Patient care in the Division of Clinical Immunology can be divided among a number of locations, depending on the medical problem present and the needs of the patient. As noted in the Introduction section, the Service provides therapies for a number of diseases in which an abnormal immune system is involved. These include allergies to environmental substances, foods, and drugs, asthma, chronic urticaria, and allergic skin conditions. The Division also provides care for a substantial number of both adult and pediatric patients who are suspected as having or have already been found to have congenital immunodeficiency diseases. Patients are seen and evaluated in the Annenberg Clinics and in the medical office setting at 5 East 98th Street, where the Division has consolidated a number of types of clinical care on the 10th floor. In this location, the physicians have space for consultation, examination, pulmonary function testing, blood examination, and for intravenous therapies.
In the past year the Division of Clinical Immunology has opened a large and modern Infusion Suite in which intravenous immunoglobulin and other intravenous or parenteral therapies can be given to a number of patients in a pleasant setting. This Suite was made possible by funding from Breath of Life.
A major clinical commitment has been to use state-of-the-art methods of investigating allergic and immunologic diseases and to couple the diagnostic results with new methods of treatment. In the Division, participation in new clinical trials using immuno-modulating agents is an ongoing feature of therapy for patients who are interested. These trials have included the use of new intravenous immunoglobulin preparations, hyper-immune immunoglobulins, monoclonal antibody therapy, and cytokines such as gamma interferon and Interleukin 2. A part of the clinical care is also rendered by the physicians of the Division of Clinical Immunology in the Guggenheim Hospital and in the Clinical Research Center.