Our Infusion Center is located in our medical office in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and allows the utilization of infusible biologics and medications to provide our patients with more integrated delivery of care. Having an in-office infusion center gives our Providers the ability to deliver this service to our patients in a familiar and supportive setting, allowing our Providers to direct the administration of the treatment rather than referring patients to the hospital or other outside services.
Another benefit of an onsite infusion center is increased patient adherence with medications and therapy. In addition, there is greater opportunity for patient interaction and education, which can strengthen the doctor–patient relationship.
A licensed registered nurse administers the infusible drugs.
Treatment for many conditions relies on medications administered by IV infusion therapy.
Cumberland Valley Rheumatology. P.C.
Rheumatology Infusion Center offers infusion therapy for patients with uncontrolled arthritis who can receive intravenous medications to prevent damage to bones and joints. The infusion center is a pleasant and comfortable setting, which may help to ease the fears of those anticipating a new form of treatment.
Infusion center patients are cared for by a staff that is specially trained and experienced in all aspects of IV infusion, including routine and emergency procedures.
A board-certified Rheumatologist, who has several years of experience in conducting infusion therapy and clinical research studies, is always on the premises with our clinical nurse practitioner, I.V. Infusion Nurse and medical assistants.
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The Cumberland Valley Rheumatology, P.C. Infusion Center is open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday - Friday by appointment and offers access to the latest treatment therapies including:
- Reclast (for osteoporosis)
- Prolia (for osteoporosis)
- Orencia (for rheumatoid arthritis)
- Remicade (for rheumatoid arthritis)
- Rituxan (for rheumatoid arthritis)
- Actemra (for rheumatoid arthritis)
- Benlysta (for lupus)
Our Infusion Center is located in medical offices in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
Comprehensive and Coordinated Rheumatologic Care
Cumberland Valley rheumatologists have access to a complete range of services required for the proper treatment of rheumatologic conditions. Our doctors work with patients to manage risk factors, and identify lifestyle changes that will help ensure patients' long-term health.
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Cumberland Valley rheumatologists assess and treat conditions such as:
- Lyme Disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
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How do I prepare for the infusion?
Here are a few helpful suggestions to help you create a pleasant and healing experience.
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- The first and most important step is to replace confusion with confidence.
- Make a list of questions that pertain to your health condition or questions about your medication and infusion to review with your healthcare practitioner. It may be necessary to make an appointment to review all of your questions.
- Learn about the infused medication. There are many places to obtain information about your medication. Discuss the medication(s) with your doctor. Pharmaceutical companies often provide information in the offices and on the Internet for patients and their families. There may also be medical books written about your medication or health condition.
- Visit the Infusion Center and meet the medical staff before your first infusion.
- Check with your healthcare practitioner or the staff at the infusion center for any pre-infusion instructions. Some examples may include:
- Drink plenty of water to be sure you are well hydrated. If you have a heart condition, kidney condition or any other health condition that prevents you from drinking large amounts of fluid, check with your healthcare practitioner for instructions on how to hydrate before your infusion procedure.
- Some infusions may require that you pre-medicate with medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol). Check with the infusion staff regarding any pre-medications you need to take prior to your infusion, the dose, and the best time to take the medications.
- Wear comfortable loose fitting clothes. You will want to be comfortable, and most likely your vital signs will monitored (for example, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate (breathing rate), or a cardiac monitor may be attached to your chest). Every infusion center is different, so check with yours in regard to what to expect. Wearing loose fitting clothes allows the medical staff to easily and properly monitor your vital signs.
- Consider wearing clothing with layers to allow for temperature control. The temperature of the infusion center may be cool or warm; also some intravenous infusions can make you feel either warm or cool. Having layers of clothing allows you the flexibility to easily control your comfort zone.
- Most infusion centers will provide blankets, pillows, water and coffee. Check to see what the center provides in case they do not offer something that will make you more comfortable.
- Do not wear any fragrance or perfume, other patients may be allergic.
- Bring a complete list of current medications, allergies, and emergency contact information for the infusion staff to add to your chart.