An infusion is one way to give therapies when a child needs to receive them through a vein, or by IV (intravenously).

The therapy may be blood products, such as a transfusion of red blood cells or platelets; chemotherapy to treat cancer; biotherapies; immunoglobulin; antibiotics; or medicines for other conditions.

Infusions can also be given to put medicine or another liquid into your child's body for the purpose of doing a test to diagnose a health problem.

What's special about infusion services at Children's?

We have an Ambulatory Infusion Unit attached to our Hematology/Oncology Clinic. The unit is staffed by pediatric nurses who monitor each patient closely.

The nurses on the unit are experts at starting IVs, accessing central lines and responding to any emergency that might arise during an infusion, such as an allergic reaction to a medication.

They are all certified in giving chemotherapy and biotherapies, and some are certified in pediatric oncology. Nurses monitor each patient closely.

This means that many children can receive their infusions in the unit, instead of needing to be admitted to the hospital.

Who needs infusion services?

Our infusion unit serves any patients who need therapies that last less than 12 hours.

In the infusion unit, we work with children who have many different types of health conditions, including blood diseases, cancer, immune disorders, genetic abnormalities, gastrointestinal problems and rheumatologic disorders.