Tools That Improve Patient Care

Tools That Improve Patient Care

Regular check-ups with your doctor are one of the most important ways you can protect yourself from chronic illness and disease. Prevention is key of course, and diet, exercise, and lifestyle can go a long way to ensuring your good health for years to come. Early diagnosis is critical, however, to ensuring any illness or disease is managed and minimized. Thanks to technology and innovations in medicine, it’s easier than ever to ensure your good health, now and for years to come.

Have you visited your health clinic lately?  If you have, here are just a few standard items you’ll find which greatly improve patient care outcomes:

Scales

You may cringe when the nurse asks you to step on the scale, but knowing your weight is imperative to your health and well-being. Your doctor will let you know how much you should weigh based on your gender, height, age, etc. and can give you advice on how to lose or gain weight accordingly. This is especially important if you are diabetic. It’s important to monitor your weight, regardless of how healthy you think you may be. Weight gain of even just a few pounds can lead to other health issues like heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and many others.  Smaller, ‘scoop’ like scales will assess your baby’s weight at regular intervals, to ensure your baby is growing at a healthy rate.

Vital Monitors

A vital monitor is an invaluable tool that is used to collect data and readings on any number of vital signs, such as blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, and more. These monitors can give your doctor essential information that will help him/her make a proper diagnosis and get you treated quickly. These can also be purchased for home use, and can help you monitor your condition at home. If you have high blood pressure, for instance, a blood pressure monitor will let you know immediately if it has become elevated. Thanks to technology, you can be in better control of your health, and you will know when you need medical attention.

ECG Machine

An ECG (Electrocardiogram), while part of the vital monitor category, warrants its own section. This is one of the single most important diagnostic tools for your heart. If you feel that you have an elevated heart rate, or your heart is skipping beats, your doctor will likely order an ECG before anything else. Having this in the clinic will get you quick and effective results. An ECG will give your doctor insight as to what’s going on with your heart – rate, and rhythm. Depending on the results, other tests may be necessary, such as an Echocardiogram.

Computers

Computers in health clinics and inpatient rooms can give nurse practitioners and doctors instant information regarding your health history. With the help of computers, doctors have a much faster response to any conditions you may have, health risks (history of certain diseases within your family, for example) and much more. They can communicate with other specialists via email, giving a much quicker response. Doctors can also search for information on their private networks, and they can give you a better overall experience as a result.

Going to the doctor is probably not on your top 10 list of fun things to do, but it is necessary. Regular check-ups will help you and your doctor diagnose, treat and even prevent chronic disease and disorders. Almost 40% of the U.S. population suffers from some form of chronic illness. With regular check-ups, technology, and a healthy lifestyle, you can avoid becoming a statistic.

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