Vet gets advanced COVID treatment

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Vet and nurse after treatment with bamlanivimad

Milwaukee VA Medical Center nurse Vanessa Jenrich and veteran Patrick Glenzer give the thumbs up after Glenzer became the first hospital veteran to receive advanced bamlanivimad treatment for COVID-19.

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By David Walter

Monday, December 21, 2020

A local veteran has become the first to receive advanced treatment for COVID-19 at Milwaukee VA Medical Center.

On Friday, December 18, Patrick Glenzer received bamlanivimad, a monoclonal antibody therapy approved last month for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19.

“Hopefully this will prevent his virus from evolving further,” said registered nurse Vanessa Jenrich, who helped administer the treatment in an isolated, specially equipped room near the ZIPH clinic.

Glenzer is not a patient in the hospital, so the treatment was given on an outpatient basis.

The FDA has said that bamlanivimad is not intended for hospitalized patients or patients receiving oxygen treatment for COVID; instead, it’s for those who could end up in a hospital if they didn’t get the treatment.

Specifically, it is for those “who are at high risk of progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization, or who have certain chronic medical conditions,” according to the FDA’s website. There are also age and weight requirements.

While the procedure takes about an hour, administered through an IV, Glenzer was in the clinic for about two hours, while Jenrich and Dan Prodoehl, acting assistant program manager for ZIHP, kept a close eye on him until he was cleared to return home. to go.

“He was nervous because he knew he was the first veteran,” Jenrich said.

“I was a little nervous. I didn’t know what to expect,” Glenzer said shortly before he was released. “So far it’s going pretty well.”

The Milwaukee VA only has six doses of bamlanivimad and veterans should be recommended for treatment by their primary care physician.

Nurse Dan Prodoehl watches as Vanessa Jenrich prepares to enter the room

Dan Prodoehl watches as nurse Vanessa Jenrich prepares to enter a room where veteran Patrick Glenzer received advanced treatment for COVID-19 at Milwaukee VA Medical Center. Glenzer was the first hospital veteran to receive bamlanivimad.

It has been administered in other hospitals across the country in recent weeks and initial news reports have been positive, with patients saying they started to feel better after receiving the treatment.

“I feel like this is a monumental milestone for us,” Jenrich said. “I’ve been working in healthcare since 2008 and I can honestly say I’ve never done anything for the first time. It makes me feel good.”

Prodöhl agreed.

“It is exciting. If we can prevent this gentleman from being hospitalized, or if we can enjoy his illness for a few days, that’s a win,” he said.

Prodoehl praised Jenrich for sticking to Glenzer through the procedure and calming his nerves.

Nurse Dan Prodoehl uses a monitor to keep an eye on Veteran Patrick Glenzer and Nurse Vanessa Jenrich during Glenzer’s treatment with bamlanivimad.

“It wasn’t just pushing the start button and walking away. She really connected with him, talked to him and reassured him,” he said.

While Jenrich sat with Glenzer, Prodoehl was out of the room, monitoring his vitals remotely and staying connected through a small monitor that allowed him to talk to Jenrich and Glenzer.

Prodoehl said the monitoring is necessary because of the risk of an adverse reaction, the worst of which could be anaphylaxis.

After his treatment, Glenzer was driven to his car by Jenrich.

“Now he can rest at home and hopefully this medicine will help him,” Prodoehl said.

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