Gout Infusion Centers

With local infusion centers across the country, Gout patients requiring ongoing biologic infusions or injections relax in privacy and comfort during treatment.

Intentionally designed for Gout patients.

Private Suites

Guaranteed for all patients, with leather recliners and chairs for guests

On Your Schedule

Local centers offer flexible scheduling, including evenings and weekends

Goodbye Waiting

Greeted by name at check-in, patient suites are always ready when you arrive

Sit Back and Relax

In-room streaming options so you can catch up on your favorite shows

Caring for those with Gout.

Simply put, patients with Gout who need ongoing infusion or injection treatment deserve better options for when, where and how they receive care.

Located in the communities where people live and work, IVX Health serves those with complex chronic conditions like Gout by delivering high-quality, personalized care in a private, comfortable setting so patients can continue to live their best lives.

What is Gout? 

Gout is a form of arthritis characterized in the joints by sudden and severe attacks of pain, swelling, redness, and tenderness. 

How is Gout Diagnosed and Treated? 

There are several tools and tests used to diagnose gout such as: 

  • Joint fluid test: use of a needle to draw fluid from an affected joint to test for the presence of urate crystals, which cause gout 
  • Blood tests: used to measure levels of uric acid in the bloodstream 
  • X-ray imaging 
  • Ultrasounds 
  • Dual-energy computerized tomography (DECT): test using X-ray images at multiple angles to visualize urate crystals in joints. 

How Does IV Infusion Therapy for Gout Work? 

IV infusion for gout involves administering medication through an infusion pump that drips the medication into a catheter to a syringe and through a hollow needle into the patient’s bloodstream. Treatments are usually administered every two weeks, with each infusion lasting roughly 2 hours. 

Gout Therapies Administered at IX Health 

The following infusion and injection therapies are administered at IVX Health. 

Gout Management at IVX Health 

Each IVX Health patient receives excellent care from Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) and Registered Nurses (RNs). 

The benefits of receiving infusion treatments for gout at IVX Health include: 

  • Private suites 
  • Comfortable, leather recliners 
  • Enough room and plenty of seating for guests 
  • A friendly clinical staff 
  • Personalized service 
  • High-speed internet 
  • Complimentary beverages and snacks 
  • Flat-screen television sets provide a way for patients to stream their favorite movies and watch the shows they love 
  • Flexible scheduling options (including evening and weekend appointments) 

What to Expect During Treatment of Gout  

Step One 

Using a thin, very small catheter, one of IVX Health’s nurses creates an intravenous line (aka IV line) into the patient’s arm vein. 

Step Two 

After placing the IV line, the nurse connects it to tubing that leads up to the medication. The medication is then dispersed into the patients bloodstream over a specified period of time. 

During treatment, patients are continuously monitored by one of IVX’s nurses. If a patient requires assistance, he or she just needs to press the call button. 

There are times when a patient experiences a reaction to the medication he or she is receiving; therefore, patients need to recognize the symptoms associated with an allergic reaction. 

Signs of a potential allergic reaction include developing a headache, feeling nauseous, difficulty breathing and developing a rash. Patients experiencing these symptoms need to contact their nurse right away. 

How to Get a Referral for Gout IV Infusion Treatment 

Every referral must be accompanied by an order for treatment. 

Patient information should include: 

  • Name 
  • Current address 
  • Home and mobile phone number 
  • Insurance information 

Information the physician must include on the patient’s order for IV therapy to treat gout include: 

  • Patient’s name and DOB 
  • Order date 
  • Diagnosis 
  • Physician’s name and NPI# 
  • Office address, phone, and fax numbers 
  • Provider’s signature 

Supporting clinical documentation from the physician should include: 

  • Perform serum uric acid (sUA) test prior to each infusion 
  • Screen patients at risk for G6PD deficiency prior to starting therapy 
  • Patient had chronic gout and is an adult patient who has failed to normalize serum or has shown an inadequate response to conventional therapy 

Due to the complexity of treatment, prior authorization is often required. Prior authorization is the process of getting approval for treatment from the patient’s healthcare provider before beginning treatment. It’s important to check in with your healthcare provider to see if a prior authorization will be needed for your infusion or injection treatment at IVX Health. 

If you have gout, and you would like to learn more about the IV infusion therapy for gout available at IVX Health centers, contact us today. 

 

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