Home Infusion Therapy
Rather than remain hospitalized, many patients can have their intravenous medications administered safely and conveniently at home.
Home infusion services provide by the Baptist Hospital East Home Health Agency include:
- Use of needleless systems
- High-tech ambulatory infusion pumps (when indicated)
- Intravenous antibiotics and antivirals
- Total parenteral nutrition
- Intravenous diuretics
- Intravenous gamma globulin
- Pain management
- Hydration and electrolyte replacement
- Injections of interferon, neopogen and epogen
- Inotropic therapy (to help the heart pump more efficiently)
- Maintenance and teaching on use of IV access devices
- Initiation of venous access via peripheral, midline or PICC
Healing at home
Specially trained registered nurses administer IV therapy and/or teach the family of patients how to care for themselves at home. The agency is a member of and follows the standards set by the National Intravenous Nurses Society.
Besides administering ordered medications, nurses serve as a vital communication link between the patient, family and physician.
Nurses also instruct the patient and caregivers on managing their medication treatment independently.
If a need arises, nurses are on-call and available 24 hours a day to provide service and/or consultation.
One call does it all
Referral to the Baptist East Home Health Agency may be from the hospital or physician office. One call is all that's needed to initiate service:
(502) 454-5656 or 1-800-248-0289.
Baptist East Home Health Agency can help determine if a patient's private insurance covers home infusion services. If there is a problem, the agency works with the patient's physician to arrange alternatives for care. Medicare covers the cost of all nursing visits, and some pain, heart and chemotherapy medications. Medicaid covers the cost of all medications.
Baptist East Home Health Agency provides services in the Kentucky counties of Jefferson, Oldham, Henry, Trimble, Bullitt, Spencer and Shelby. The agency admits and treats all patients without regard to age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or handicap.
The agency is state licensed and certified by Medicare and Medicaid, plus is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. It is also a member of the Intravenous Nurses Society.
Other services available from Baptist East Home Health Agency include skilled nursing, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, pediatric rehabilitation, mental health services, enterostomal therapy, medical social services, pastoral care, home health aides and The Heart Care program.