Dr. Justin Groode
The medication wallet card helps promote safer medical visits by giving you a very simple and effective way of informing your health providers and pharmacists about every pill you take.
Norman hit his head on the door of his pickup. Within a few days his neighbor noticed he was acting strangely, walking with a limp, and unable to form words. The first thought was that he had a stroke. He was immediately taken to the local hospital where a CT scan revealed a subdural hematoma, which is a collection of blood within the cranium that was putting pressure on his brain. The local hospital was not equipped to deal with neurosurgery, so Life Flight transported Norman to a major medical center.
When Norman arrived in the Emergency Room, medical personnel searched his wallet for his ID and insurance card. Here they found a medication card and noted that he was taking Apixaban, also known as Eliquis.
Because the ER nurse found Eliquis on Norman’s medication card, surgery was delayed for three days in order to allow for the medication to get out of his system. A craniotomy was performed and the hematoma was removed. The good news is that Norman is healthy and back to walking his dog every day. However, if surgery had been performed immediately, as is the standard of care in that situation, Norman most likely would have died on the operating table due to uncontrollable bleeding.
Medical providers and pharmacists frequently fail to communicate with each other about medications, and most healthcare facilities use different medical records systems, which do not share information. This puts us all at risk. The medication wallet card helps promote safer medical visits by giving you a very simple and effective way of informing your health providers and pharmacists about every pill you take.
When you sign-up with PAA you create a medication profile by entering your current medications, as well as whatever natural supplements you take.
Your PAA Medication Profile information comes to you in the easy to read report and as a set of 10 medications cards that can conveniently be carried and given to your medical providers and pharmacists. This set of 10 cards is printed on a durable material that will not easily fold or be damaged, and is mailed directly to your home.
This card has helped prevent potentially life threatening mistakes in emergency settings.