How to Prepare for Your InfusionSpecialty Infusion Blog July 2, 2020
Whether you get infusions every 2 weeks or 6 months, we have a few suggestions to help your treatment go as smoothly as possible.
Before Your Infusion
Be sure to drink plenty of water the day before and the morning of your infusion. According to Hemaware Magazine, “When the body is properly hydrated, veins become more dilated.” Staying hydrated will help your nurse or nurse practitioner nail that IV insertion on the first try.
What You Can Wear
There are a few attire guidelines we recommend:
- Wear comfortable clothes, since your infusion can take between thirty minutes to six hours.
- Dress in a short sleeve shirt—or a shirt with sleeves that are easy to roll up—to make IV placement easier.
- Dress in layers in case you get hot or cold.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we are no longer able to provide blankets and pillows during treatments. We suggest that you bring your own for maximum comfort.
How to Pass the Time During Your Treatment
Infusions can take a significant amount of time, so we recommend to bring entertainment. Some patients bring books to read, while others watch Netflix on their phones. At Specialty Infusion Centers, we have iPads and flat screens TVs for Netflix.
And while we have snacks and drinks on-site at Specialty Infusion Centers, you may also bring your own food or beverage.
Remember, Specialty Infusion Centers speaks with your insurance company before your appointment to get prior authorization. This way, you can relax during your infusion and feel confident that Specialty Infusion Centers has you covered.
With these recommendations in mind, you can always count on Specialty Infusion Centers for a pleasant and safe experience.