What are infusions?

An infusion is a way to give your child a medicine or other liquid through a vein. This is called intravenous or IV. 

Infusions are used to give:

  • Treatments for disease
  • Substances for tests that help diagnose disease
  • New therapies being studied in clinical trials 

The infusion may be:

  • Blood products, such as a transfusion of red blood cells or platelets
  • Chemotherapy to treat cancer
  • Immunotherapies
  • Intravenous immunoglobulins
  • Antibiotics
  • Other medicines  

What’s special about infusions at Seattle Children’s?

Expert nurses monitor your child closely as they receive infusions into their vein using an IV line. Our outpatient infusion unit is open on weekdays and weekends. This lets your child get care without spending a night in the hospital. 

The nurses on the unit are experts at: 

  • Working with children and teens
  • Starting IVs
  • Accessing central lines
  • Responding to any emergency that might arise, such as an allergic reaction to a medication 

All of our nurses are certified in giving chemotherapy and immunotherapies, and many are certified in pediatric cancer care (oncology). 

Who needs infusions? 

In the infusion unit, we work with children, teens and young adults who have many different types of health conditions, including:

  • Blood diseases
  • Cancer 
  • Immune disorders
  • Genetic abnormalities
  • Problems with their ability to digest food
  • Inflammatory diseases that affect muscles and joints (rheumatologic disorders)

Our infusion unit serves any patient who needs therapies that last less than 12 hours. 

Contact Us

To make an appointment, you can call us directly at 206-987-2106 or get a referral from your child’s primary care provider. We encourage you to coordinate with your pediatrician or family doctor when coming to Seattle Children’s. 

If you are a provider, see how to refer a patient.