For a variety of reasons, some patients require outpatient infusion therapy (also called intravenous or IV therapy) for short- or long-term treatment. Our infusion clinics provide complete infusion therapy services to meet all of your needs.
Infusion therapy involves introducing a fluid (other than blood) into a vein to provide medication or other treatment that cannot be taken by mouth. Infusion therapy is provided to treat illness or counteract the side effects of treatment.
Infusion therapy may be provided for patients who need:
- Medication for chronic illnesses such as Crohn’s disease, asthma and diabetes
- Pain management
- IV hydration therapy
- Blood products such as platelets, red cells or plasma
- Low-dose chemotherapy
- IV antibiotics for an infection
- Post-transplant intravenous medications
- Immunomodulators (drugs that stimulate the immune system)
- Biological response modifiers (substances made by living cells that stimulate the body’s response to infection and disease; used for rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions)
- IV antiemetics for nausea and vomiting
- IV immune globulin to boost the body’s natural defense system against infection
- Monoclonal antibodies to suppress the immune system or to kill/inhibit cancer cells
- Therapeutic phlebotomy, which involves withdrawing a prescribed amount of blood to improve the symptoms of a blood disorder
Depending on the type of therapy required, you may need to visit an infusion clinic for a single treatment or for continuous treatments over many weeks, months or years. We offer you the convenience of receiving all of your infusion services at one clinic, with multiple locations near you in Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls, New Berlin, Oak Creek and West Bend.
Some of the programs that refer to the infusion clinics include:
- Cardiovascular Clinic
- GI Clinic
- Infectious Disease Clinic
- Endocrine Clinic
- Dermatology Clinic
- Internal Medicine Clinic
- Nephrology Clinic
- Neurology Clinic
- Neuro-Oncology Clinic
- Pulmonary Clinic
- Rheumatology Clinic
- Radiation/Oncology Clinic
Infusion services are provided by experienced nurse clinicians who specialize in intravenous treatments and vascular access nursing. These nurses are highly skilled in providing infusion therapy and monitoring patients during their treatment.
Staff members are committed to creating the best care experience for you. In addition to facilitating IV treatments, they teach you how to care for yourself during therapy so you can be an active participant in your health care.
To create comprehensive care, the infusion clinic teams also provide:
- Assessment and evaluations of your health status for referring physicians
- Educational and instructional materials
- Procurement of blood samples for lab testing
- Updates to primary care physicians
- Ongoing reviews of services with primary physicians to promote the best treatment outcomes
- Documentation of infusion therapy processes
- Central line catheter care and troubleshooting
- Placement of peripheral inserted central catheter (PICC) lines
To schedule an appointment in the Outpatient Infusion Clinic at Community Memorial Hospital or St. Joseph’s Hospital, please call Medical Scheduling Services at 414-777-1900.
A physician’s order is required for infusion therapy services.