Florence, South Carolina 2021-09-22 07:40:40 –
Horry County, South Carolina (WBTW) – Treatments aimed at keeping high-risk patients with COVID-19 away from hospitals are scarce in the state, including regional hospitals in Speedy and Grand Strand.
Monoclonal antibody therapy is used to help covid-positive patients fight the infection.
Dr. Paul Richardson, Chief Medical Officer at the Conway Medical Center, said:
Dr. Richardson said the CMC is waiting for the shipment of monoclonal antibody therapy, but if it is not received, there may be a shortage of hospitals.
“This is less than we’re used to. It’s a very effective weapon in the fight here,” said Dr. Richardson.
Gayle Resetar of Tidelands Health said their supply was also in short supply.
“We were informed that there would be a shortage in the future. Like vaccines and early drugs that were in limited supply, subsequent processes would allow the government to plan allocations to spread it evenly across the country. It’s about creating, “said Resetar.
MacLeod Health said they are not in short supply and have confirmed that they will use the treatment for certain patients.
“We provided about 100 reservations per day throughout the organization. We reduced some of these appointments so that we could keep them out of stock and continue to offer appointments with limited capacity. “We had to do that,” said Jenna Swindler, Vice President of Care Transformation.
The goal of treatment is to help prevent hospitalization, reduce viral load, and reduce symptoms.
But now hospitals only receive a certain amount of treatment.
“This is a valuable service that the Conway Medical Center has provided to our community for weeks and even months, and to be honest, we’ve done a lot of these and have really good results. I’ve seen it. It’s a shame that the quantity is limited, “says Dr. Richardson.
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