cases of:
- Severe dehydration
- Immune deficiencies
- Chronic infections that are unresponsive to oral antibiotics
- Serious diseases (diabetes, cancer, renal failure or arthritis)
- Nutritional (vitamins, minerals, etc.) deficiencies
Types of Infusions
There are different types of infusion available depending on your condition. They include but are not limited to:
- Infusion for hydration: Dextrose, sodium chloride, etc. are used to restore fluids and electrolytes in your body.
- Antibiotics, antifungals or antiviral infusions: Helps in fighting and destroying microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi or viruses.
- Immunoglobulin infusion: Proteins present in the serum and cells of the immune system, which function as antibodies and fight infections, are delivered through the vein.
- Infusion of bisphosphonates: Certain drugs are delivered through the vein to limit or prevent loss of bone density that occurs during osteoporosis or bone cancer.
- Chemotherapy infusion: Chemical substances like cytotoxins (toxic to living cells) and other drugs are infused into your body to treat cancer.
- Iron infusion: This is usually performed to treat anemia caused by iron deficiency.
- Infusion of total parenteral nutrition (TPN): Proteins, carbohydrates and fats are injected intravenously to meet calorie requirements.
- Vitamin infusion: Vitamins and minerals administered intravenously may boost energy levels, stimulate the immune system and help with stress, jetlag and sleep problems.
- These nutrients can also be administered for conditions such as hypertension, fatigue, depression, migraines, fibromyalgia (widespread pain), diabetes, hepatitis, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections, cancer, and other disorders.
- Vitamin B and vitamin C, when infused, may be able to treat a wide range of clinical conditions; from acute asthma attacks to cardiovascular disease.