Northwest Oncology & Hematology

Rolling Meadows Office: 847.870.4100
Elk Grove Village Office: 847.437.3312
Hoffman Estates Office: 847.885.4100
Barrington Office: 847.842.0180
Elgin Office: 847.577.1023

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Home Infusion Therapy: Checking Your Supplies

With infusion therapy, medications or fluids flow through a flexible tube (catheter) that's placed in a vein or just under the skin-usually on your arm or chest.

A nurse will show you how to set up your home infusion system. Once you know what to do, treatment will become part of your daily routine. Use the checklist below to make sure you have all the things you need. If anything is missing or damaged, call the supply company right away.


Image Bag or Bottle

Your doctor prescribes your medication or fluid. It comes in a bag, or sometimes in a bottle. Be sure to store it as directed on the package.

Image Pole or Hook

The bag or bottle hangs on a pole or on a hook on the wall. Hanging the bag allows gravity to "feed" the medication or fluid into the tubing.

Image Tubing

Clear plastic tubing carries the medication or fluid from the bag or bottle to the catheter in your arm or chest.

Image Pump or Clamp

A pump or clamp controls how fast the medication or fluid flows through the tubing. You can adjust a clamp by hand. A pump is set for the correct flow. Never change the flow unless the doctor or nurse tells you to do so.

Image Needles and Syringes

You insert the tubing into the catheter with a needle or a valve. Before and after treatment, you flush the catheter with a syringe full of saline solution.

Image Dressing and Tape

The catheter is covered with a sterile dressing to help prevent infection. Tape holds the dressing and the tubing in place.

Image Sharps Container

Used needles and syringes must be put in a sharps container. This helps prevent punctures and the spread of infection.

Date Last Reviewed: 2003-08-14T00:00:00-06:00

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Contact us at Northwest Oncology & Hematology. You can reach us at 847.870.4100 (Rolling Meadows office), 847.437.3312 (Elk Grove Village office), 847.885.4100 (Hoffman Estates office), 847.842.0180 (Barrington office) and 847.577.1023 (Elgin office)For your convenience, you can also use our New Patient Appointment online form to schedule your consultation with us.

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