Iron Infusion during Pregnancy - Chevron Advanced Medical

Iron Infusion during Pregnancy

Iron deficiency anaemia is a common condition in pregnancy that can have significant adverse effects on the health of the mother and baby. First-line treatment is with oral iron supplementation. Sometimes an iron infusion is required if oral iron therapy has failed, is not tolerated, or if a more rapid response is necessary. Dr Andrew Thant provides a same-day iron infusion consult and procedure at Chevron Advanced Medical. We are located in the heart of Gold Coast on Chevron Island with free 2P street parking. 

For doctors / referrers: 
The iron infusion is administered by Dr Andrew Thant with foetal heart rate monitoring. The patient will be returned back to your care for follow up blood tests and antenatal schedule. The patient must be at least 16 weeks gestation

Your patient can either call 07 5538 8811 or book online with Dr Andrew Thant. Please provide your patient with: (1) a referral letter; and (2) recent blood test results.

The fee for this service is $260, and the Medicare rebate is $76. There is a $20 discount if you bring your own script for Ferinject (resulting in a gap cost of $164). Available Monday to Saturday. 

For patients / self referral: 
For your safety, pregnant patients are not able to self-refer for an iron infusion. Please see your antenatal GP or obstetrician to determine if an iron infusion during pregnancy is right for you.

Gold Coast iron infusion during pregnancy

What to expect during your appointment: 
  1. Dr Andrew Thant likes to run on time and on schedule. If you are a new patient, please arrive 15 minutes in advance to complete a registration form, or send it in via email prior to your appointment.
  2. A medical consult with our doctor will be done prior to your iron infusion. This is to ascertain your medical history, allergies and pregnancy details.
  3. The doctor will insert an IV cannula into a large vein in your arm. 
  4. The iron infusion should take around 15 to 30 minutes. Your vital signs and foetal heart rate will be measured before, during and after the infusion. 
  5. You will be asked to wait for a further 30 minutes after the iron infusion in case of a delayed adverse reaction. Please expect to be in Chevron Island for around 1 hour and 30 minutes. There is free 2P street parking.
  6. The doctor will send correspondence back to your obstetrician or antenatal GP after your iron infusion.

Babies born to a mother with iron deficiency anaemia may be at risk of: 
  • Low birth weight 
  • Premature delivery 
  • Not having enough iron to sustain them through the early rapid stages of growth and brain development

Iron infusion risks during pregnancy: 
  • Anaphylaxis: this is a severe allergic reaction requiring the administration of adrenaline. Anaphylaxis during pregnancy may increase the risk of caesarean delivery.
  • Delayed allergic reaction: this can usually be manged with antihistamines that are safe in pregnancy.
  • Foetal bradycardia: this may require further monitoring with CTG at the hospital.

Iron infusion risks in general: 
  • Headache, nausea, dizziness, muscle aches. This can last for a couple of days.
  • Skin staining at site of needle insertion, which may be permanent. The risk may be reduced by having a trained doctor who performs many iron infusions.

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