There are many types of autoimmune disorders, some of which can affect and damage a patient’s nerves. One such rare autoimmune disorder is Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), where the immune system attacks the patient’s body itself, often resulting in damage to the nerves, leading to muscle weakness, paralysis, and possibly eventual death in the most severe of cases. Anybody can develop GBS, although it is often more common in adults above 50 years old.
In Latin America, the highest incidence of GBS is located in Chile, where it is estimated an average of 2.12 cases per 100,000 population were reported. It was also found that between 2001 and 2012, 59% of patients were males and the highest rate of incidents took place during spring. The triggers of GBS can vary greatly and there are multiple causes that can lead to it.
An astonishing two-thirds of patients reported that they suffered from either a respiratory illness or diarrhea weeks before symptoms of GBS are seen. One of the most common triggers being illnesses that are the result of Campylobacter jejuni, a bacterium that causes diarrhea, with approximately 1 in 1000 incidents leading to GBS. GBS can also result from many other types of infections which include the Zika virus, cytomegalovirus, Epstein Barr virus, and even just the flu.
Treatment for GBS can commonly include an exchange of plasma, high-dose immunoglobulin therapy, and treating symptoms while observing changes in health. Digital health solutions can help in observation as sometimes GBS can last days, weeks, or even months. And, although GBS is not contagious, germ associated outbreaks can still happen, making the exchange of information beneficial for healthcare should be able to be shared swiftly.
Care.Wallet is a powerful tool that has the ability to have everything patients may need for successfully managing their health. If experiencing unexpected symptoms, a patient can book an appointment with a few clicks directly in the App. If a patient needs a ride to the facility, Care.Wallet has got them covered with a medical transportation solution embedded. If it’s not possible to have an in-office visit, Care.Wallet allows for booking online appointments via Global Telehealth Exchange.
With Care.Wallet the patient doesn’t have to worry about preparing for the appointment, as all their previous medical records are securely stored in his Care.Wallet and can be shared with all members of their care team in real-time. On top of that, Care.Wallet allows for symptom recording and management. Armed with all necessary the information, medical professionals can better evaluate the health condition of the patient and diagnose the problem. Prescriptions and referrals can be easily managed within the App as well. Care.Wallet has a comprehensive feedback function, called “How Are You Feeling Today” (HAYFT) Cards, that allows the patient to stay in touch with their care provider and report any changes to their health condition. In addition, the Care.Circle functionality provides an opportunity for the patient to have health information exchanged between all care professionals involved in their treatment. Family and friends can be invited to join their Care.Circle as well to support the patient in their recovery and stay updated about their current health situation.
Care.Wallet is a powerful health management tool designed to offer a new improved standard of care and will improve the way healthcare works by putting patients in control of their health management. If you enjoyed this article, do take a look at our previous article Chron’s Disease in Ireland.