IV Drug Infusion FAQs (cont.)
Maureen Welker, MSN, NPc, CCRN
Maureen Welker received a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and also obtained a Public Health Nurse Certification. There she served as Vice President of the Graduate Nurses Association, at CSULB and also served as President of the Graduate Nurses Association. Ms. Welker is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner and is currently on staff at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- How do I prepare for the infusion?
- What are some things I can do to pass the time while receiving therapy?
- What happens during and after the infusion?
- What are some of the conditions that are treated with an IV drug infusion?
What are some things I can do to pass the time while receiving therapy?
Things to take or do:
- Crossword puzzle or suduko game
- Hand held games - (if they are quiet or have headphones)
- Bring your own music (I-pod or MP3 player)
- A neck pillow - the type used on airplanes
- Pictures of your family or loved ones
- Study for that upcoming test
- Bring your computer and get some work done, watch a movie, or play games.
- Snacks and a drink (if allowed in the infusion room)
- Bring paper and pen - make a list of things you need to do
- Write a letter -a letter of encouragement - of love - of thanks.
- Catch up on paper work
- Plan a party
- Make your shopping list
- Draw or doodle
- Plan a trip
- Take a nap
PLEASE DO NOT TALK ON YOUR CELL PHONE - Place your phone on vibrate mode or turn it off. This is not a time for talking on the phone (unless you have an OK from the infusion staff).
Arrive at the infusion center with a:
- Positive attitude (you are in good hands).
- Personal affirmation - Find one that feels good and energizes you. For example: "I have the perfect medicine...at the perfect time...I am healing."
- Sit back and relax
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