Procedures

Infusion Therapy

The doctors of Gastroenterology of Southern Indiana must often perform routine procedures for the evaluation and treatment of many digestive tract problems. For detailed information regarding a specific procedure, simply click on the procedure listed below. The information about the following procedures is meant as a reference only and should not be used as diagnostic treatment.

 

Infusion Therapy

Infusion Therapy Center

 

Gastroenterology of Southern Indiana now offers compassionate, personalized care to patients needing infusion services.  An Infusion Therapy Center (ITC) is a specialized area designed to make patients comfortable during their infusion or IV therapy.  Our experienced infusion nurses use the latest treatment regimens and techniques to deliver antibiotics or other drugs, electrolytes, or nutritional solutions into the bloodstream or tissue.

 

With our goal of making on-site treatment as comfortable as possible, we take extra care with each step to create a positive experience, including providing:

 

  • Four state-of-the-art, semi-private infusion bays with comfortable recliner chairs
  • WiFi access
  • Individual flat screen television in every bay
  • Snacks and beverages made available during your time with us
  • Individualized care that ensures patients and caregivers understand what to expect and feel they can get all questions answered
  • Prompt appointment scheduling
  • Comfortable seating for family members and friends
Infusion Therapy

 

Reasons For
Infusion Therapy

 

There are many medications that can be infused. Please check with us to determine if our infusion center is right for you. Some of those infusibles are:

 

  • Hydration Therapy
  • IV Antibiotics

Remicade®


Remicade® can reduce symptoms, induce and maintain remission, promote intestinal healing and more in adult and children (ages 6-17) with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis who haven’t responded well to other therapies. It can also relieve symptoms, help stop further joint damage and improve physical function in patients with rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis, and is used for patients with active ankylosing spondylitis and chronic severe plaque psoriasis.


Solu-Medrol


Solu-Medrol (Methylprednisolone) is used to treat conditions such as arthritis, blood disorders, severe allergic reactions, certain cancers, eye conditions, skin/kidney/intestinal/lung diseases, and immune system disorders. A corticosteroid hormone, it decreases your immune system’s response to various diseases to reduce symptoms such as swelling, pain, and allergic-type reactions. Methylprednisolone is a corticosteroid hormone.


Injectafer®


Your body needs iron to make enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body. Injectafer® is indicated for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in adult patients who have intolerance to oral iron, have had unsatisfactory response to oral iron, or have non-dialysis dependent chronic kidney disease.


Cimzia


Cimzia is for adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, active psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and Crohn’s disease. It blocks the action of tumor necrosis factor (TNF), a protein produced by the immune system that causes inflammation.


Entyvio


Entyvio is used to treat adult patients with severely active ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease when some other treatments have not worked well enough or can’t be tolerated. It can reduce or eliminate the need for corticosteroids, help achieve and maintain remission and reduce some symptoms.

 

If the service you need is not listed here, please call us. We are happy to assist in any way we are able.

 

Location & Hours to Schedule an Appointment

 

GSI's new Infusion Therapy Center is located in our new facility at 2630 Grantline Road, New Albany Indiana and is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  Appointments are required and can easily be scheduled by calling 812-206-7002 and speaking with Sammye.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Where Do I Report for Treatment?

Gastroenterology of Southern Indiana is located on Grantline Road just up the street from Walmart. Please report to the front desk when you arrive. After you check in, we will ask you to have a seat in the waiting area. (We make every attempt to be on time with your appointment. If you find that you have been waiting for longer than 30 minutes, please check back with a staff member at the front desk.)

What Needs to Happen Before My Treatment Begins?

A technician will escort you back to our Infusion Therapy Center and get you settled in one of our recliner chairs, then your vital signs will be checked. An IV will be placed, or your mediport will be accessed. Your nurse will check your doctor's orders and make sure your lab results are adequate for treatment.

Once everything is in place, your treatment will begin and you may receive premedications to prevent side effects such as nausea. The premedications may be given as pills or IV.

How Long Does the Infusion Therapy Take?

Remicade infusions can take 3-5 hours. Other infusibles vary by medication and patient. Some regimens may contain multiple medications.

Can I Bring a Family Member or Friend?

You may bring one guest with you into the ITC. For the safety of our patients, visitors who are ill or who have cold symptoms should not accompany patients into the ITC.

Am I Allowed to Eat During Therapy?

We ask that you try to eat a light meal prior to your treatment. Light snacks and beverages are provided for patients.


What Should I Bring with Me?

Each Infusion Therapy Bay is equipped with a recliner chair for the patient, an upright chair for a guest, a small table and a television. Cell phones are permitted, as are music players as long as you have headphones. Wireless Internet access is available. Blankets and pillows are provided, or you may bring your own. For your comfort, we recommend dressing in layers. Many patients bring books, knitting, drawing, etc. to help pass the time. Restrooms for patients are located in the Infusion Therapy Center. We ask that all guests use the restrooms located in the waiting area.

What If I Need Assistance During My Therapy?

Your nurse will be present and monitor your vitals throughout your infusion. In the unlikely event you experience any adverse reactions, a physician is always available. Your Infusion Therapy Center nurse is a great resource for questions or concerns about your treatment, nutrition, activity, what to expect, or any other concerns you may have about your care.

 

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