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: Preventing InfectionTerapia de infusi³n en el domicilio: Prevenci³n de infecciones

Home Infusion Therapy: Preventing Infection

Infusion therapy is a safe way to take medications or fluids that can't be taken by mouth. A nurse will show you how to set up your home infusion system. Treatment will become part of your daily routine. To prevent infection wash your hands before and after treatment. Also, keep your setup area clean and check the infusion site daily.

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 (infusion site).



Image Washing Your Hands

  • Use liquid soap and lather well for 1-2 minutes.

  • Scrub between your fingers and under your fingernails.

  • Rinse with warm water, keeping your fingers pointed down.

  • Use a paper towel to dry your hands and to turn off the faucet.


Setting Up

  • Wipe off the work surface. Then cover it with a clean towel. Use the same setup area each time.

  • Lay out everything you need.


Caring For the Infusion Site

  • Follow the nurse's directions for cleaning the infusion site and flushing the catheter before and after treatment.

  • Check the site daily for signs of infection.

  • Keep the site dry. Ask the nurse about bathing.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

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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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