What is an infusion?
An infusion is a way to give therapies, such as medicine or blood products, through a vein. We use a tube called an IV line or a central line.
Infusion Services at Seattle Children’s
Our Infusion Services team gives infusions to children, teens and young adults who are being treated for a wide range of conditions. We monitor your child closely so they can receive infusions safely without having to spend a night in the hospital.
What’s special about Seattle Children’s Infusion Services?
Our team is highly trained to give your child lifesaving treatment. We have clinics in 3 locations, so kids can get many infusions they need without a trip to the hospital or an overnight stay.
Our team has special training to provide IVs for a wide range of conditions. Our infusions deliver medicine, blood products, nourishment, chemotherapy, enzymes and immunotherapy. We are trained to watch for and respond to complications that might happen during an infusion.
We realize infusions are stressful for many children and families. Our Child Life therapists help you and your child ease tension and feel more in control of your infusion clinic experience.
Depending on your child’s treatment needs, you may be able to choose an infusion location closer to home. We have infusion centers at our:
Our Bellevue and Federal Way clinics do not offer blood product, chemotherapy or infusions that have a higher chance of causing reactions, such as rituximab.
At Seattle Children’s, your family has a full team behind you, from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up. From our appointment schedulers to our pediatric nurses, our team is specially trained to work with children and their families. Our facilities and equipment also reflect this kid-friendly, family-centered approach.
Services We Provide
Through an infusion, we can provide:
- Blood products, such as red blood cells or platelets
- Immunoglobulin (antibodies)
- Antibiotics or medicines for other conditions
- Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 illness
Blood products, chemotherapy and infusions that have a higher chance of causing reactions are offered only at our Seattle main campus.
Who does Infusion Services treat?
We care for children, teens and young adults needing infusions that last less than 12 hours for health conditions such as:
- Blood disorders
- Conditions affecting the brain and nervous system
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Genetic conditions
- Heart disease
- Hormone problems (endocrinology)
- Immune system disorders
- Kidney disease
- Rheumatology conditions
Scheduling an Appointment With Infusion Services
- If you would like an appointment, ask your child’s primary care provider to refer you.
- If you have a referral, please call 206-987-5700 to schedule an appointment.
- If you already have an appointment, learn more about what to expect and how to prepare.