KRMC begins monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19 treatment
Kingman, Arizona, December 21, 2020 – Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) has begun using monoclonal antibodies to treat high-risk COVID-19 patients. Monoclonal antibodies are proteins made in a laboratory to mimic the body’s natural immune response. With this treatment, a patient receives an intravenous (IV) infusion of the antibodies. This can enhance the patient’s ability to fight the virus that causes COVID-19.
In November, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for certain monoclonal antibody therapies. This authorization allows the therapy for COVID-positive patients with high risk for disease progression or hospitalization.
Clinical trials suggest that the therapy can reduce COVID-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations; however, the drugs are still considered “investigational” and are not approved for use outside the EUA.
KRMC is currently using the treatment on a limited basis to treat COVID-positive patients with certain risk factors for severe disease. A physician’s order is required.
Sarah Schritter, RN, Manager of Nursing Practice is administering this therapy in a dedicated clinic three days a week.
“We’re very fortunate to be able to offer these medications to our patients,” said Schritter. “Our hope is that in using this therapy for the highest risk patients we can prevent them from needing to be hospitalized.”
For more information, visit https://www.covid19treatmentguidelines.nih.gov/.
About Kingman Regional Medical Center
(KRMC) is a 235-bed multi-campus health care system in Kingman, Arizona that employs over 1,900 employees, 150 volunteers, and 329 physicians/allied health professionals. KRMC is the largest provider of health and wellness services in northwestern Arizona. It is home to an advanced imaging center, cancer center, cardiovascular center, rehabilitation and balance center, wound care center, sleep disorders center, acute rehabilitation specialty hospital, primary and specialty care clinics, hospice home, and beautiful wellness center. KRMC is also a teaching hospital offering residencies in emergency medicine and family medicine and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The hospital received the Arizona Innovation Award for its efforts to proactively enhance healthcare in a rural community. The hospital’s vision is to provide the region’s best clinical care and patient service through an environment that fosters respect for others and pride in performance.