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Home Infusion & Cardiac Care

December 30, 2020 | Paragon Home Infusion
We offer a wide range of treatments and therapies specifically tailored to our cardiac patients' needs in the home setting. Read the full article to learn more.
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Our Home Infusion Therapy (HIT) division has a program specifically tailored to patients with cardiac complications. Our hearts are so important, and we often don’t give it the credit it deserves. Since you started reading this article, your heart has already beaten an average of 26 times, pumping nearly 2 quarts of blood throughout your body, and it never stops. In a single day, the heart will beat about 115,000 times, which pumps 2,000 gallons of blood, creating enough energy to drive a truck for 20 miles.

 

We serve patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) and other cardiac conditions to receive the medical care and support they need in the comfort of their own home. Many patients in this program require a heart transplant, LVAD implantation, palliative care, or hospice care. Our goal is to improve their quality of life by decreasing the frequency of ER visits and hospitalizations due to decompensated heart failure or to provide comfort in end-of-life care situations.

 

Heart failure can be scary and challenging, but we’re here to alleviate the stresses that come with it for you or someone you love. Our dedicated team of nurses and pharmacists are all about finding ways to improve each patient’s life no matter what stage of heart failure. We believe that every patient’s experience and story is unique. There isn’t a cookie-cutter treatment plan or a “one-size-fits-all” answer for any diagnosis. We’re here to help each of our patients find the treatment plan that best fits their needs and their families. Many of our patients can lead full lives doing what they love due to the flexibility of home infusion care.

 

Many of our cardiac patients are treated with inotropes. An inotrope is an agent that alters the force of muscular contractions – for the heart. This means that it can help compensate for or alleviate the energy needed to get blood pumped to the rest of the body properly. Positive inotropes strengthen the force of the heartbeat, and negative inotropes weaken the strength of the pulse. These two types of inotropes can treat a wide variety of heart conditions, including congestive heart failure (CHF).

 

How is an inotropic medication administered?

  • Through an IV that connects to a PICC or Central Line
  • The IV bag of medicine and pump is conveniently held in a fanny pack leaving the patient free from a traditional IV pole
  • The pump runs continuously (24/7) - It is recommended to stay connected to the infusion at all times except during bag changes since disconnecting may increase the risk of a line infection
  • A home health nurse changes the IV bag, tubing, and pump twice weekly while instructing the patient and family to become independent

 

Managing medication, therapy, and IV tubing may seem intimidating at first – but our home health nurses are available every step of the way. By providing specialized one-on-one training, our patients are able to become independent with their medication administration. Our nurses take the time to build custom care plans in order to find a routine that meets the needs of the patient and their physician’s orders. They make regular visits to the home of the patient in order to assess, instruct, and support the patient and their family. Our pharmacies also deliver medicine and supplies directly to the patient’s home each week in order to further simplify the process.

 

What other resources does Paragon offer?

  • Weekly phone calls with a Pharmacy Technician to check how patients are doing and to ensure patients are scheduled to receive all of the medication and supplies they need
  • Ability to call our pharmacy 24/7 regarding any questions or concerns
  • Ongoing support and education from our nursing staff

 

Paragon also provides services in the following:

  • Anti-emetics
  • Antihistamines
  • Anti-infectives
  • Biologics
  • Catheter Maintenance
  • Diuretics
  • Enteral Nutrition
  • Growth Hormone
  • Hemophilia Factors
  • Hydration
  • Immune Globulins (IVIG/SCIG)
  • Inotropic Therapies
  • Iron Therapies (Iron binder)
  • Monoclonal Antibodies
  • Pain Management
  • Steroids
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
  • Transplant Therapies
  • Opioid/Alcohol Dependence
  • Specialty Injectables for a Variety of Diagnoses

 

If you or a loved one are seeking a healthcare company that puts people first, focusing on comfort and specializing in infusion care in the home setting, tell your provider that you want to join the Paragon family. We’ll handle the rest of the referral process and reach out to you directly to follow up.

 

For more information about Paragon Home Infusion, visit our Home Infusion Therapy page.

 

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