Remote doctor consultations have been on the rise for the past few years. With the recent pandemic, telemedicine has become even more in high demand. If you’re needing non-emergency medical care, a remote doctor consultation by phone can be just as effective as an in-person visit. Here are two tips to ensure you have a successful telephone consultation with a doctor.
Prepare Before The Conversation
Before the telephone consultation with a doctor starts, you’ll want to be prepared to give certain information that will be asked during the call. Have a written list of your symptoms and any medications you’re currently taking ready to go. In addition, write down a list of any questions or concerns you may have so you don’t forget about them while you’re on the call. It’s also a good idea to have medical records you may have received recently from another healthcare facility such as an urgent care center.
You may also want to take your vital signs before the call. This includes your temperature, pulse rate at rest, and your current weight on a scale. You can check your pulse by taking two fingers and placing them over your radial artery between the tendon and bone on the thumb side of your wrist. Once you feel your pulse, count the number of beats that occur within 15 seconds and multiply that by four to calculate the total beats per minute.
If you have a blood pressure cuff or glucometer, you may want to take those readings as well. If you’re one of the two-thirds of U.S. adults who are obese, these readings can help your doctor monitor your condition. If you’re concerned about having coronavirus, a pulse oximeter can check your heart rate and blood oxygen level, which is important information for that condition.
Follow Up After The Call
When the telephone consultation with a doctor is about to end, ask for a summary of everything that was discussed. This will make sure you understood everything and didn’t miss any important instructions. You may also want to provide feedback as well to your doctor’s office and health insurance provider.
A telehealth doctor can be an ideal and convenient solution to receive non-emergency medical care when you’re unable to make an in-person visit. Taking care of your health is critical. If you don’t currently have a doctor, reach out to one of our professionals at Peace Medical today to request a virtual doctor appointment.