Infusion Therapy

As one of the only medical centers in Montana with an outpatient unit dedicated exclusively to administering intravenous medication to children, we recognize our responsibility to understand each condition that requires infusion and to deliver the highest quality care.

Our pediatric infusion team consists of pediatric hospitalists, infusion nurses who are certified by both the Association of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Nurses and the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board, pharmacists, case managers, social workers, nutritionists and outpatient therapists. Our pediatric inpatient or pediatric infusion unit (PIU) team works with kids of all ages and abilities, including those with developmental delays, anxiety disorders or other challenging situations. If a young patient needs specialized, multidisciplinary care, we collaborate with rheumatologists, hematologists, oncologists and gastroenterologists in Missoula and in other parts of the Northwest.

Community Children’s PIU treats children with many different health conditions, including immune disorders, genetic disorders, cancer, gastrointestinal problems, blood diseases, rheumatologic disorders and other health conditions. We provide pediatric outpatient infusions, which require less than 12 hours to complete, in a carefully monitored — yet family friendly — pediatric setting. Medications we administer include monoclonal antibody therapy (i.e., Remicade & Rituxan), intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), enzyme replacement therapy, maintenance chemotherapy (i.e., vincristine, vinblastine, Cytoxan), corticosteroid therapy, bisphosphonates (i.e., Aredia) and intravenous antibiotics.