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Medical Day Care Clinic (MDC) 

The Medical Day Care clinic provides care for patients requiring the following ordered by a physician: 

  • transfusion of blood products 
  • intravenous infusion of medication which needs to be administered in a hospital setting 
  • Paracentesis and Thoracentesis procedures 

 Patients are seen in an outpatient clinic setting.  You do not stay overnight.   
Please bring a current list of your medications and your health card each time you come to the clinic.    
You will go to the South Tower Level 1 Registration area to register then a Medical Daycare team member will come get you 

  • When the medical daycare team or your physician calls make note of how long your treatment will take.  It will vary depending on your specific needs 
  • You may want to pack a lunch or a snack 
  • You may want to something to occupy your time (book, puzzles, knitting :) ) 
  • If you are unable to drive yourself please arrange transportation to and from your to Medical Day Care (MDC).   
    • If a family member or a friend are not available you can organize transporation though Platinum, Wheelchair taxi, Handi-Transit).  If one of these options are used please let the MDC team know. 
  • Remember to bring an up-to-date medication list.  If you need to take medication during the day remember to take that with you to. 
  •  If you require additional assistance (toileting, feeding, etc) please have a caregiver (family/friend/Nursing home staff) join you 

Venofer/Monoferric Treatment - is a prescription infusion medication used to treat iron deficiency anemia (IDA) this is when the iron levels in your blood are low.  Iron is needed in order to build red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout your body.   the treatment can take anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours  
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) - is a product made up of antibodies that can be given intravenously (through a vein).  It is used to reduce the effects of some inflammatory conditions that involve the immune system, also known as autoimmune diseases. It's also used to increase levels of immunoglobulins  
Blood transfusions
 replace blood that is lost through surgery or injury or provide it if your body is not making blood properly. You may need a blood transfusion if you have anemia, sickle cell disease, a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia, or cancer.   Guidelines say that a blood transfusion should generally take a couple of hours, per unit.  Most times you would receive 2 units.   This is to prevent the blood from becoming damaged and unsafe. If you need blood in an emergency, though, you may receive the blood much more quickly than normal 
A paracentesis is a procedure that uses a hollow needle or plastic tube (catheter) to remove fluid from the abdominal cavity. A paracentesis may also be called an abdominal tap.
A paracentesis is done when a person has a swollen abdomen, pain or problems breathing because there is too much fluid in the abdomen (ascites). Normally, there is little or no fluid in the abdomen. Removing the fluid helps relieve these symptoms. The fluid may be examined to help find out what is causing the ascites.  During a paracentisis the physician often prescribes a blood product called albumin so the nurse will start an intravenous (IV) to administer it. 
Thoracentesis is a procedure in which a needle is inserted into the pleural space between the lungs and the chest wall. This procedure is done to remove excess fluid, known as a pleural effusion, from the pleural space to help you breathe easier. 
A thoracentesis is done to diagnose and treat certain lung problems.  Patients often have a chest xray before and after the procedure.  The thoracentisis may be done to: 

  • Collect fluid to look at under a microscope 
  • Remove excess fluid from the pleural cavity (pleural effusion) 
  • Remove air that is trapped in the pleural cavity and causing heart and lung problems (tension pneumothorax) 
Contact Us

Health Sciences North
Ramsey Lake Health Centre
41 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 5J1

Phone: 705-523-7100 x 7011

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.