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What Is Asthma?
Asthma causes inflammation of the airways, which leads to excess mucus production and airway narrowing. Asthma symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest, and long-lasting symptoms resembling a cold.
What Is Considered Severe Asthma?
There are three types of severe asthma: eosinophilic asthma (EA), allergic asthma and non-eosinophilic asthma.
A patient who has severe asthma is someone using oral corticosteroids, the highest dose possible of inhaled corticosteroids and a second controller, but still has asthma symptoms.
How is Asthma Diagnosed and Treated?
To ensure an accurate diagnosis, individuals should seek treatment from an experienced allergist or pulmonologist. Tests include:
- A Spirometry Test, where patients breathe forcefully into a tube that measures how quickly and the amount of air the patient exhales.
- The Exhaled Nitric Oxide Test involves patients breathing into a tube to measure the amount of nitric oxide gas they have in their breath.
Asthma medications work by interrupting the production of the cells and antibodies that are responsible for the onset of the symptoms associated with severe asthma.
How Does Severe Asthma Infusion and Injection Therapy Work?
Allergens cause the immune system to make immunoglobulin E (IgE), which is an antibody that attaches to particular cells, causing them to release chemicals that trigger an individual’s allergic reaction. By inhibiting the IgE’s ability to attach to these cells, the chemical release is prevented and so is the body’s reaction. Patients who receive injections and infusions for severe asthma may experience a reduction in symptoms and may even go into remission.
Many people with severe asthma choose to receive treatment at our free-standing infusion centers due to our amenities and flexible appointment scheduling.
Severe Asthma Therapies Administered at IVX Health
Severe Asthma Management at IVX Health
At IVX Health, exceptional care and comfort are key.
To ensure patients remain comfortable throughout their visit, IVX Health provides:
- Private suites that have comfortable recliners and additional chairs for guests
- Large screen televisions and high-speed internet
- Convenient scheduling options
- Friendly and caring clinical staff who are dedicated to providing each patient with personalized service
- Complimentary snacks and beverages
What to Expect During Severe Asthma Injection and Infusion Treatments
At IVX Health, severe asthma treatment is administered via an injection or an IV infusion.
Asthma Infusion Therapy
Upon arrival at IVX Health center, a friendly staff member takes the patient to his or her private suite and treatment takes approximately 30 minutes.
One of IVX Health’s medical professionals sanitizes the IV insertion site and then a needle, attached to a catheter, is carefully inserted into the targeted vein. The medical professional then connects the catheter to the line leading up to the medication bottle or bag. During the infusion, the patient is monitored continuously to ensure any negative reaction is handled promptly.
If a patient experiences any signs indicating a negative or allergic reaction, it is crucial that the patient immediately inform one of the nurses at IVX Health.
Subcutaneous Injection Treatment for Severe Asthma
Potential injection sites for a subcutaneous shot include the upper arm, abdomen or thigh. Injection location must be rotated with each visit. Subcutaneous injections for severe asthma may be in a pre-filled pen or in a vial.
If the medication is in a vial, the injector sanitizes the top of the vial. Then, using a sterile needle and syringe, the injector withdraws the medication from the vial. The medical professional sanitizes the injection site and then inserts the needle. The medication is injected slowly, the needle is withdrawn, and sterile gauze is placed over the injection site.
If the medication is in a pre-filled pen, the injector will sanitize the injection site and slowly inject the medication from the pre-filled pen. Once the needle is withdrawn a sterile gauze will be placed over the injection site.
If a negative reaction occurs after your injection while still at IVX Health, please inform one of the medical professionals on staff. Patients experiencing a negative reaction after leaving the center need to seek emergency medical attention.
For observation purposes, patients may remain at IVX Health for a short time after their infusion or injection.
How to Get a Referral for Severe Asthma Treatment
All the referrals for injection or IV infusion therapy to treat severe asthma require an order, patient information, and supporting clinical documentation. This information must be sent from a patient’s referring physician to IVX Health.
Every severe asthma referral must be accompanied by a physician’s order for treatment.
Patient information should include:
- Current address
- Home and mobile phone number
- Insurance information
Information the physician must include on the patient’s order for severe asthma biologic therapy:
- Patient’s name and DOB
- Order date
- Physician’s name and NPI#
- Office address, phone and fax numbers
- Provider’s signature
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