Receiving infusion therapy can be an intimidating experience for many patients. Not only can the idea of needles and injections be daunting, but the process may also seem confusing and overwhelming. However, with the proper knowledge and understanding of the process, it can become more manageable.

In this guide from Suite Life Health & Wellness, a trusted infusion center based in Fall River, MA, and serving patients throughout Southeast MA and nearby Rhode Island, we will walk you through everything you need to know about infusion therapy and how it works, from referral to your first appointment.

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What is Infusion Therapy?


Infusion therapy, also known as IV therapy, is a type of medical treatment that involves administering an IVIG therapy, IV steroid, immune system suppressor, or biological treatments directly into the body through a needle or catheter. This allows for the medication to be absorbed quickly and effectively, making it an ideal treatment option for various conditions such as infections, dehydration, autoimmune diseases, and chronic illnesses.

Here are some chronic conditions that we treat at Suite Life Health & Wellness:

Intravenous therapy is also commonly used to treat patients for chemotherapy, blood transfusions, administering treatment for patients who can't take oral medication, and more. It is a versatile and effective treatment that has been used by infusion centers for decades.

How Infusion Therapy Works

  • Step 1: Referral

    The first step in receiving infusion therapy is a referral from your healthcare provider. Your doctor will determine if you are a suitable candidate for this type of treatment and provide us with the necessary information to proceed with your care. This may include details about your medical history, current medications, and treatment plan.

  • Step 2: Insurance Verification

    Once we receive the referral, our team will verify your insurance coverage for infusion therapy. We understand that navigating insurance can be confusing, and we are here to help make the process as smooth as possible for you.

  • Step 3: Scheduling Your First Appointment

    After verifying your insurance, we will work with you to schedule your first appointment. Our team will coordinate with your doctor's office to ensure all necessary information and medication are available for your first visit.

  • Step 4: Preparing for Your First Appointment

    Before your first infusion therapy appointment, there are a few things you can do to prepare and make the experience more comfortable:

    • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water in the days leading up to your appointment.
    • Wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to your arm for the IV placement.
    • Eat a light meal or snack before your appointment to reduce the risk of nausea during treatment.
    • Bring something to keep yourself entertained, such as a book, tablet, or music player. At Suite Life Health & Wellness, we’ll also have TV and internet access available to you in our community or private room.
  • Step 5: First Appointment

    At your first infusion therapy appointment, you will be greeted by our friendly and experienced staff, who will guide you through the process. They will review your medical history and any allergies or medications you are currently taking.

    Next, a nurse will insert an IV needle into your vein to begin the infusion. You may feel a slight pinch or pressure during this process, but it should not be painful. Once the needle is in place, the medication or fluids will be administered through an IV drip that may or may not require an infusion pump. The duration of your appointment will depend on the prescribed treatment and may range from 30 minutes to a few hours.

  • Step 6: Follow-Up Appointments

    The number of follow-up appointments you need will depend on your treatment plan. Our team will work closely with your doctor to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments.

Suite Life Health & Wellness: Your Trusted Infusion Therapy Provider

Infusion therapies can be a life-changing treatment for many people living with chronic conditions. At Suite Life Health & Wellness, we strive to make the experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible for our patients. From referral to follow-up appointments, our team will work with you and your physician to create an individualized treatment plan that meets your specific needs and improves your quality of life.

If you or a loved one could benefit from infusion therapy, call us at (508) 567-5666 or schedule a consultation at Suite Life Health & Wellness. Don't let chronic conditions hold you back - let us help you live your best life today!

Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I need infusion therapy?

The frequency of your appointments will depend on your specific condition and treatment plan determined by your doctor. Our team will work with you to schedule follow-up appointments as needed.

Is infusion therapy painful?

While there may be some discomfort at the injection site during the IV placement, the actual administration of medication should not be painful. You may feel a warmth or tingling sensation as the medication is administered. Our experienced nurses will work to make you as comfortable as possible during your appointment.