What is an infusion?
An infusion is a way to give treatments (therapies), such as medicine or blood products, to a child or young adult through their vein by IV or a central line.
Infusion Services at Seattle Children’s
We provide infusions to patients being seen by a variety of departments at Seattle Children’s, including:
- Biochemical Genetics
- Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
- Endocrinology and Diabetes
- Gastroenterology and Hepatology
- Heart Center
- Pain Medicine
- Skeletal Health Program
- Transplant Center
What’s special about Seattle Children’s Infusion Services?
Our Infusion Services team monitors your child closely so they can receive infusions in our outpatient unit instead of staying in the hospital.
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.
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We focus on how today’s treatments affect your child as they develop and become adults. Our team has special training starting IVs to deliver medicine, blood products, nourishment, chemotherapy, enzymes and immunotherapy. We are also trained to watch for complications that might occur during an infusion.
Our team supports the research of immunotherapies and other innovative treatments by researchers at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.
Depending on your child’s treatment needs, you may be able to choose an infusion location closer to home. We have infusion centers at:
- The hospital’s main campus in Seattle
- Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center
- Seattle Children’s South Clinic in Federal Way
We do not offer blood product or chemotherapy infusions at Bellevue or Federal Way.
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
We do not offer blood product, chemotherapy infusions or high-risk infusions (e.g. Rituximab) at our Bellevue and Federal Way locations.
What type of patients are treated by Infusion Services?
We care for children and young adults needing infusions that last less than 12 hours and have certain health conditions, including:
- Blood diseases
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Genetic disorders
- Immune system disorders
- Rheumatology disorders
Scheduling an Appointment With Infusion Services
- We provide treatment for patients who have established care with a Seattle Children’s provider. 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.