Wednesday, February 5, 2014

American Recall Center

If there is one thing I am passionate about it's finding a community to stand with- a group of like-minded individuals to support you. It is so easy after a tragic diagnosis or life trial to become isolated and slowly lose control. I am so thankful that as a family we have found an amazing support team lifting us up on this journey with ALS.

I know that as a caregiver the amount of information thrown at us can be overwhelming. It's important to stay organized and in constant communication with others so that no part of our loved ones care goes unattended. That is why when I was contacted by Dr. Mario Trucillo with The American Recall Center, I knew his passion to empower caregivers and patients alike, is something I wanted to share with you. Although the American Recall Center is not exclusive to ALS patients it is a great resource for all healthcare  information and support.

Here is an excerpt of what Dr. Mario Trucillo has to say about The American Recall Center:

        " Today, the amount of people taking prescription drugs is increasing, and the number has reached well into the millions. With recent breakthroughs there is an increase of medications available for conditions like ALS. While this creates optimism, it is also important to understand the possible side-effects of newly developed treatments. 

          Although medical professionals strive to provide one-on-one support to their patients, they have begun to be increasingly stressed by the amount of patients that they have added to their rotations and may not always have the time available to respond to every question in a timely manner. For this reason, it is essential for patients to become self-advocates and stay aware of current medical device and prescription medication safety alerts. This way, you will always know the steps to take in light of new information regarding the safety of your medicines and medical devices. 

         Fortunately, The American Recall Center is available to serve as a resource that can make identifying dangerous medicines and medical devices easier for patients. On this website, you can begin researching potential recalls before your appointment, and then you can continue to monitor your health services throughout your treatment plan and well-past your recovery. 

         Whether you are concerned about the possibility of a recall, or need to know what are the best types of food to eat or want to know about a prescribed drug you can be certain to find the information you need at your fingertips. Here, complicated medical terminology is broken down into plain language that makes sense to the average reader. This can help you to stay on top of the latest research findings regarding the medicine and medical devices you use every day so you can stay healthy. 

         One of the best features of this site is one that you can use without having to even lift a finger- the Patient Safety Alerts. This is a personal notification system that you can customize with your medical information so that alerts regarding medicine and medical device recalls are sent directly to your inbox. To use this feature, all you need to do is choose the medical device or medications you use and include an email address. Once your account is set up, you can be certain that an FDA update will never be missed so that you can always stay in charge of making your health the utmost priority."

Is there a resource you currently use in your healthcare management that you find to be helpful?. I would love to hear about it. Please share in the comments below!