What is an Infusion Pharmacy?

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An infusion pharmacy is designed to help people to receive their medical treatment at home, where they feel most comfortable. When armed with the right nurses and medical staff, it will be possible for a patient to receive the same medical care they would have in a traditional inpatient facility.

The infusion pharmacy is designed to ensure that a safe environment is maintained, while ensuring that regular therapy continues to be met. This is done by accessing the home and ensuring that it remains the safest place for patient care, while ensuring that a regular routine is being met.

When hired, the infusion pharmacy staff will typically handle everything from the distribution of medications, to the items that will be needed for therapy. This will include all the required pumps, supplies and other tools essential for wellbeing. Since the providers are trained in each of the different therapy types, they will know what will be needed and ensure that the patient has the best experience possible.

In some cases, this pharmacy will also provide patients with compounding that can help to deliver medications in an alternative method, as written by their physician. The most common method of therapy though is through the bloodstream with an intravenous approach, subcutaneously which is beneath the skin, or in the area of the spinal cord with an epidural.

The therapy that is administered will usually fall into one of several main categories. It will either be antibiotic therapy, chemotherapy, immune globulin, parenteral care, enteral care, pain management or in some cases immune globulin.

It is important to understand that the infusion pharmacy is more than a set of pharmacists providing you with care. Nurses, technicians and other specialists will all be part of the team that will be serving the patient and monitoring their progress as safety and compliance is also ensured during therapy. That ensures you get the same degree of assistance in your home that an inpatient setting would also provide.

Before you select to go this route, you will need to ensure that your insurance plan will cover this type of therapy. While most major insurers will, there may be restrictions in place that you will need to know. Typically, there is a limited range of conditions that will be approved and they include:

  • Infection therapy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cancer            
  • Gastrointestinal diseases         
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Pain management
  • Heart failure   
  • Immune disorders

Of course, your plan may cover additional treatment options. Since you will find that this remains the best approach to treatment, make sure you take the time to find a qualified pharmacy to provide you with all your needs and ensure that you are able to maintain your dignity and comfort by having all your treatments handled in the safety of your own home.

Understanding IV Infusion

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A medical procedure that delivers a substance directly into a vein is known as an IV infusion. With IV therapy, substances like drugs, electrolytes and blood can be delivered. This is all done through a needle and either a central line or a peripheral line may be used.

When a patient needs an IV infusion and a central line is used, it will be targeting specific veins in the body. This allows for sensitive areas to receive fluids that will also allow for faster distribution throughout the body.

Typically, the set of items will include a sterile plastic bag that has an attachment that allows the flow rate to be controlled. It is then connected to sterilized tubing and clamps that allow for flow regulation, with an access devise. Infusion pumps are then used to help better control the rat and determine how quickly it will be infused into the body. In cases where a rapid infusion is required, warmers and cuffs may be used to ensure the faster flow rate.

It is important to understand that with an IV infusion, there are still adverse reactions that may occur, even when proper precautions are taken. The main concern that hospitals face is infection, because of the break in the skin that the needle creates. While the wound may be in one location, the infusion may allow the bacteria to quickly enter the blood stream. This can cause serious health risks. In addition to this, IV fluids can also cause a selection of additional problems.

They include air bubbles, blood clots, extravasation, fluid overloading, infiltration, imbalances, hypothermia and vein inflammation. To reduce the risk of infection, it is vital to ensure sterile supplies are used for each application and that area cleaning is done. In addition to this, parts should be regularly changed out and devices that may carry bacteria are removed at once.

Hypothermia will usually only be a concern when patients are given an infusion of a substance that is below the normal body temperature that can cause a rapid decline in temperature.

With the IV infusion, vein inflammation is perhaps the most common because a foreign substance is being introduced into the body and this can lead to a negative reaction. When the tissue and not the vein are impacted, this is where infiltration and extravasation is found. This can be a critical condition and should be treated at once in an effort to stabilize the patient.

IV infusion can be a great way to introduce fluids, drugs and medications. However, one must use extreme caution when introducing anything into the body. Be sure to regularly check on the patient to ensure that they are experiencing any complications.

Hospital Medical Supplies-Supporting the Quality of Care in any Facility

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Every hospital has the obligation to provide high quality healthcare. That means not only offering outstanding medical care from the physicians, nursing staff and other staff which occupy the hospital, but also making sure that all of the hospital medical supplies are state of the art and up to date.

Location of excellent hospital medical supplies is the province of the hospital administration, which strives to ensure that not only are the supplies high quality, but cost effective to the hospital and the patient. There is a direct correlation between the kind of medical supplies that we use and the quality of the care that we can provide to our patients. There is further a direct correlation between the hospital supplies that we offer and the costs which we are forced to pass along to our clients and patients.

One way to find the right medical supplies is to contact the other healthcare facilities in your community and ask them outright who they are using for medical supplies. Word of mouth is a very positive way to find a good hospital medical supplies provider who will give you quality equipment and fair pricing for the goods that you purchase.

Another way today is to take advantage of the technology that we have at our fingertips and use it to find the best and the most cost effective. Nearly all of the major hospital supply stores will have websites. Reviews of those sites will afford you a good look at what they offer and the kind of pricing that you can expect. You’ll also find contact information where you can reach out to the company and ask the questions which are uppermost in your mind about their services and supplies.

If you’re seeking out a particular type of hospital medical supplies, rather than a broad based supplier, you’ll be able to review what they have available and in many cases to compare pricing on single units as well as in bulk.

Once you’ve found the kind of hospital medical supplies that you believe will be affordable and agreeable to the hospital administration and purposes, there are still some other things to review. Online research can also help you to determine if the company is a reputable one. Checking into references and ensuring that the supplies are high quality, as well as to ensure that the company has a very safe history is imperative. One way to accomplish that is to check with the consumer protection agency in your state to ask about complaints against the company. You should also directly contact the prospective supplier and ask them about other hospitals or health care facilities in the area to which they offer hospital medical supplies.

Due diligence prior to ordering from the company in question will serve you well. The final result will be hospital medical supplies which offer you high quality care as well as cost effective pricing for both your facility and your patients.

 

Dehydration and Intravenous Fluid Replacement Therapy Treatment.

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With summer coming on, one of the most common conditions that will be met by the healthcare provider is a condition that is associated with the heat. It is caused, to some extent, by a lack of sufficient fluid intake. This condition can take place year round and is an end result of not having enough fluid and enough electrolytes in the body. Anyone who takes part in sports, in physical exertion or in regular exercises can at some point come up against dehydration and heat exhaustion. Everyone should know the signs and symptoms of this condition as it can be life threatening.The mildest form of dehydration can cause some symptoms. This includes fatigue, dizziness, weak feelings and thirst. Your condition is allowing your body fluids to dry up because you’re not replenishing them quickly enough.

If the dehydration continues without fluid replenishment, conditions and symptoms will worsen. The next symptoms that you’ll notice will be a very fluttery and weak pulse. You’ll get feelings of dryness in the mouth and around the lips and eyes. Your eyes will begin to appear sunken into your head and your skin will be very pale and very cool. There is no need for urination because your body is trying to keep the fluids inside. Your body will also cease to sweat. The only treatment that can be given at this point is intravenous therapy with water, electrolytes and glycogen.

Great care must be given to ensure that you are given an adequate amount of fluids in as short a time as possible but not to cause hypervolemia or to put the system into shock by administering the intravenous fluids too rapidly. The flow rate and the amount of fluid in your IV treatment will of course be regulated by the IV set.

Your doctor will recommend the fluids and the flow rate and amount of fluid that you need based

upon the seriousness of your condition and the amount of fluid that he or she believes that you need in order to recover from the dehydration. In the past, many people, particularly athletes or those who lived and worked in very hot and arid climates lost their lives to dehydration before intravenous therapy was available and mainstream treatment.

The prevention of dehydration and intravenous therapy to replace the lost fluid is of course the best way to combat this condition. Keeping enough fluids in your body and ensuring proper hydration at all times is imperative. Prevention as they say is worth all the cures in the world, but thankfully, for those who do become dehydrated from poor fluid intake or illness, we have the means via IV therapy to replace fluids and effect a cure for the condition.

Disposable Medical Supplies

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While there are certain supplies in a medical facility that can be sanitized and reused, others will need to be tossed out after a single use. These disposable medical supplies will typically be items that come in contact with bodily fluids that will not withstand the sanitization process.

An example of these disposable medical supplies would be a bandage. Once it has been applied to a wound, it is no longer sanitary and cannot be used on another patient. Because of that, it will need to be tossed in hazardous waste and a new bandage would need to be used for the next patient that you see. Since there is a good chance you go through hundreds of these in a year, it will be important that you have the best deal possible on these items.

This is why selecting a company that offers disposable medical supplies at a reasonable cost will be important. Not only will this help you to reduce the amount of money you are throwing away, but you can also help to reduce the overall cost of patient care at the same time, giving them better service at a lower cost to them.

So what are some of the disposable medical supplies you will find? They will include:

  • Body wash

  • Bone collectors

  • Colorectal cancer tests

  • CPR Aids

  • Gauze

  • PPE (Gloves, Aprons, Face masks)

  • IV kits

  • Plastic patient supplies (pitchers, cups)

  • Sponges

  • Test Strips

  • Specimen cups

There are of course other items that would fall into this category and will vary, depending on the type of medical facility that you are running. Keep in mind that since these are disposable items, you will need to be replacing them frequently. That means you need to know when you are running low on a particular item and ensure that it is ordered before you run out. This is where having a regular inventory check will be important for your facility.

Something to keep in mind when you are dealing with disposable medical supplies is that often they can be purchased in bulk. If there are items that you typically go through regularly like bandages, needles and similar items, it can be cost effective to buy them in a larger quantity to reduce the overall costs you have. Just make sure that items you buy in bulk don’t have a short shelf life, otherwise you end up throwing them away when they have expired.

Disposable supplies will be a necessity of any medical facility. Make sure you take the time to look into the different companies that offer them and do all you can to keep your overall costs low, while keeping your quality of patient care as high as possible.

Why You Should Use Prefilled Flush Syringes At Your Facility

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When your nursing staff uses a convenient entry point for injecting individual medication doses directly into a patient’s IV tubing, you understand the risk of the medication becoming trapped in the luer lock access area. When a patient is relying on your staff to provide the proper amount of medicine, whether it is for fighting infection or dealing with pain, you need to know that they actually get their full dosage, every time. To deal with this problem, medical facilities around the world are turning to pre filled flush syringes.

These prefilled flush syringes comes in two common varieties: filled with a 0.9% Sodium Chloride solution for everyday use, or filled with Heparin to combat the blood clots that frequently occur during bed rest situations. All your nursing staff will need to do is determine which solution is required in this instance, and screw the luer lock into place before injecting the flush through your patient’s IV tubing.

Since your staff does not need to access vials to prepare their own flushes, using prefilled flush syringes saves time and prevents needlestick injuries. Prefilled syringes are individually packaged and easy to store at nursing stations throughout your healthcare facility and convenient for homecare use.

With the addition of the SwabCap, a luer access point disinfection cap, using prefilled flush syringes has never been safer for your company. Simply screw the SwabCap® into place on the luer access to initiate the decontamination process from the included 70% mixture of alcohol. Then unscrew the cap and discard it. Using one of these caps on the prefilled flush syringe and on the luer access location will insure that a clean, sanitary transfer of flush medication happens every time.

Since the prefilled syringe is disposable, you can leave these items in a patient’s room to use at the next medication distribution. If tampering is suspected, simply dispose of the syringe and use a fresh one at any time. Since there are no needles and no direct contact with blood flow, the prefilled flush syringe need not be considered a bio-hazard upon disposal, freeing up your bio-hazard containers for use with actual sharps and other hazardous material.

With a healthy supply of prefilled flush syringes in your medical facility, your nurses will soon become accustomed to carrying these with them. Their regular use will cut down on the amount of sodium chloride and heparin that your facility goes through when preparing flush syringes, and will provide your staff with a safer, more reliable means of flushing IV lines.

IV Kit Usage Allows You To Save Time and Treat More Patients

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How often does one of your employees go to start an IV, only to end up leaving the room to fetch some forgotten item from the nursing station? Nurses who have to start IVs every day can forget the most common of items when they enter a room to treat a patient. From the alcohol prep pad to the transparent dressing, nurses lose precious minutes every day by searching to find these common items.

Having the WOLF-PAK® IV Start Kit in stock at your facility will save your business wasted time. These  IV kits come complete with everything that your nursing staff needs, all in one convenient package that can be opened at the patient’s bedside when it is time to start their IV. Those minutes that your nursessave by not having to double back for a latex-free tourniquet will begin to add up quickly, and productivity in the workplace will soon improve.

Our WOLF-PAK® IV Start Kits come in two varieties to meet your medical facility’s needs. The traditional kit features a pair of latex-free gloves, safe for every patient’s needs while inside your facility or in their homes. You won’t need to worry about patients with latex allergies with this kit. Upon opening, the materials are contained in their own soft tray, turning any workspace into a clean and appropriate area for IV starting.

After using the included latex-free tourniquet to tie off the area, the alcohol prep pad package is designed to be easy to open while wearing gloves. After the catheter is in place, your nursing staff can turn to the tray to locate their gauze sponges, transparent dressing, and transpore tape, enabling them to secure the freshly started IV as quickly as possible for the patient’s comfort. The PVP pad is at hand if necessary, and the dressing change label is right at your nurse’s fingertips for proper documentation of the procedure. The only thing your nurses need to remember with this IV Start Kit is to bring along their IV Catheter and IV Tubing for the job at hand.

Our second style of kit contains the same latex-free gloves and tourniquet, and is served in the same style of soft tray for easy use. However, instead of alcohol and PVP, this kit includes a ChloraPrep Frepp® applicator and insert. For those unfamiliar with ChloraPrep®, it has been proven to prevent the regrowth of bacteria at the application site for 48 hours. This kit finishes off with an Opsite® dressing to secure the IV, transpore tape, and dressing change label.

Between our two kits, your every need for IV Start Kits is taken care of. Providing these kits to your staff will help them to remember all of the necessary items when starting an IV, and make your patients more comfortable by having the catheter secured as quickly as possible. Getting an IV started should never  be uncomfortable and with Wolf Medical Supply IV Start Kits, your nurses and patients will never be left waiting.