If you have a chronic condition or are recovering from certain medical conditions, you may need to receive medications or nutrients in a form other than taking medications or supplements by mouth. Infusion therapy delivers medications, fluids or nutrients directly into the body, through an intravenous catheter.
Johns Hopkins Care at Home makes infusion therapy more convenient with services that allow you to receive treatment in one of our infusion suites or in the comfort of your home. Our team focuses on providing attentive care that ensures a safe and effective experience.
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Johns Hopkins Care at Home is committed to the safety and well-being of our patients. A team comprising pharmacists, nurses and customer service specialists are available 24/7 to answer questions and assist you with your infusion. Our team works closely with your provider to watch for any signs of concern during your care.
We treat a wide range of conditions with comprehensive services and treatments, including:
- Anti-infective therapies: Antibiotics, antivirals and antifungals, as infusions can treat severe infectious diseases due to bacteria, viruses and other causes.
- Anti-inflammatory and steroid therapies: These infusions treat a wide variety of chronic inflammatory conditions, such as HIV, lupus, psoriasis, myasthenia gravis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Cancer treatments: People may need infusions of chemotherapy or immunotherapy for certain cancers. Colony-stimulating factor is a treatment to boost blood cell production in people who have had chemotherapy.
- Cardiovascular therapies: Some infused medications can manage heart disease, heart failure and high blood pressure.
- Pain medications: Infused medications can help manage severe, chronic pain that results from a health condition, injury or treatment, such as surgery.
- Post-transplant therapies: People who have received organ transplants need to take special medications, often by infusion, to prevent organ rejection.
- Treatments for bleeding disorders: Blood-clotting factor is one treatment that helps manage disorders that affect blood production and clotting.
- Enteral and parenteral nutrition: Certain conditions, such as some cancers or digestive disorders, make eating difficult. With enteral nutrition, you receive nutrients through a feeding tube. Total parenteral nutrition supplies nutrition through a catheter into a vein.
- Fluid and electrolyte replacement: Some conditions or medications can cause dehydration and loss of electrolytes (essential minerals). Infusions of fluid with electrolytes can replace these substances more quickly than taking them by mouth.
Why Choose Johns Hopkins Care at Home Infusion Services?
Infusion services can help you stay independent and avoid the need for a stay in the hospital or skilled nursing facility. With infusion therapy at home or in an infusion suite, you can return to the activities you enjoy. With our infusion services, you can expect:
Experts in infusion therapy
Our infusion teams include pharmacists and nurses with specialty training in infusion medications and delivery. Our pharmacists have expertise in specific diseases and medications. Our nurses have advanced training in infusion therapy to administer IV medications and manage vascular access with catheters and ports. They’re also trained and certified in home infusion for oncology. Some team members are on the board and committees of national organizations, such as the National Home Infusion Association. You are in expert hands with our infusion specialists.
Convenient access to care
You may receive your infusions at home or at one of our three infusion suites across Baltimore. We provide home infusion services throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., southern Pennsylvania and northern Virginia. Whether at home or in an infusion suite, you receive the same superb care from our highly trained nurses.
As part of your care team, our infusion specialists share the same, secure, electronic health record (EHR) with your Johns Hopkins Medicine providers for seamless care. Our nurses and pharmacists communicate regularly with your providers to adjust your treatment plan as you progress.
Advanced vascular access services
We’re one of the first home health teams in the country to offer a mobile team of nurses with additional training and certification in vascular access. These nurses use specialized technology to place central lines that are ready for immediate use. With our mobile vascular access team, you can have central catheters placed or replaced at home or in an infusion suite.
Dedication to quality and safety
Our pharmacy has received accreditation from the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC). This designation shows our dedication to the highest national standards for safety and quality pharmacy services. Our infusion team has received accreditation from the Joint Commission, an organization whose recognition shows that our dedication to patient care meets or exceeds national standards for safety and quality.
Most often, you begin your infusion therapy after receiving treatment at a hospital. If you need ongoing treatment when you go home, your doctor may recommend infusion therapy. Here is what to expect from our home infusion services:
- Discharge planning: Our infusion and home care experts work with your care team in the hospital to plan your transition home. We tailor your plan based on your medications, the dosing schedule and other factors. Our financial coordinators help you with the details of health insurance coverage, prior authorizations and other details.
- Your first visit: One of our nurses calls you to help you prepare for your home visit. We send your medication to you, and arrange a nursing visit. The first visit is longer than others —usually two or more hours (Please note: this varies, as you may also receive a virtual visit between your hospital discharge and home visit.)
- Receiving your medication: Your nurse will teach you and/or a caregiver how to deliver the medication. The goal is to make you as independent in your care as possible. Delivering the medication is not difficult, and the team will be with you through every step.
- Training to help keep you safe: Your nurse helps you understand your medication and the basics of infusion therapy. The nurse also educates you about proper medication storage, including how to keep medicine away from children and pets. The nurse reviews possible medication side effects with you and what to do if you experience any.
- Weekly visits and regular contact: You receive your medication every week, and, depending on your needs, your nurse visits at least once a week. During your visits, your nurse does a health evaluation and other assessments, as needed.
Your Visit to Our Infusion Suite: What to Expect
If you receive your infusions at one of our infusion suites, the planning is much the same. Here is what you can expect during your visits:
- Arrival: When you arrive at an infusion suite, one of our nurses or front desk staff will greet you and check you in.
- Your appointment: You can expect to be with us for two to eight hours, depending on your medication and length of the observation period afterward. During your visit, we provide heated infusion chairs, snacks and beverages and a soothing atmosphere for your treatment.
To find out more about our infusion services at home or in our suites:
Our team has gathered a wide variety of information for more details about home infusion services.
For virtual appointments, you may be asked to use Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Find the appropriate PDF below for instructions:
Instructional Documents and Videos
Performing Home Infusions with an Elastomeric (Eclipse) Device Short Form
Performing Home Infusions with an Elastomeric (Eclipse) Device Long Form
Performing Chemotherapy Take Down C-Series Short Form
Performing Chemotherapy Take Down C-Series Long Form
Bedside Mix — Vabomere Eclipse Ball Pre-Infusion Preparations Short Form
Bedside Mix — Vabomere Eclipse Ball Pre-Infusion Preparations Long Form
Bedside Mix — Eclipse Ball Pre-Infusion Preparations Short Form
Bedside Mix – Eclipse Ball Pre-Infusion Preparations Long Form
Performing Home Infusions with an Electronic Pump Device Short Form
Performing Home Infusions with an Electronic Pump Device Long Form
Electronic Pump Blincyto Bag Change Short Form
Electronic Pump Blincyto Bag Change Long Form
Performing Chemotherapy Take Down Electronic Pump Short Form
Performing Chemotherapy Take Down Electronic Pump Long Form
Electronic Pump Inotrope Bag Change Short Form
Electronic Pump Inotrope Bag Change Long Form
Titrate Up and Go – How to Discontinue Your IVIG Infusion Short Form
Titrate Up and Go – How to Discontinue Your IVIG Infusion Long Form
Changing the Medication Bag of Your Patient Controlled Analgesic Short Form
Changing the Medication Bag of Your Patient Controlled Analgesic Long Form
Administration of Total Parenteral Nutrition by an Electronic Pump Short Form
Administration of Total Parenteral Nutrition by an Electronic Pump Long Form
- Performing Home Administration of Enteral Feeding via Gravity Short Form
- Performing Home Administration of Enteral Feeding via Gravity Long Form
- Performing Home Administration of Enteral Feeding via a Pump Short Form
- Performing Home Administration of Enteral Feeding via a Pump Long Form
- Caring for your G/J Tube Short Form
- Caring for your G/J Tube Long Form
- Performing Home Administration of Enteral Feeding via Bolus Short Form
- Performing Home Administration of Enteral Feeding via Bolus Long Form
How To Disconnect Chemo at Home - Dosi-Fuser
The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center walks you step-by-step on how to properly disconnect your dosi-fuser at home after chemotherapy treatment.
How To Disconnect Chemo at Home - Pump
The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center walks you thru how to properly disconnect your chemotherapy pump at home.