Jonesboro hospitals exceed 800+ antibody infusions in the fight against COVID-19

Jonesboro hospitals exceed 800+ antibody infusions in the fight against COVID-19

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - St. Bernards Medical Center and NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital both are combating coronavirus by offering monoclonal antibody infusions.

Both hospitals have administered 400 or more antibody infusions as of Thursday.

Most of the positive COVID-19 patients who choose this route avoid entering the hospital.

St. Bernards has seen a readmission rate of 0.03 percent. NEA Baptist has seen zero readmitted after their infusion.

NEA Baptist Chief Operating Officer Melanie Edens considers the antibody infusions one of the most exciting treatments since the pandemic began.

“This is critical for the medical community right now because anything we can do to try to keep patients out of the hospital is certainly going to alleviate the stress and anxiety that we see today in our hospital with whether it be bed availability or staffing availability,” she said.

If you are interested in the monoclonal infusion treatment, there are specific criteria you must meet.

Edens said you must contact your hospital within 10 days of beginning to show symptoms. You cannot be hospitalized or use an oxygen tank. There are other requirements that a hospital can go over with you.

To receive more information on NEA Baptist’s infusion treatments, call 870-936-1050.

To receive more information on St. Bernards’s infusion treatments, click here.

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