Infusion Services

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What is infusion therapy?

Infusion chairs_web 200When a chronic autoimmune condition is so severe that it cannot be effectively treated by oral medications, your doctor may prescribe infusion therapy. This means that a drug is administered intravenously.

CDLH provides infusion therapy to treat patients with autoimmune disorders, such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

What drug therapies do you prescribe?

Currently, therapeutic drugs we offer include:

CIMZIA® – a lyophilized biologic injection for treatment of moderate to severe Crohn’s disease

ENTYVIO® – a new biologic treatment for adults with moderate to severe Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis who have had inadequate responses to conventional therapies for their symptoms

INJECTAFER®– an iron supplement that helps replenish adult and pediatric patients with an iron deficiency

REMICADE® – a biologic for treatment of moderate to severe Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis in both adults and pediatric patients

STELARA® – a new biologic for treatment of moderate to severe Crohn’s disease

VENOFER® – an iron supplement that helps replenish adult and pediatric patients with an iron deficiency

For more on various biologic therapies, visit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

What should I expect before an infusion appointment?

As with any appointment, be sure to bring your photo ID, insurance cards, and any requested paperwork. At check-in, you will fill out a pre-infusion questionnaire and consent form before you are brought back to the infusion room. Your weight and vitals will be taken, and the nurse will give a brief overview of the therapy drug and answer any additional questions you may. While sitting in a recliner chair, you will receive an IV where the drug will be administered. A nurse will be in the room for the duration of your infusion treatment.  

Depending on the drug you are receiving, your appointment may be anywhere from 30 minutes to 2.5 hours, so be sure to take note of this during the scheduling process. We encourage all patients to dress comfortably and bring either a book or an electronic device with headphones to help pass the time. Guest WiFi is available. Snacks and water are also available at our center; however, you are also welcomed to bring your own if you prefer.

Where are infusion services offered?

We currently offer infusion therapy services at our main Savannah location. Our comfortable four-chair infusion room is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

If you have been referred for infusion services, our staff will keep you informed about your visit and answer any questions you may have.