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Baton Rouge General Specialty Infusion Center for Treatment of COVID-19 Opening Tomorrow

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  • Written By: Baton Rouge General

BATON ROUGE, La. – Last week, Baton Rouge General (BRG) announced it will open a Specialty Infusion Center to administer monoclonal antibodies to COVID-19 patients who fit the criteria. Located in the Center for Health on BRG’s Bluebonnet campus, the center’s 15 infusion bays will allow for up to 80 infusions per day. Staffing will be provided with help from the Louisiana Department of Health.

The Infusion Center opening was delayed due to Hurricane Ida and will now open tomorrow, September 2.

A physician referral is required to receive the monoclonal antibody treatment. To be eligible, you must have tested positive for COVID-19, have had symptoms for 10 days or less, and one of the following:

  • 65 years old or older
  • Have a BMI of more than 25 kg/m2, or if age 12-17, have BMI above the 85th percentile for their age and gender based on CDC growth charts
  • Currently Pregnant
  • Have a medical condition, including:
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Cardiovascular disease (including congenital heart disease, hypertension)
    • Diabetes
    • Down syndrome
    • Dementia
    • Liver disease
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Immunosuppressive disease or immunosuppressive treatment
  • Current or former smoker
  • History of stroke or cerebrovascular disease
  • Current or history of substance abuse
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders or other conditions that confer medical complexity
  • Have a medical-related technological dependence (e.g., tracheostomy, gastrostomy)

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community hospital with over 600 licensed beds between three campuses. Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General is affiliated with several medical school programs, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter @BRGeneral and Instagram @batonrougegeneral.