Many patients need nutritional or other medicines for medical conditions that cannot be treated with medications by mouth. The infusion of drugs or nutrients directly into the body, through the veins, muscles or under the skin, results in more direct treatment. These methods of medication administration are called infusion therapies.
Reasons for infusion therapy may include pain management, dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, infections, diabetes, cancer and renal failure. Infusion therapy may also be used in conjunction with ventilator therapy.
When providing infusion therapy services, pharmacists work closely with the health care team to monitor the patient’s condition. The team collaborates with individuals and their families and provides education throughout treatment.