Maureen Welker received a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and also obtained a Public Health Nurse Certification. There she served as Vice President of the Graduate Nurses Association, at CSULB and also served as President of the Graduate Nurses Association. Ms. Welker is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner and is currently on staff at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Below are a few helpful suggestions to help you create a pleasant and healing
The first and most important step is to replace "confusion" with
Make a list of questions that pertain to your health condition or
questions about your medication and infusion to review with your healthcare
practitioner. It may be necessary to make an appointment to
review all of your questions.
Learn about the infused medication. There are many places to obtain
information about your medication. Discuss the medication(s) with your
doctor. Pharmaceutical companies often provide information in the offices
and on the Internet for patients and their families. There may also be
medical books written about your medication or health condition.
Visit the Infusion Center and meet the medical staff before your first
Check with your healthcare practitioner or the staff at the infusion center
for any pre-infusion instructions. Some examples may include:
Drink plenty of water to be sure you are well hydrated. If you have a
heart condition, kidney condition or any other health condition that prevents
you from drinking large amounts of fluid, check with your healthcare
practitioner for instructions on how to hydrate before your infusion procedure.
Some infusions may require that you pre-medicate with medications
such as acetaminophen (Tylenol). Check with the infusion staff regarding any
pre-medications you need to take prior to your infusion, the dose, and
the best time to take the medications.
Wear comfortable loose fitting clothes. You will want to be comfortable, and
most likely your vital signs will monitored (for example, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate (breathing rate),
or a cardiac monitor may be attached to your chest). Every infusion center
is different, so check with yours in regard to what to expect.
Wearing loose fitting clothes allows the medical staff to easily and properly
monitor your vital signs.
Consider wearing clothing with layers to allow for temperature
control. The temperature of the infusion center may be cool or warm; also
some intravenous infusions can make you feel either warm or cool. Having
layers of clothing allows you the flexibility to easily control your comfort zone.
Most infusion centers will provide blankets, pillows, water and coffee.
Check to see what the center provides in case they do not offer something
that will make you more comfortable.
Do not wear any fragrance or perfume, other patients may be allergic
Bring a complete list of current medications, allergies, and emergency contact information for the infusion staff to add to your chart.