Oklahoma Arthritis Center offers a variety of intravenous (IV) infusion medications for the treatment of acute and chronic health disorders involving rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, and other autoimmune diseases. We also manage IV therapy treatments for multiple sclerosis, sickle cell disease, thyroid eye disease, iron-deficiency anemia, acute infections, dehydration, and many other conditions. Our trained infusion nurses collaborate with each patient’s provider to improve patient function and quality of life.
Our patients receive infusion therapy in a comfortable setting under the care of compassionate infusion nurses supervised by on-site medical providers. Our infusion centers are equipped with recliners, wireless internet access, and televisions. Patients may want to bring a book, laptop, or other form of entertainment. Outside snacks and drinks are welcome.
Based on the infusion medication therapy selected for the patient, providers may order certain blood tests and/or radiology images. After all testing and imaging is completed, our financial assistance team works closely with each patient and their insurance company to obtain approval for the infusion treatment. Once the treatment is approved, our scheduling team coordinates infusion appointment times that are convenient for our patients.
Please note that hydrating 2-3 days before a scheduled infusion appointment is encouraged to aid with the infusion treatment.
Patients begin their infusion day by completing a one-page health assessment for our infusion nurses to identify current medications and recent health events. Our infusion nurses then take patient vital signs and review overall health condition. Please make the infusion team aware of any recent surgery, scheduled surgery, or infections as this could interfere with that day’s scheduled treatment.
Once all assessments and reviews are completed, the infusion nurse inserts a small IV needle into the hand or arm. Depending on the medication therapy selected for treatment, infusion times will vary from 30 minutes to six hours; however, most medications are administered in two hours or less.
Every patient is closely monitored from start to finish. Most patients feel normal after their infusion and are able to resume their daily activities, while others experience acute fatigue. Therefore, we encourage patients to consider having transportation available to them.
Should you have any questions regarding your infusion therapy, please call 405-844-4978 and ask to speak with an infusion nurse.
Thank you for choosing Oklahoma Arthritis Center for your infusion needs. We look forward to serving for you.