HOLLAND, Mich. — Home health nurses with the Holland Hospital are now able to administer the COVID vaccine and antibody treatments to homebound patients.
Holland Hospital’s Home Health Service Team cares for nearly 300 patients with a wide range of health concerns so this is a great opportunity for them.
They were the third health care facility in the state to be able to offer patients at-home administrations of an antibody treatment called Bamlanivimab, a medicine used to treat COVID-19 patients who are at high risk of developing severe symptoms. The nurses are also now able to give at-home COVID vaccines to their current patients and spouses.
“Holland Hospital Home Health Services was able to work very closely with our pharmacy and other departments within the hospital to be able to offer the monoclonal antibody therapy within the home,” says Carrie Vanoss, Clinical Manager for Holland Hospitals Home Health Services. "That process took a while to develop but we were able to train about 20 nurses to safely be able to administer that into individuals at home that has been able to reduce the number of hospitalizations. And again, the object is always keeping people in their home and keeping them safe."