Infusion and Injection Therapies

The Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center Infusion Suite is an ambulatory outpatient unit providing infusion services to Neurology patients at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Our staff members are experienced registered nurses, highly trained in infusion and IV therapies, and sensitized to the unique challenges of their patients. Throughout the treatment period the staff provides individualized care to make each visit as comfortable as possible.

In this comfortable, small unit semi-private treatment areas give patients the choice to have some privacy or to take advantage of opportunities to connect socially with others receiving treatment. Each individual treatment area has a comfortable recliner chair, a table, and an LCD television with ‘Direct’ TV service. Warm blankets, snacks and other amenities are available. We encourage our patients to relax in whatever way makes them most comfortable.

Some patients bring their laptops and work while getting treatment. Patients who want extra privacy may ask to reserve our one private room within the suite.

Physicians can download an IVIg Requisition Form (PDF) here.

Overview

Immune globulin is a protein or “antibody” found in human blood. Intravenous immune globulin (IVIg) is the intravenous administration of antibodies which have been separated and purified from healthy blood.

Therapies available at the Infusion Suite include:

  • First dose injections
  • Continuous injection therapy
  • Infusion therapy services (IVIg)

First Dose Injections

Patients receiving injections for the first time are closely monitored for possible side effects. The staff also provides education and instruction to patients who want to learn how to do their own injections at home.

Continuous Injection Therapy

Patients receiving continuous injection therapy are routinely monitored. The nursing staff is always available in the suite to provide specialized care.

Reasons

A neurologist may prescribe IVIg to increase globulin levels (antibodies) to boost your immune system. Increasing these immune globulin concentrations slows the progression of inflammation responsible for various neuromuscular disorders.

Risks

Patients receiving injections for the first time may have side effects such as an allergic reaction. Nurses in the Infusion Suite monitor patients closely during their first injection.

During Treatment

A Nurse will check your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature and continue to monitor these vital signs throughout your infusion.

An intravenous catheter (IV) will be started at each visit. Depending on your prescribed dose, the rate of infusion will be calculated according to your weight.

In this comfortable, small unit semi-private treatment areas give patients the choice to have some privacy or to take advantage of opportunities to connect socially with others receiving treatment. Each individual treatment area has a comfortable recliner chair, a table, and an LCD television with “Direct TV” service. Warm blankets, snacks and other amenities are available. We encourage our patients to relax in whatever way makes them most comfortable.

Some patients bring their laptops and work while getting treatment.