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Infusion Therapy | When a pill just doesn't do the trick

3/2/2016

CVMC Infusion Therapy Nurses Alexis Nex and Lori Salvador It is common for doctors to prescribe pills when patients get sick. While oral medications work well for many diseases and conditions, there are situations when an illness can't be treated with a pill--it requires something called infusion therapy. 

What is infusion therapy?

Typically, infusion therapy means giving medicines, nutrition or fluids intravenously, through a needle or catheter inserted into a vein, but the term also may refer to situations where drugs are provided through other non-oral routes, such as intramuscular injections and epidural routes (into the membranes surrounding the spinal cord).

Infusion therapy is used for most chemotherapy drugs. It's also a common method for delivering:

• Antibiotics.
• Antiviral and antifungal medicines.
• Pain medications.
• Fluids (to combat dehydration).
• Parenteral nutrition--a special liquid food mixture given to people who can't eat because of an illness or surgery.

CVMC’s Infusion Therapy Clinic is dedicated to you

Our infusion therapy clinic at Carson Valley Medical Center is dedicated to bringing the latest treatments to you whether you have cancer, a chronic infection, an immune disorder or some other condition that requires intravenous therapy.
Our nurses are highly skilled at administering infusion medicines. They will also keep a watchful eye on you during treatment, and create an atmosphere that helps you relax and stay comfortable during treatment.

Because infusion therapy can sometimes take several hours, the clinic is equipped with features to help make you as comfortable as possible, such as big chairs, soft lighting, televisions, and Wi-Fi.
Getting infusion therapy at our clinic means you won't be confined to a hospital over the course of your treatment, and you won’t have to drive long distances to receive your treatment. Simply visit our clinic in Gardnerville for your scheduled appointments.

Between appointments, you'll be able to return home and, as your health allows, carry on with your daily activities, work or school.

Learn more

For more information about the CVMC Infusion Therapy clinic and how we can serve your needs, please call 775.782.1658 or go online at www.cvmchospital.org.


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