• Infusion vs. IV

    Asked by alivenwell on Monday, February 11, 2013

    Infusion vs. IV

    Is there a difference?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Intravenous (IV) is the method of delivery (i.e. through the vein). Infusion is the substance being introduce through the vein (e.g. chemo drugs, saline, blood, etc.).

      about 7 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      They are the same thing - an infusion is given through an IV line that is put inserted into a vein in your arm. Or you can get a port, which I highly recommend. Port insertion is an outpatient procedure that takes about 4 hours soup to nuts. The port is on chest and has a tube that runs through a major vein. It doesn't hurt.

      The reason I recommend it is because veins become fragile if you get infusions 2-3 times a month, and insertion cam become very painful, sometimes it takes several times to find a working vein. Another plus is you have both hand free. I didn't realize how limiting having only one free arm could be.

      about 7 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      If, however, they put a port in, ask them to site it where it won't be rubbed by a bra strap, if possible. Some male surgeons don't think of this.

      about 7 years ago

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