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Intravenous Infusion of medications is a common technique of administering chemotherapy or water for hydration directly into a vein using a small flexible catheter (tube). This process allows medication to reach the entire body through the blood stream and bypass the stomach and gastrointestinal tract where some medications would be broken down and be less able to do their job.
Infused medications can also be given directly into a surgically implanted catheter such as a 'Port-a-cath', 'Groshong', 'PIC Line', or Hickman Catheter. Some therapies require the use of a small portable pump to deliver medication through a catheter and then into the blood stream on a continuous basis.