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INFUSION SOLUTIONS NOW MANAGING INTRATHECAL PUMPS

Intrathecal pump

When a competing home infusion company abruptly stopped servicing intrathecal pump patients in our service territory, Infusion Solutions stepped up to provide this care. We completed the training and are now ready to lend a hand to those that can benefit. 

If you or anyone you know has such a pump, please reach out to us for assistance with managing the refills in the comfort of your own home.  Our nurses will come to your home and complete a patient assessment.  They can then access, interrogate, refill, and/or reprogram the pump according to physician orders.

If you are unaware of intracthecal pumps and would like to learn more, please read on.  We are happy to be able to provide this service to this group of patients!

INFO ON INTRATHECAL PUMPS

The fluid filled space around your spinal cord is called the intrathecal space. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flows through this area, bathing and protecting your brain and spinal cord. An intrathecal drug pump works much more efficiently than oral medication because it delivers medicine directly into the CSF, bypassing the path that oral medication takes through your body. You generally need about 1/300 the amount of medication with a pump than when taken orally.

The pump is a round metal device about the size of a hockey puck that is surgically implanted beneath the skin of your abdomen. A small plastic tube, called a catheter, is surgically placed in the intrathecal space of the spine and is connected to the pump. A space inside the pump called the reservoir holds the medication. Some of the commom medications utilized are morphine, ziconitide, and baclofen.

In general, these pumps are used to better control either pain or muscle spasticity. Patients with cancer, failed back surgeries, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy (among other conditions) may benefit from these intrathecal pumps. They can experience a great improvement in their quality of life, and be better able to function in their daily activities.

Now serving…Patient 1000!

Yesterday, Infusion Solutions reached a remarkable milestone for our business. At about 2:30 PM, we started patient number 1000!

That represents a big milestone for our company. When we started in April of 2010, our patient census was zero. No patients. Nobody. We began the process of building up the business, and through hard work, persistence, and over-the-top patient care, we eventually established ourselves as the go-to agency for infusion care in our service area. Of course, we are thankful and grateful to all of our referral partners who trust us to take care of their patients–without them, we would still be at zero. So a big THANK YOU to all that have had a hand in our success!

Here in the office we have had a little wager going as to when we would hit this milestone. Suffice it to say, none of us expected to be here so soon. But at the same time, we all feel like there is more to do, and greater milestones to come. We will continue to provide exceptional service to patients and referral sources alike to ensure that we continue to improve and grow.

Cheers, and here’s to the next 1000!

Should I get a flu shot?

As summer comes to an end, the days get shorter, the temperatures drop, and leaves fall from the trees. This change in the weather ushers in another season—flu season. And each year, a vaccine is available for those who choose to get it. So, should you get a flu shot?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the answer is yes. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get an annual influenza vaccine. It is especially important for young children, pregnant women, and older adults to get the vaccination, as these populations are at greater risk of influenza complications.

This year, the vaccine will contain antibodies against H1N1 (swine flu) and the two strains of influenza that are most likely to be in circulation. Influenza viruses rapidly evolve over time; thus new vaccines are created every year to combat the newest strains.

If you get the flu shot, you are not guaranteed to avoid this season’s flu virus. The CDC estimates that in years past, getting the flu vaccine decreased your chances of coming down with the flu by 60-70%. Combined with good hygiene and a healthy lifestyle, that is the best chance you have to avoid a potentially miserable case of the flu this season.

Infusion Solutions advocates prevention. Flu shots are available now, so please consult your physician to see if getting vaccinated is right for you.