Infusion Services

Infusion therapy is a therapeutic intravenous procedure that treats IBD. When medications are administered through an IV this is called infusion. IBD infusion is performed when a patient does not respond well to other conventional treatment methods such as oral medications and suppositories.

IBD infusion procedures greatly reduces symptoms, reduces inflammation, heals fistulae, and prevents complications that can lead to surgery and hospitalizations.

We offer several on-site infusion services, including:

  • Biologic therapies (Remicade, Entyvio, Tysabri and other investigational agents)
  • Intravenous iron repletion
  • Fluid repletion
  • Steroids
  • Antibiotics

Infusion sessions take place five days per week. The first session begins at 8 a.m., and the second at 12 p.m. Please arrive on time to minimize your wait and that of the patients scheduled for the afternoon sessions.

To schedule an infusion appointment, call the IBD office at 410-706-3387. You will have an opportunity to schedule future sessions and physician follow-up visits on the same day of your infusion.

Please note that Dr. Cross sees patients on Wednesday and Friday, Dr. Flasar sees patients on Monday and Friday, Dr. Patil sees patients on Tuesday and Friday, Dr. Quezada sees patients on Thursday and Dr. Ghazi sees patients on Tuesday and Thursday.

Insurance Authorization

While the staff makes every effort to assist patients with securing prior insurance authorization(s), it is ultimately the patient's responsibility to provide our office with a copy of current insurance information, referrals, and authorizations. The infusion staff reserves the right to cancel your infusion appointment without this information and reschedule for a later date.

What to Expect

The room accommodates three recliner infusion chairs, with curtain partitions for your privacy. Additional amenities include personal flat screen televisions, portable DVD players and phone headsets. One visitor is allowed per patient. You may bring your own food or beverages.

Upon arrival, you will be provided with an Infusion Assessment form. You must complete the form in order to begin the infusion visit. The nurse or medical assistant will check your vital signs (for example, temperature and weight). You will meet with the nurse practitioner and/or physician in a patient room for a physical examination and discussion of your condition.

Your medication will be ordered from the pharmacy. Medication preparation and delivery takes approximately 30 minutes. While waiting for the medicine to arrive, you will be escorted to the infusion room, where you will receive pre-medications, if needed. An IV will be inserted and blood specimens will be obtained, as needed.

Most infusions take approximately one to two hours to complete. Your vital signs will be monitored every 30 minutes during the infusion. After the infusion is completed, your IV will be removed. Discharge instructions are provided and reviewed with each patient.

For more information about our services or treatment options or to refer a patient to the IBD Program, please call 410-706-3387.

This page was last updated: November 18, 2014

         
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