First Choice Infusion Centers are located in Kendall, Pembroke Pines, and Boca Raton, Florida. Our infusion centers treat conditions such as demyelinating diseases, migraines, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP), rheumatic conditions and more.
What are Infusion Centers?
An Infusion Center is where infusion or injectable medications are administered intravenously by a healthcare provider as a distinct part of their medical practice. Larger offices may have multiple Infusion Center locations to better accommodate their patients in different parts of town.
An Infusion Center will have a secluded room where medications are prepared and administered. Infusion Centers are more commonly found in the specialties of Oncology, Hematology, Infectious Disease, Gastroenterology, Rheumatology and others where there are multiple infusible medications for diagnosis in their fields of specialty. Some medical practices are equipped to provide infusions however many physicians find that it’s more efficient and comforting to rely on an infusion center.
Receiving infusion therapy in the hospital will typically take longer than the same infusion in an office-based Infusion Center. As a result, many patients find it difficult to get their infusions in the hospital and value the accessibility and affordability of their local office-based Infusion Center. Hospitals typically charge much higher fees for their services even if they are offering the same or lower level of care for infusion patients.
The National Infusion Center Association believes that the Office-Based Infusion Center is currently the most cost-effective site of care for patients needing infusion therapy. They have a more controlled environment and are often more patient-friendly due to their focus on infusion medication administration.
First Choice Neurology is a member of the National Infusion Center Association (NICA). NICA provides high-value resources to educate and care for patients, as well as tools to facilitate the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective care.
At First Choice Infusion Centers, our suites are designed with the patient in mind. The suites are calming with reclining seats and music to relax the patient during infusion therapy.
Elizabeth Brinegar, Director of Ancillary Services at First Choice Neurology talks about Coronavirus (COVID-19) safety procedures in our infusion centers.
What is Infusion Therapy?
Infusion therapy or infusion refers to medications delivered intravenously or an IV administration to the patient. Sometimes infusion medications are referred to as injectables or intramuscular and subcutaneous injections. Infusion, intravenous or injectable methods of drug delivery are typically used when oral or pill medications are insufficient or unavailable. Many of the newest medications are Biologic (made or derived from living cells) and cannot be taken orally because they will not remain effective after exposure to the digestive system.
Many infusion medications are prepared at the time of treatment by a medical professional. If the medication is intravenous, it will likely be prepared and added to a bag of IV fluids which is then administered intravenously through an IV catheter placed by the registered nurse.
Medical Conditions for Infusion Therapy
Some medical conditions for infusion therapy may include:
Demyelinating Diseases: Migraines: Dehydration:
Lemtrada, Ocrevus, Tysabri, Rituxam
Magnesium Sulfate, DHE, Depakote, Torardol
CIDP, Guillain Barre, Myasthenia Gravis: Inflammatory Exacerbations: Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease:
IVIG Therapy such as Gamunex, Soliris
Entyvio Infusion Therapy
CIDP, Guillain Barre, Myasthenia Gravis:
Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease:
Rheumatic Conditions: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Plaque Psoriasis:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis:
Why are Infusion Centers important?
According to the National Infusion Center Association, Office-based Infusion Centers are critical parts of our healthcare system:
1. They are generally more accessible geographically than hospital sites of care.
2. They are more affordable and efficient than hospitals and many other alternative sites of care.
3. They have a more controlled environment and are often more patient-friendly due to their focus on infusion medication administration.
Accessibility - Hospitals commonly have long wait-times and a confusing navigation process that is not patient-friendly. Hospitals are typically located in major metropolitan areas and are not widely dispersed and accessible for rural and suburban communities of patients. Receiving an infusion in the hospital will typically take longer than the same infusion in an office-based Infusion Center. As a result, many patients find it difficult to get their infusions in the hospital and value the accessibility of their local office-based Infusion Center.
Affordability - Receiving IV medication in a hospital is typically and exponentially more expensive than receiving the same medication in an office-based Infusion Center. Hospitals and many other institutional environments have the ability to charge much higher fees for their services even if they are offering the same or lower level of care for infusion patients.
Safety and Patient Experience - Hospitals are big places with lots of staff moving from room to room and patient to patient. Many infusion patients are diagnosed with autoimmune disorders that commonly make them more susceptible to infections than the general population. We believe that the office-based Infusion Center is a more controlled environment that does not expose patients to the kinds of infectious diseases that are present in hospitals and larger facility-based locations.
At a hospital, a patient may have a different nurse for each infusion treatment. Alternatively, office-based Infusion Centers commonly have a smaller more focused staff. Patients have reported developing deep relationships with the staff at their Infusion Centers and more compassionate patient experience as a result.
First Choice Neurology has 3 Infusion Centers that are a member of the National Infusion Center Association. Our office-based infusion centers are located in Kendall, Pembroke Pines, and Boca Raton, Florida.
First Choice Infusion Centers
First Choice Pines Infusion
700 N. Hiatus Road, Suite 203
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
First Choice Kendall Infusion
9090 SW 87th Court, Suite 201
Miami, FL 33176
First Choice Boca Raton Infusion
9970 Central Park Boulevard, Suite 207
Boca Raton, FL 33428
If you or a loved one is in need of infusion therapy, contact First Choice Infusion to make an appointment today. We have three centers for your convenience located in Pembroke Pines, Miami, and Boca Raton, Florida.