Friday, April 30, 2010

Bloody paperwork

Even though infusions can be stressful (especially the first few), you need to remember to keep a record of each one.  The information that is recorded on these logs can be an invaluable tool for dealing with insurance companies, doctors, and factor producers, as well as tracking bleed patterns. (Or so I'm told).

You can find all different kinds of infusion logs online.  Here are examples from Coram and Hemophilia Navigator.  I actually have no idea who the heck either of those are, but they came up high in the google search... so there you go.  I actually do like the format of both of these forms.  I think that these are designed to be printed out.

I decided to keep both paper and online infusion logs.  I did a spreadsheet in gmail (free and easy) because it is web based and I can access it from any computer, not just my own. ( I'm keeping paper ones as well, because I'm pretty sure that some kind of meteorite or the swine flu or Al Gore will eventually kill the internet.)  

On my sister's advice, along with all pertinent information about the infusion, I also included insurance information on my spreadsheet.  (Cost, amount covered by insurance, amount owed, etc.)  Apparently, some insurance companies get all uppity about paying their bills.

You can also get free infusion logs from makers of factor products and all of the associated gear.  Ask your local treatment center if there's any good stuff that they've got lying around or if there are any resources that might be available.  I have a really cool little one that comes in it's own little spiral binder... now if only I can find that thing.

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