Parkview Montpelier Hospital’s Dilworth Center for outpatient infusion is staffed from 7 a.m.–11:30 p.m. daily, and offers the following services:
- Intravenous infusions for hydration and the administration of medications and blood products: People may require intravenous infusion therapy for various reasons. Intravenous infusions for hydration are used to replenish fluids and electrolytes that may be lost due to vomiting, diarrhea or excessive sweating. Sometimes, an infusion may be used to deliver medications or nutrients that cannot be taken by mouth. Other times, an infusion may be necessary because a patient’s body cannot absorb nutrients from food or supplements. Intravenous infusions for hydration are usually given over the course of 30 to 60 minutes. Medications given intravenously (through a vein) can be delivered more directly to the body’s cells and tissues, which may make them more effective than medications taken by mouth. Intravenous administration of medications may also be necessary when a patient’s body cannot absorb the medication from the gastrointestinal tract. Blood transfusions may also be given intravenously to replenish red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets. Whatever the reason for infusion therapy, Parkview’s infusion team at the Dilworth Center is here to provide expert care and support, working with each patient’s primary care provider, specialists and other healthcare team members to develop an individualized care plan.
- Injections: In some cases, medications can be given by injection instead of infusion. Intramuscular injections are given into the muscle, and subcutaneous injections are given under the skin. Injections may be given as a one-time dose or on a regular basis. Our infusion nurses will work with the patient to develop an injection schedule that is convenient and easy to follow.
- Care and maintenance of intravenous access devices: An intravenous access device is a thin, plastic tube that is inserted into a vein to allow for the administration of fluids, medications or blood products. IVs are usually placed in the arm, but can also be placed in the leg, hand or foot. Our staff is skilled in the placement, care and maintenance many different types of intravenous access devices including PICC lines, midlines, extended dwell catheters and peripheral IVs. Our team will assist with education and training on care and maintenance of devices.
- Wound care: Our staff is skilled in managing wounds, offering a number of services to meet the needs of our patients. A team of specially-trained nurses provides wound care services such as wound dressing changes or compression therapy, you can count on Parkview’s nursing staff for expert care.
For more information about Parkview’s Dilworth Center and its services, call 419-485-6485, extension 2400.