IBD treatment at Children’s Mercy
The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Clinic provides comprehensive health care for children and adolescents with IBD, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, in a family-centered environment. Our team understands that IBD includes physical, emotional, behavioral, financial and social needs for our patients and families.
We take a team approach to assess and treat children and adolescents with IBD. This means that your child's care and treatment will be provided by a team that includes a gastroenterologist, nurse practitioner, psychologist, social worker, nutritionist, and researchers who are working together to best meet your family's needs. Clinical care includes access to the ImproveCareNow Collaborative, a partnership between more than 30 pediatric gastroenterology centers working together to improve the care and outcomes for kids with IBD.
Children’s Mercy Outpatient Infusion Center offers infusion services and lab draws for children who are on various biologic and immunosuppressive therapies.
- We have two metro locations at Adele Hall and at Children’s Mercy Kansas.
- The infusion centers are equipped with private patient bays that include a recliner, TV, DVD player, video game system and a single chair for a parent or guest.
- Room service (food and beverage) is also available for your child upon request.
- Vaccinations like yearly influenza, Hepatitis B boosters, and Pneumococcal 15/23 can be given while your child receives their infusion.
- We offer rapid infliximab (quicker infusion that lasts 1 to 1.5 hours rather than 2.5 to 3 hours) for those patients who are eligible.
- All our outpatient infusion nurses are P.E.A.R.S (Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization) certified.
- Your child will receive the highest quality of care by receiving infusions at a pediatric hospital with direct access to oxygen, emergency services if needed, as well as your pediatric gastroenterologist and your IBD care team.
- Our Comfort Promise policy is implemented with every infusion. The Comfort Promise uses 4 evidence-based strategies to reduce or eliminate pain caused by needle sticks and to help prevent long-term negative psychological effects of trauma during infusions. Child Life Specialists can also support your child during infusions to help with anxiety and pain management.
Young Adult IBD Clinic (YAC)
Young Adult IBD Clinic helps IBD patients ages 17 or older become more engaged with their day-to-day health management. This helps them be successful when it is time for them to transfer into adult care.
YAC can help with things like finding an adult GI provider, taking medications as directed, taking greater responsibility for your health care needs and becoming more independent with daily health management.
Please note that a visit to this clinic will count as a regular follow up since you’ll be seen by the IBD Nurse Practitioner, who collaborates closely with your primary GI doctor. You will otherwise continue to be seen by your GI doctor. If you report acute needs or if treatment changes need to be made, your primary GI doctor will be notified.
Children’s Mercy Specialty Pharmacy
Our dedicated specialty pharmacy team is excited to work with you, your provider and your insurance company to provide smooth communication and make sure that all your pharmacy needs are met. They deliver unique, high-cost medicines to patients through the mail, ensure optimal cost savings, and tailor the entire experience to meet your needs. You will have one-on-one direct contact with our pharmacists and after-hours emergency access to clinically trained personnel as well.
Our services can help you in several areas, including:
- Training, education, and counseling about your medications.
- Broad medication review.
- Copay, patient assistance and other financial assistance programs.
- Free medication delivery.
- Refill reminders.
- 24/7 access to clinically trained personnel
- Sharps container provided upon request.