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Combining Infusion and Oncology

  • 1.  Combining Infusion and Oncology

    Posted 07-29-2019 07:38
    I’m interested in finding out if it’s common to combine Infusion patients (Rheumatology, Infectious Disease, etc.) and Oncology patients. Currently, we only treat Oncology patients but we are growing into other areas in the state and are looking at combing the two. How common is this?

  • 2.  RE: Combining Infusion and Oncology

    Posted 07-30-2019 02:30
    So at my ladt two infusion centers we combined chemo/infusions we had a staggered shift 8-430 and 12-830 chemos needed to be completed by 5 when onc doctors left and infusion all day thru eve the nurses usually had a mix of chemo/non chemo patients

    Teresa V. Gonzalez RN, BSN, OCN
    Huntington Beach, CA

  • 3.  RE: Combining Infusion and Oncology

    Posted 07-30-2019 09:12

    We currently are treating both chemo patients and also Remicade infusion patients. Due to insurance reimbursement we have split our area and treat all non-cancer diagnosis patients on our ambulatory infusion clinic side. We are a hospital based outpatient cancer center.


    Sue Alrick RN OCN






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  • 4.  RE: Combining Infusion and Oncology

    Posted 07-30-2019 10:23
    Hi Chantel,
    In our institute, nine of the 10 outpatient centers are "oncology/infusion".

    Kimberly Willford BSN RN
    PCI Education Coordinator
    ProMedica Cancer Institute
    Northwest Ohio, Southeast Michigan

    Education CoordinatorPromedica Cancer Institute

  • 5.  RE: Combining Infusion and Oncology

    Posted 07-30-2019 21:14
    We do all infusions at our center. Oncology, rheumatology, GI, infectious disease, blood transfusions, iron products, neurology, etc. There isn't really anything we don't do!

    Kate Huot RN BSN
    Sanford Health System
    Leonard MN

  • 6.  RE: Combining Infusion and Oncology

    Posted 08-05-2019 07:44
    Thanks for the information. It looks like we will be making the transition to combining the two in the near future. I will most likely reach out for more information on how to go about doing this safely.

  • 7.  RE: Combining Infusion and Oncology

    Posted 08-04-2019 19:12
    I work at a small community hospital and we combine infusion and oncology with the exception of infectious disease. We only have one patient bathroom and are unable to isolate ID patients appropriately. We have an outpatient infusion room that is located on Med/Surg for antibiotic infusions.  Infusion/Oncology nurses staff this room. We schedule these patients in the afternoon so that the nurse who goes to that room does not return to oncology area for staffing after she is done. It is a challenge with staffing but is our safest option for our neutropenic patients.

    Jennifer Scott RN
    Georgetown KY