Intravenous program launches centralized service in new location, improving efficiency and collaboration

Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Community Intravenous program (CIVP) has consolidated their service at Misericordia Health Centre (MHC). As part of the Healing Our Health System plan, the program relocated and began serving clients on November 28, 2018.

The move better supports CIVP to bring together an inter-professional team of infectious disease physicians, nurses, pharmacists and administrative staff to care for clients in one place.

"For the first time, we're bringing all areas of this service together," said Gina Trinidad, chief health operations officer, Continuing Care and Community with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. "The opportunity for our inter-professional teams to work together in the same space will greatly increase collaboration and efficiency; ultimately providing even better care to our clients, sooner."

The new location also provides on-site diagnostic imaging and lab services that weren't available at their previous sites.

Benefits of the new location include:

"Moving to MHC has enabled the program to move towards a centralized hub model," Trinidad said. "We are actively working with MHC, a provider of specialized ambulatory programs, as it delivers this important Home Care service to the community."

As part of the Home Care program, CIVP helps people who need antibiotics intravenously (by vein) in their home or at an on-site clinic. The program also offers a satellite infusion clinic at ACCESS Transcona.