A new type of iron introduced at Pasqua Hospital’s Ambulatory Care Infusion Clinic in Regina is expected to reduce wait times and ensure timely care for patients who need iron infusions.
“Our goal is to treat more patients sooner while ensuring they receive appropriate and high-quality care,” said Sara Cursons, a registered nurse and the clinic co-ordinator.
The clinic began providing iron isomaltoside to patients in September 2019. The drug requires fewer treatments and less time to restore iron levels than previous forms of intravenous iron. Implementation of the treatment follows the Choosing Wisely campaign, a physician-led initiative to reduce unnecessary tests, treatment and procedures.
“With iron isomaltoside, treatment is one to two hours delivered over one or two treatments,” said Dr. Ryan Lett, the physician lead for the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s (SHA’s) Patient Blood Management Program. “The total amount of time for a patient, depending on what they need for iron sucrose, is 10 to 20 hours over five to 10 weeks.”
This means eight to 10 patients will have their iron levels restored in the same amount of time one does now.
The clinic is the first SHA facility to offer the treatment.
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