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Thinking about Christmas…

Read the Blog of Dr. Lindner, Chief Medical Officer World Medical Card, 12/ 2020- 1/2021:

Thinking about Christmas…
Christmas time and the ending of the year does not mean a calm and relaxing time for emergency departments and prehospital emergency services.
In contrast, a multitude of patients has to be treated on top as their family doctors are closed. People do not know where else to address to and are uncertain although their sense of self maybe tells 
them that it is only a minor health problem.

It is not uncommon that especially at this specific time of the year these health issues are the physical mirror of stress or overwhelming expectations but also the result of less movement and a vast quantity of food.

Taking into account the pandemic situation this may become even more obvious this year. Preexisting illnesses like e.g. stomach problems, high blood pressure, diabetes or headaches could worsen. Family doctors do know their patients´ medical history and social situation very well.

They could value and treat their complaints that sometimes can even mimic severe health problems much more effective than doctors in the emergency setting who meet these patients for the first time.

In order to avoid the onset of physical complaints at all and therefore reduce workload of emergency medicine around Christmas it could be helpful if family members share their thoughts, fears and level of stress and take regular walks outside as well!”

World Medical Card  is your personal medical profile controlled by you.
It is always available via web, app or physical card.
It’s understood by Healthcare professionals all over the world.
By sharing your profile with relatives or travel companions, you help the ones closest to you to assist when required.

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ICD-10 codes and COVID-19

When you have your World Medical Card, the diagnoses you choose to put in to your card automatically codes to the WHO standard. The codes for COVID -19 have already been created in your World Medical Card so that you can keep track and document your COVID-19 tests if mandatory.

Read more in the Blog of Dr. Lindner, Chief Medical Officer World Medical Card, 11/12 2020:

International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems – ICD.

Most likely, a great amount of us already has recognized some strange alphanumeric codes on a hospital report. In most cases they appear just before the name of the illness one was diagnosed to have.  However, most people never question what they are for and where they come from.

Historically, these numbers were set up to make international statistics of the illnesses on the basis of which people died! This goes back to the 19th century.

Today, the ICD- code is the most accepted international classification system of illnesses and symptoms in general. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is in charge to frequently update the system.

Currently, we are dealing with the 10th version, but ICD-11 is on its way and will become effective with the beginning of 2022. Although there are some local modifications in several countries, the essence of the alphanumerical code is equally used.

To give you an example: someone who was treated for lower back pain will find the “M54.5” on his report and if you are suffering from high blood pressure “I10.9” should be written on yours.

If you already suffered from COVID 19 disease the ICD code for this is U07.1”.
There might be some extending digits e.g. defining the side.

Next to using it for statistic evaluation of the prevalence of illnesses, ICD codes can also be used to regulate the financial side of the health system as for a certain ICD code there is a certain payment that every hospital gets.
Find out more “

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With World Medical Card you do not need to worry about finding the right ICD-10 code. When you register your diagnosis the system is set up to identify and find the matching ICD-10 code. This secures you will be understood by medical personel all over the world.

The World Health Organizations ICD-10 codes for COVID-19 is already in, so you can easily register, keep track and document your COVID-19 test.
Register for your World Medical Card subscription and download the app now.

 

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Challenges with Alzheimer’s and my mother’s everyday life

I want to write a little story about the challenges with Alzheimer’s and my mother’s everyday life that we faced for a long period of her life, before she became so ill that she came under municipal care.

I am one of those who have experienced that my mother just disappeared further and further into herself, and what difficulties it represented when I, as the main relative, would try to help her in her everyday life.

My mother was diagnosed in 2013, but she managed so well that she could live in her cozy apartment, which became her little paradise.

But unfortunately the memory disappeared more and more as time went on, and I was trying to help her as best as I could, both with medication, doctor visits, glasses / lenses and everything else.

What I experienced was that despite authorizations, it became very difficult to have insight in, for example, which medicines she should take and when she should take them.

Time and time again she stood at the pharmacy to get her medication from her prescriptions, but did not know which ones she should get. And the pharmacist only saw a long list of medicines on the prescription, so they could not help her.
I was added to the official heath site in Norway as a relative, and tried to find out something there, but it was almost impossible to orientate myself in this professional language area.

The same regarding her vision. She started putting away glasses in various places, but I did not know her visual acuity, so it was difficult to buy new ones. She did not remember the strength herself.
Eventually she got in to the municipal healthcare service for elderly suffering from dementia. I really appreciate what they have done so far and their patience. But I experience again that she receives medication without me being informed.
And it would have been so easy to have one place to keep record of this, so I have a simple overview.

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Now I’m in some of the same situation with my brother.
He is not suffering from demetia, but has other challenges, which means I have to be available to help him.

BUT – A BIG DIFFERENCE – I helped him download the World Medical Card app.
In addition, I have helped him enter the medications with a note when the various are to be taken.
We have entered diagnoses, that I am the head-relative – with phone number, visual acuity and all other important information.
He has shared the app with me, so now I can easily look it up for him if he is stuck at the pharmacy, or if he is traveling and running out of medicine.
We have also loaded the travel insurance certificate, so I can make sure that he gets quick help if something should happen.
Visual acuity for each of the eyes is also there, in case he forgets it.

I often think about how much the World Medical Card app could have helped my mother and me in such a difficult situation, with all the other challenges that also arise in the wake of this disease.
And I know at least that I will ease these challenges for my children by having the app shared and available to my loved ones.

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Also read the story of Per and the wasp

9 good reasons to order World Medical Card

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Are you allergic to wasp?

Per is hypersensitive to wasp but loves to be outdoors.
As always, he cruises on his Harley, of course with an open helmet, and does not think that he can really be in a high danger situation. Not because of the motorcycle ride, but because of the angry wasp that has just landed on his cheek.
The wasp does not like speed, and stings Per on the cheek.
Per notices the sting and pulls over to the side. He quickly becomes ill. The situation is worsening and Per loses consciousness. His biker buddies do not understand what has happened.
This can end badly.

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BUT:
Per has WORLD MEDICAL CARD as an app on his phone, and he has been so foresighted that he has shared this with a couple of his biker friends.
One friend looks at the app, sees the sting and quickly realizes what has happened.
In addition to having access to the information about Per’s allergies, Per has also noted in the app that the adrenaline pen is in the bag in front of the motorcycle – just in case.
It is also stated in the app which doctor the comrades should call if such a situation should arise. And they also find the contact details for Per’s partner.

Be Smart like Per and be prepared for the unexpected.

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Per’s friends follow what is written on the WORLD MEDICAL CARD app, and Per regain consciousness again. Thanks to Per’s preparation and the with the help of his mates this luckily ended well!

Do your friends know what to do if you have a severe allergic reaction or something unexpected should happen?

If you and your friends are signed up to WORLD MEDICAL CARD, you can share the critical information you have uploaded- something that ultimately can save lives?
Do not expect others to guess your needs, take charge and always keep an updated medical profile with you.
#beprepard # helpushelpyou

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Current Status on The Development of Vaccines for COVID-19 

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The Importance of Wearing Masks 

Overview  As COVID-19 spread all across the world, many of us became aware of how important face masks are. While face masks may cause a slight inconvenience, especially during the summer season, these tissues are the only barrier between us and the deadly SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus).  Read More
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The current status of COVID-19 – July 15th 2020

COVID is an acronym for ‘Corona Virus Disease’ that is caused by the virus named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus-2 (SARS-COV-2). COVID-19 is an infectious respiratory illness that outbroke in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and then spread epidemically all over the world. Now every country globally is affected by it.1

COVID-19 patients initially present with a flu-like illness. Most of the cases present with fever and body aches. The early symptoms also include loss of taste and smell, fatigue, and muscle pain. As the disease becomes severe, patients develop pneumonia in their lungs and become short of breath eventually. Diarrhea and abdominal pain also commonly occur.2

As per latest records, more than 13 500 000 have been infected with this disease worldwide, and the active cases are greater than 5 000 000. The graph of the number of cases isn’t stopping and the number of cases are increasing day by day. 213 countries are affected by COVID, and the most affected country having the highest number of patients is the USA.

Regarding the number of deaths reported, the up-to-date number is greater than 580 000. The lucky patients that have been recovered from this disease are greater than 7 900 000. 3

You might be thinking why are the exact numbers not being mentioned. The reason is simple – the numbers are increasing day by day. We are not even sure about the extent of their increase.

This disease is quite an alarming one as it has infected the whole world. Scientists and biotechnologists are working hard day and night to find a specific treatment or invent a vaccine against this disease. Although no cure is currently available, yet there is a ray of hope that we will surely develop a vaccine against this disease, and when that day arrives, it would be added to the victorious events of human history. As for now, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

 

 

References

  1. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019.
  2. COVID-19 Health Advisory Platform by Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination . http://covid.gov.pk/.
  3. Worldometer. Coronavirus Cases. Worldometer 1–22 https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ (2020) doi:10.1101/2020.01.23.20018549V2.

 

The World Medical Card-blog consists of content written by both in-house and independent doctors, hired to write specific content for World Medical Card. It is advised to do your own research and always contact a doctor directly if you are having symptoms.

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