Advanced infusion therapy
The Infusion Center at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital offers a wide array of intravenous (IV) infusion therapy services. This therapy involves the administration of medication through a needle or catheter. It is prescribed when a patient’s condition cannot be treated effectively by oral medication.
Typically, infusion therapy means that a drug is administered through a vein. The term may also refer to when drugs are provided through other non-oral routes, such as injections.
Medications such as antibiotics, antivirals and iron drugs can be delivered by infusion therapy. In some cases, when patients need more fluids, infusion therapy can also be used for hydration.
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Common variable immunodeficiency
- Crohn’s disease
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Ulcerative colitis
- PICC line care and maintenance
The Infusion Center recognizes the unique needs of infusion patients. We understand the desire to have family and friends present during treatments. However, there are times that visitors may be restricted at the discretion of our nursing staff. We will make every effort to be flexible with these guidelines.
- Because of possible infection risk, children under the age of 18 are not allowed in the infusion center.
- Please, no perfume, colognes or fragrances.
- Infusion times are highly specialized and individualized, running from 30 minutes to over six hours.
- Bring a pen/pencil and paper to write down questions and their answers.
- Books, magazines, e-readers, crossword puzzles, word search games or Sudoku are welcome.
- WiFi is available. We respectfully ask that you mute or use earphones with all electronic devices so they don’t disturb other patients.
- Bring along handiwork such as knitting, crochet needlework, etc.
- Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to adjust in case you become overly warm or cool.
- Infusions are usually administered through an arm, so please wear clothing that is easy for the nurse to access your arm.
- You may want to bring a small blanket. The Infusion Center is kept on the cool side to decrease the chance of infection.
- Certain infusions may require that someone drive you home.
- Only documented service animals will be allowed in the infusion area. No pets.
About Prisma Health
Prisma Health is a not-for-profit health company and the largest healthcare system in South Carolina. Our goal is to improve the health of all South Carolinians by enhancing clinical quality, the patient experience and access to affordable care, as well as conducting clinical research and training the next generation of medical professionals.