Each quarter, we bring you information and support on living with a prosthetic device. In this issue: Getting the Information and Support You Need.
The National Limb Loss Information Center - Help Is Just an E-Mail or Phone Call Away
from "First Step, A Guide for Adapting to Limb Loss," a publication of the Amputee Coalition.
The Amputee Coalition's National Limb Loss Information Center (NLLIC) provides free information about limb loss to amputees, their family members and caregivers, medical professionals, and other interested parties in the United States.
THE New Experience of Limb Los
In addition, a librarian is on staff to ensure that the NLLIC's information is current and easily accessible via the internet and online library catalog.
The NLLIC Call Center
At the NLLIC's call center, our information specialists are continually researching, producing and analyzing vital information that can make a difference in your quality of life. You can reach us by phone Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm (EST), through our toll-free number - 888/AMP-KNOW (888/267-5669). Or you can reach us by e-mail day or night through our Ask the NLLIC Web page.
Why should I contact the NLLIC?
· You or someone you know is a new amputee.
· You need information about your healthcare and future.
· You would like to schedule a visit from an ACAcertified peer visitor.
· You would like to find an amputee support group in your state.
· You would like to locate certified prosthetists and prosthetic facilities in your state.
What are some of the NLLIC's most frequent requests?
· New Amputee Information - Most new amputees have a serious need for general, introductory information concerning the specifics of their situation and their level of amputation.
· Funding Information - As a nonprofit organization, the Amputee Coalition does not provide funding; however, we have created a funding packet to address this need.
· Pain Information - The NLLIC offers a pain packet that addresses the various types of pain associated with limb loss, especially phantom pain.
· Diabetes Information - Each year, more than half of all amputations performed in the United States are caused by diabetes and its complications and secondary conditions.
· Advocacy Information - The Amputee Coalition has assumed the challenge to address and improve the health and care of people living with the absence of a limb and those at risk for primary amputations or secondary conditions, including additional amputations. For more information, visit the advocacy area of the Amputee Coalition Web site or call the Amputee Coaliton.
Note: No funding from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is used to support ACA advocacy efforts.