IBD Infusion Services
The Infusion Services at the Digestive Health Center opened June 2009, under the medical direction of Dr. Raymond Cross.
We offer several infusion services which include:
- Infusion of biologic therapies (Remicade, Tysabri and other investigational agents)
- Intravenous iron repletion
- Fluid repletion
There are three infusion sessions per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 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.
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.
What to Expect
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 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. (See Remicade Discharge Instructions).
Future appointments are scheduled at the front desk, or you may call the IBD office at 410-706-3387 to schedule an infusion appointment with our medical secretaries. You will have an opportunity to schedule physician follow-up visits on the same day of your infusion. Please note that Dr. Cross sees patients on Wednesday and Friday and Dr. Ghazi sees patients on Thursdays.
While the staff makes every effort to assist patients with securing prior 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.
We look forward to making your infusion visit a pleasant one. We ask for any feedback you might have to help us improve our services.
For more information, please call the IBD office at 410-706-3387.