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UW Health Infusion Clinic assists in alleviating COVID-19 symptoms
Story By Meghan Mamlock
Local News Published 04/07/2021 4:58PM, Last Updated 04/07/2021 5:56PM
UW Health Infusion Clinic expanded their services when to provide people that tested positive for COVID-19. A treatment they say could help alleviate some of the symptoms.
Nurse Manager, Jessica Branson, at UW Health Infusion Clinic expanded their care from cancer patients, immunocompromised and other vulnerable patients to include positive COVID-19 patients.
"We were asked to start giving this monoclonal antibody infusion to patients who were COVID-19 positive to reduce the chance of those who are really high risk of being admitted to the hospital," said Branson. "The drug was supposed to reduce their viral load; making it so they didn't get as sick and didn't need to use hospital resources."
The treatment helped reduce the number of COVID-19 inpatients staff needed to treat.
But the Infusion Clinic did need to make adjustments for safety accommodations.
"From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. we were just giving the monoclonal antibody infusions to the COVID-19 patients. We shut down our unit for everybody else. And we would bring them in through a back door to minimize them going throughout the hospital," said Branson.
Nurse Amanda Tadych, was thrilled to see the antibody treatment alleviate some of the effects of COVID-19.
"Family members of our nurses come in and they would say that i couldn't eat because i had no taste or smell and then in a couple days their taste and smell got better," said Tadych."So that really was good feedback for us to know that yes what were actually doing is helping."
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you could be eligible for the monoclonal antibody infusions.
For more information you can contact UW Health COVID-19 antibody hotline at 608-720-3319.