Infusion (IV) Therapy
At Cape Cod Healthcare, our IV Therapy Infusion Area serves patients who need medication or blood products administered intravenously or by injection.
What to Expect During IV Therapy
Cape Cod Healthcare’s IV team is composed of registered nurses with special education and training in infusion therapy, all of whom are committed to patient safety, quality care and customer service.
Patients are referred by physicians throughout our community. If the physician ordering your treatment is not on staff at Cape Cod Healthcare, you may ask your doctor to fax the following information to us or you may obtain the information and bring it to the IV Infusion Area at your first visit:
- Medical history and results of most recent physical
- Order for medication drug amount and frequency
- Pertinent lab results
Orders must be renewed every 3 months.
Please arrive on time for your appointment. We offer four designated “IV Patient Parking Spaces” in the main parking lot of Cape Cod Hospital as well as complimentary valet parking, which is located by the hospital’s main entrance.
Before your appointment you will:
- Be asked your name and date of birth
- Be given a bracelet with your information to be put on your wrist
- Asked to provide a list of medication you are currently taking
The Infusion Process
To begin, your nurse will insert a needle into a vein in your hand or arm. This is known as an IV and provides access needed to infuse medication or blood. Cookies, crackers, coffee, juice and soda are available for patients. If your treatment takes three or more hours, lunch will be provided.
If you are receiving a blood transfusion, please eat breakfast and take your medications as usual. Each unit of blood takes two hours.
Home Infusion Therapy
The VNA of Cape Cod provides home infusion therapy services, to patients who require medications or solutions to be received through a vein or feeding tube – this may include: antibiotics, chemotherapy, hydration, nutrition/TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition), pain control, central line maintenance, tube feeding and more.
For home infusion services, please contact VNA of Cape Cod at 800-631-3900.
Important Phone Numbers
- Fax information to 508-862-0526.
- To cancel an appointment, call the IV Infusion Area at 508-862-5166.
- To schedule or reschedule an appointment, contact Central Scheduling at 508-957-8600.