Infusion services update during COVID-19 pandemic
To maintain safe distancing and single occupancy spaces in our infusion rooms, we have decreased chair capacity.
We recognize this change impacts patients needing infusion services. Our team will make every effort to accommodate the many patients needing care.
COVID-19 vaccine and intravenous infusions
We understand you may have questions about the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine if you are receiving intravenous infusions for inflammatory conditions.
- In general, you should plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is offered to you.
- You should not delay the vaccination because of an upcoming or recent intravenous infusion.
There are some medications that could somewhat decrease your response to the COVID-19 vaccine, such as prednisone at a dose higher than 20mg daily, rituximab, and cyclophosphamide. But, most medications should not impact your chance of successful vaccination.
If you have any questions, please contact your provider before you come for your next infusion.
About the Medical Infusion Clinic
The Medical Infusion Clinic provides non-urgent, outpatient infusion services to patients with a variety of medical conditions that require infusions, including:
- Autoimmune disease
- Disorders including, but not limited to connective tissue, neurological, and gastrointestinal
- Infectious disease
- Primary care
Treatments and services we perform include administering:
- Blood products
- Chemotherapy (administered to patients with non-malignant diagnoses)
- Electrolyte replacement
- Therapeutic monoclonal antibodies
We provide infusion services to adult and pediatric patients who weigh more than 40 kilograms/88 pounds.
Our team is a versatile and dynamic group dedicated to providing quality care to patients who require infusion services. We practice collaboratively with referring departments to provide you with the best care.
Preparing for your first appointment
- On the day of your infusion, if you are not feeling well (for example, if you have a cough, fever, nausea, infection, cold, pain, or a rash) it is important for you to call your provider first, prior to arriving to your medical infusion appointment. Your provider will make the decision if you are able to receive your infusion.
- The medical infusion nurses can answer questions regarding your scheduled infusion; however, if you have specific questions related to your condition or medication, you need to speak with your provider.
- We encourage you to bring a family member or friend. This person can ask questions you may not have thought of, assist you in getting around the medical center, keep track of appointment details and instructions, and keep you company. The Medical Infusion Clinic is small, therefore we can accommodate only one guest per patient.
- We have 8 infusion rooms. Some of the rooms are equipped with televisions (headsets are available for use).
- We have beverages and light snacks; however, we strongly recommend that you bring something to eat during your infusion.
- If you are diabetic, remember to bring your supplies to your appointment.