THE PEDIATRIC INFUSION UNIT AT COMMUNITY
KIDS ARE WHAT WE DO.
Kids who need infusion services deserve more than just the medicine.
As the only center 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. We also have another essential skill — how to talk to kids. We are specifically trained to care for children of all ages, and we love what we do.
WHO NEEDS INFUSION SERVICES?
We treat children with many different health conditions including immune disorders, genetic disorders, cancer, gastrointestinal problems, blood diseases, rheumatologic disorders, and other health conditions.
At Community Medical Center’s Pediatric Infusion Unit (PIU), we understand that children and adolescents need to feel safe, stress-free and as normal as possible. We are dedicated to making your experience with us as safe and stress-free as possible. Our experienced infusion team will care for you and your child with skill and professionalism. During your stay with us, you’ll receive the same quality of care you would expect from a children’s hospital without leaving Montana.
WHAT WE DO.
We provide pediatric outpatient infusions that require less than 12 hours to complete, in an intensely monitored — yet family friendly — pediatric setting.
Some 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)
- intravenous antibiotics
WHAT CAN YOU AND YOUR CHILD EXPECT?
On the day of your child’s infusion he or she will receive a comprehensive assessment by a pediatric hospitalist and by his or her infusion nurse. Your nurse will administer the infusion and will closely monitor your child throughout the process.
Your child will have a private room with a hospital bed, cardiac monitor, emergency equipment, private bathroom, and flat screen TV. We can provide an iPad with Netflix, Wi-Fi, games, and/or books to make you and your child’s stay fun! We want kids to forget about having the infusion and leave the worrying to us.
Our pediatric hospitalists stay in close communication with your pediatric specialist and primary care physician to coordinate your child’s care both during and after your child’s infusion. An infusion nurse will call after each infusion to check how your child is doing and help with any questions or concerns. You’ll also have 24/7 access to our infusion nurse on-call line at (406) 327-4170.
We know that it takes a village to give your child the best possible care. Our staff consists of pediatric hospitalists, registered nurses who are pediatric biotherapy and chemotherapy providers, pharmacists, case managers, social workers, nutritionists, and outpatient therapists all dedicated to your child’s health and safety.
Our infusion nurses are certified by both the Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nurses and the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board. They are experts at starting IVs, accessing central lines, providing catheter-site care, and drawing blood in kids. Our team is ready to respond to any emergency that might arise during an infusion, such as an allergic reaction to a medication.
We also work with specialists such as rheumatologists, hematologists, oncologists and gastroenterologists in Missoula and the Northwest to provide multidisciplinary care for our pediatric patients.
Our team has decades of experience working with kids of all ages and abilities, including those with developmental delays, anxiety disorders, or other challenging situations.
FROM OUT OF TOWN? NO PROBLEM.
For families that travel from out of town, we have a Ronald McDonald House located right next to our hospital! Here you can have a home-cooked meal, stay in a private family bedroom and enjoy an indoor and outdoor playroom for your child. We can make a referral to the Ronald McDonald House for you and your family if you need to stay here the night before or the night after your child’s infusion.
WHERE ARE WE LOCATED?
The Pediatric Infusion Unit is located on the third floor in Community Medical Center’s main hospital, in the secure pediatric unit.
Community Medical Center
2827 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
P: (406) 327-4170