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The benefits of having iron therapy at home

IV iron treatment has traditionally been administered in clinical settings, but there are a number of benefits to having iron therapy at home

Iron deficiency is an issue for many Australians. The World Health Organization estimates that the incidence of iron deficiency anaemia in Australia is a staggering 25 per cent. Iron deficiency can impact energy levels, cognitive function, and overall quality of life.

Iron therapy offers a solution to replenish iron levels and help restore vitality. It must be prescribed by a GP or medical practitioner, and more and more GPs are now prescribing IV iron. However, Australian patients who could benefit from the treatment are missing out.

Interestingly, some of the key reasons given by GPs for patients not getting IV iron (including lack of access to infusion resources, lack of time, and patients simply not getting around to having the infusion) could be addressed by at-home infusions – as carried out by Vitalis nurses.

In fact, there are a number of benefits to having iron therapy at home.

Convenience

One of the primary advantages of home-based IV iron therapy is the convenience it offers. By receiving treatment in the comfort of your own home, you eliminate the need for frequent trips to medical facilities. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with busy schedules, mobility issues, or those who live in remote areas with limited access to healthcare facilities.

Personalised care

Home-based iron therapy allows for a more personalised approach to treatment. This is an area in which Vitalis specialises, with our teams tailoring the treatment plan to meet the specific needs and preferences of each patient. This personalised care empowers patients, while also ensuring that the treatment aligns closely with the patient’s lifestyle and medical requirements.

Enhanced comfort

Receiving iron therapy (or other IV infusion treatments) at home provides patients with a familiar and comfortable environment in which to undergo treatment. This can help alleviate anxiety and stress associated with medical appointments, creating a more relaxed experience overall. Additionally, patients have the freedom to wear comfortable clothing, listen to music, or engage in other activities during their treatment sessions, further enhancing their comfort.

Reduced risk of infection

Home-based iron therapy can help reduce the risk of exposure to infections associated with clinical settings. By avoiding crowded waiting rooms and shared facilities, patients can minimise their risk of contracting illnesses such as colds or flu. This is especially important for individuals with compromised immune systems or underlying health conditions.

Cost-effectiveness

Although the IV infusion procedure in Australia isn’t covered by Medicare (with a typical treatment costing around $200), home-based iron therapy can be more cost-effective than receiving treatment in a hospital or clinic. By eliminating the need for travel and reducing overhead expenses, patients can save both time and money.

Comprehensive support

Home-based iron therapy from Vitalis is accompanied by comprehensive support services to ensure the success of the treatment. This includes regular monitoring by healthcare professionals, access to educational resources and ongoing communication with the patient’s healthcare team. These support services help empower patients to take an active role in their treatment and optimise their health outcomes.

Conclusion

Iron therapy plays a crucial role in managing iron deficiency and improving overall health and well-being. For Australian patients, opting for home-based iron therapy offers a host of benefits, including convenience, personalised care, enhanced comfort, reduced risk of infections, cost-effectiveness, and comprehensive support. By choosing this convenient and comfortable approach to treatment, patients can take control of their health journey and enjoy a better quality of life.

Vitalis provides Iron IV therapy at home, along with a range of other infusion treatments. Our team provides peace of mind and comfort at a time when you are at your most vulnerable. Click here to learn more.

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