How Ancillary Services Like “Critical Care Assessment” Are Helping Private Practice

images (3)Critical Care Assessment is a “non-invasive, fully automated computer-based system that provides Heart Rate Variability (HRV), blood pressure analysis and Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) analysis for a quantitative assessment of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and Autonomic Balance (sympathetic and parasympathetic).” This system has recently been upgraded to include the option to offer a separate Ankle-Brachial Index Test (ABI) which is a simple and reliable test for diagnosing Peripheral Artery Disease in its early stages before outward symptoms are present.
The autonomic nervous system (ANS), primarily responsible for involuntary functions like blood pressure, heartbeat and breathing, must be in balance for patients to live a healthy life. Modern technology has afforded many opportunities to test for autonomic balance in a non-invasive, relatively quick way.images (1)
ANS assessments like heart rate variability and stress tests can all be completed with new critical care test equipment that breaks down important information in an intuitive, accurate way. With information provided in the form of charts, graphs and rating scales, physicians can easily gauge whether or not a patient is experiencing autonomic dysfunction that could lead to health risks such as sudden death, silent heart attack, hypertension, vascular abnormalities, diabetic autonomic neuropathy or other hidden disease.
Because autonomic imbalance is all too common, assessments that offer physicians a clear direction of treatment are incredibly valuable. Instead of relying on patients and outdated equipment to track improvements, state-of-the-art ANS tests can do this in an accurate, comprehensive manner.images (12)
With this new critical care testing equipment, a world of opportunities opens up to help patients live healthy lives and reach autonomic balance. It’s easier than ever to analyze the causes of imbalance. With this kind of information, a regiment to achieving better balance can be created by the physician for the patient. This equipment isn’t a treatment for imbalance, rather an efficient way of helping a physician develop an effective treatment for it.
If you are still uncertain as to whether ANS testing should be an intricate part of your patient care, take the time to consider the investment versus potential reward. Many victims of diabetes and other debilitating diseases have sought out hospitals renowned for their examination of the autonomic nervous system. Your patients depend on you to provide them with the best possible health care. Recent developments in healthcare require you to provide patient education as well as the carepath for improving patient health; the ANS test helps you to do both. The amount of information that a single ANS test can provide in just 20 minutes may very well save the life of an ill, elderly or seemingly healthy person. The use of technology now offers a fast, simple and effective way to test patients for multiple illnesses and allows you to provide improved patient care and maximize the use of your professional time with each patient.