Flowers Hospital treats almost 600 COVID patients with Monoclonal antibodies

This therapy is used to treat patients with COVID-19 symptoms who are at high risk of developing severe and life-threatening illness.
Published: Feb. 9, 2021 at 4:53 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Flowers hospital has treated almost 600 COVID patients with the Monoclonal antibody since the clinic began at the end of November. A synthetic antibody made specifically for treating COVID-19 symptoms.

“We have just tried to meet the demand of the community,” Dawn Cleveland, RN, Senior Director of Professional Outreach, said.

The clinic operates Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

”It has taken multiple departments coming together to make this happen, to pull nurses from other roles who are now wearing two or three hats, but are committed to making this clinic work,” Cleveland said.

The antibodies mimic the immune systems response to the virus.

“We are just hopeful that it will help treat our patients, keep them out of the hospital and decrease deaths from COVID,” Lisa Silcox, pharmacist, Medication Safety Coordinator, said.

Patients must meet certain criteria, the clinic looking for patients with a high risk of developing severe and life-threatening illnesses. It is not used for those who are already hospitalized with the virus and it cannot be used for patients who have had covid symptoms for more than ten days.

“This is just an addition to other measures that are given to the patient, but this is one of the few things other than just treating the symptoms that patients might be having, this is a new therapy that is sought to add to other options that are available,” Silcox said.

The treatment must be prescribed and scheduled by a patient’s primary care physician or an infectious disease physician.

The infusion is a one-time, one-hour treatment. Patients are monitored while receiving the treatment. The entire process takes about three hours from start to finish.

“The patient will come in on an outpatient basis, once their primary care provider has set that up with our pharmacy and they are with us for about two and a half hours for a one-hour infusion and then they discharge home,” Cleveland said.

The antibodies only require refrigerator storage until it is ready to prepare and is used immediately after the medication is prepped.

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