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SUBURBAN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL PERFORMED ONE OF THE FIRST MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY THERAPY CALLED BAMLANIVIMAB IN THE ER.

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  • Written By: Michelle Aliprantis, MBA, Regional Director
SUBURBAN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL PERFORMED ONE OF THE FIRST MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY THERAPY CALLED BAMLANIVIMAB IN THE ER.

SUBURBAN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL PERFORMED ONE OF THE FIRST MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY THERAPY CALLED BAMLANIVIMAB IN THE ER.

East Norriton, PA (November 23,2020) Suburban Community Hospital was one of the first to use the FDA issued investigational monoclonal antibody therapy called Bamlanivimab, allowing it to be used in the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 adult and pediatric patients that are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Bamlanivimab is specifically directed against the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2. It’s designed to block the virus’s attachment to and entry into human cells. 
  • Bamlanivimab is not authorized for COVID patients who are hospitalized or require oxygen therapy.
  • Infusion takes one hour and is followed by an hour of vital sign monitoring.
  • Infusion will occur in the ED to mitigate exposure as these patients are COVID positive.

Suburban Community Hospital was one of the chosen hospitals to be allowed to administer the drug. Hospitalizations due to the coronavirus are rising quickly, both nationwide, and in Pennsylvania. As of Friday, November 20, there were nearly 3,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state, including more than 650 in intensive care units.  According to WHYY, Dr. Levin recently, stated in an interview “The [Health] department will determine which healthcare systems receive allocations based upon county case counts."

Then, the federal government distributed the antibodies to the respective healthcare systems to further help communities struggling with the spread of COVID-19, Suburban Community Hospital was one of the chosen healthcare systems.  

We would like to thank NBC 10 News reporter Deanna Durante for her story on Suburban Community Hospitals emergency use of Bamlanivimab, which is an experimental treatment for patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms. Thanks also extend to our CNO, David Schmidt, Director of the Emergency Department, Latoya Bonk, and CMO, Dr. Mathew Mathew for their critical roles in this case. 

Learn more: https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/coronavirus/newly-approved-experimental-covid-19-drug-already-in-use-at-local-hospital/2609214/?fbclid=IwAR3NAP3eZNNGmXaK__e08RoQ_qA9xXvYnJ6YEyDpz6mo57gc9pmqAAr6rzw

About Suburban Community Hospital: Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 75 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Located in East Norriton, Pennsylvania, the hospital was built in 1944 and originally named Riverview HospitalAs part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology.

Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 46 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County, and Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County.

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