Infectious Diseases Antibiotic Program
The Infectious Diseases Antibiotic Program (IDAP) delivers intravenous medications in an outpatient setting to physician-referred ambulatory patients of all ages, including children. Most would otherwise be treated in the emergency room or admitted to the hospital.
IDAP specialists treat a variety of conditions, including bacterial, fungal and viral infections, non-healing wounds, dehydration, arthritis, hypogammaglobulinemia, multiple sclerosis, deep venous emboli, hemochromatosis, polycythemia, and hypertension. We use the evidence-based practices of the Infusion Nurses Society, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Greenwich Hospital.
Once-a-day infusions are given in IDAP treatment rooms located on the first floor of the Helmsley Medical Building in the main hospital. Patients who require multiple doses daily wear a portable pump and return each day to IDAP for monitoring. In addition, therapeutic phlebotomies, therapies for multiple sclerosis, and other infusions are given on a scheduled basis in our IDAP office.
The IDAP nurse will secure insurance authorizations, arrange for patient transportation to and from IDAP, educate patients and in-home caregivers, schedule appointments and tests, and be available on-call throughout the night.
IDAP is part of a continuum of care
IDAP treatment can usually begin within two hours of physician notification. Because patients may require other services in addition to IDAP, our staff works closely with a multidisciplinary team that includes experts in the fields of pharmacy, laboratory, respiratory, radiology, cardiology and physical therapy. This way patients can get the appropriate care they need quickly and conveniently.