Wesley's Infusion Center provides intravenous medications, blood, fluids, and other infusion therapies to outpatients.
Located on the first floor of the Critical Care Building, the center has 11 bays separated by curtains. Each bay has a reclining chair or a bed, a television, and a chair for a visitor. Convenient parking is located outside the building. Wesley Friends members can receive free transportation to and from their appointments.
The center is open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to noon. To schedule an appointment, call (316) 962-9040.
- Antibiotics: Some infections do not respond to oral antibiotics and need more aggressive treatment. Conditions that often require intravenous antibiotics include cellulitis (a bacterial infection in the skin and tissues just beneath the skin, such as strep and staph bacteria); sepsis (an infection in the bloodstream); osteomyelitis (bone infection); urinary tract infections; and pneumonia.
- Antibodies: Antibodies play an important role in the immune system's ability to fight disease. Reasons for antibody therapy include immunological deficiencies, some cancers, and organ transplantation.
- Blood: Anemia is inadequate hemoglobin (red blood cells which transport oxygen), and can be caused by bleeding, vitamin or mineral deficiency, and various diseases. Blood transfusions may be needed in addition to treatment of the underlying cause of the anemia.
- Chemotherapy: Intravenous drugs are used to treat various diseases, especially cancer.
- Hydration and electrolyte replacement: Dehydration (excessive water loss) can result from prolonged vomiting, diarrhea, and diseases including diabetes. Loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium) often accompanies dehydration. Replacing water and electrolytes can help restore a proper balance while the underlying cause is being treated.