Understanding Infusion: Antibiotics
Although there has been a lot of information about the over-use of antibiotics to treat illnesses, there are many instances where they are essential for treating and healing diagnoses or viruses. When a patient needs antibiotics administered through an IV rather than a pill or ointment, PHS provides that infusion therapy at home – making treatment seamless and allowing patients’ lives to continue uninterrupted while receiving care. Because when it comes down to it, kids deserve to be kids – infection or not.
There are a number of diagnoses that lead to our patients needing IV antibiotics. In respiratory illnesses such as cystic fibrosis, pneumonia and sinusitis, antibiotics are required for good health. Surgical site infections such as wounds and abscesses can be resolved through antibiotic administration. Other infections such as osteomyelitis and mastoiditis (infections of a bone), and urinary infections are treated with antibiotics, and will require IV administration depending on the severity of the infection. A physician will be able to determine whether the antibiotic should be administered by IV or not.
If you or someone you know is in need of IV antibiotics and want it to work around your schedule, call PHS at 651-642-1825 and ask to speak with an infusion nurse. From infusion assessment and administration to education and lab monitoring, PHS will support you and your child every step of the way. Whether you are switching providers or just coming home from the hospital, we’ll make the transition as seamless as possible- so that your entire family can live healthier and more fulfilling lives at home.
Originally published: March 20, 2015