IV Antibiotics Explained: When Are They Needed?

IV Antibiotics Explained: When Are They Needed?

Align Infusion Clinic provides medically supervised outpatient intravenous (IV) therapy for residents living in and around the community of Metairie, Louisiana.

Our infusion specialists have the clinical expertise required for delivering safe and effective IV treatments in a state-of-the-art facility that’s geared toward your care and comfort.

We’re happy to provide information about IV antibiotic therapy, including why your physician may have recommended it and what you can expect during a treatment.  

Understanding the basics of IV antibiotic therapy

Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. They work by killing the “invading” bacteria and/or stopping them from multiplying so your body’s natural defenses have time to eliminate the bacteria. Your doctor may also prescribe a course of antibiotics to help prevent an infection.

These powerful drugs are usually given by mouth. Some infections, however, are better treated with IV antibiotics, which are delivered directly into the bloodstream and bypass the digestive system. This means they reach the infected tissue faster in higher concentrations than is possible with oral medications.

IV antibiotic therapy may be initiated during a hospital stay or prescribed as part of a routine care plan for certain diseases. Depending on the nature of your infection, you may require IV antibiotic therapy for days, weeks, or months.  

Thus, for your convenience, IV antibiotics are often delivered in an outpatient setting.  

Why would I need outpatient IV antibiotics?

Various illnesses may require outpatient IV antibiotic therapy, including: 

Certain pre-existing conditions such as cystic fibrosis also place you at higher risk of developing a bacterial infection that requires IV antibiotic therapy. 

What can I expect during IV antibiotic treatments? 

Our Align Infusion team includes pharmacists and an infectious disease specialist who oversee your treatment course, which is initiated per directions from your healthcare provider.

Other than a minor pinch when the IV is placed, infusion therapy is generally painless. Depending on your circumstances, you may have a previously implanted central line or venous catheter in place for IV access.

These medical devices are placed during a minor surgical procedure, typically by a vascular surgeon, and can be used for blood draws and treatments such as dialysis, chemotherapy, and long-term IV antibiotic therapy.

Treatment times can vary, depending on the type of antibiotic you receive and the rate of infusion. Many of our patients use the time to relax and de-stress by listening to music, catching up on their reading, or taking a nap.  

Schedule a visit at Align Infusion Clinic today for more information about IV antibiotic treatment or any of the services we offer.

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