Clinical Support & Diagnostics
The Anticoagulation Clinic is a service established to monitor and manage the medication(s) that you take to prevent blood clots. The location within our clinic is staffed by trained nurses. The trained nurses, working in conjunction with your physician, will check your blood test and adjust your dose of warfarin (Coumadin ® or Jantoven ®) as well as other medicines that may be needed (such as heparin shots or Vitamin K, the antidote to coumadin).
- Coumadin / warfarin management
- Anti-coagulation bridging for surgical and invasive procedures
- Initiation of anti-coagulation therapy
- Warfarin use and safety education
Audiology is the study of hearing and hearing related disorders. An Audiologist is a hearing health care professional who identifies and assesses individuals with auditory (hearing) and/or balance concerns, problems or disorders. Rehabilitation of hearing loss can be administered by an Audiologist through fitting of hearing aids and/or Assistive Listening Devices (ALD's). You can find Audiologists in hospitals, community health centers, private practice offices, schools, universities and some doctors' offices.
An Audiologist is someone who holds a Masters degree in his or her field from an accredited university in order to just practice the profession. By virtue of their education, they are considered to be the most qualified professional to assess and make a non-medical diagnosis (e.g. type and severity) of hearing impairment. They can assist the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician in identifying certain pathologies of the ear and auditory system but an Audiologists cannot diagnose the individual's cause of hearing impairment.
- Hearing Tests
- Hearing Aid Evaluations
- Hearing Aid sales and Adjustment
CLIA Certified Laboratory Services
The Mission of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) section of The Baton Rouge Clinic is to ensure compliance with State and Federal Clinical Laboratory laws and regulations. This is achieved by performing biannual onsite inspections to ensure accuracy and reliability of laboratory test results and conducting review of laboratory performed Proficiency Testing results.
This process involves compliance with the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988, which requires that all laboratories testing human specimens be certified by the federal government.
- Standard Chemistry Procedures
- Special Chemistry Procedures
- Hormone studies
- Urine studies
- Monitoring therapeutic drug levels
Industrial & Occupational Medicine
The Baton Rouge Clinic offers comprehensive industrial/occupational care to those who were either injured or contracted a disease from or during work. Our highly-qualified physicians and medical staff also work toward the prevention of such conditions.
Our physicians, for example, work to rehabilitate people injured on the job with the end goal of getting them back to work. They also do job demand analyses, occupational consulting, basic pre-employment physicals and more sophisticated and comprehensive functional capacity exams tailored to the needs of the client.
No matter the service, our staff provides prompt, quality care and is more than willing to extend that care to your entire family. We offer this service because we realize the convenience of being able to receive comprehensive health services at one location.
Below is a list of some of the services offered by our industrial/occupational medicine staff.
- Occupational Medicine Screenings
- Hearing Tests
- Eye Screenings
- Pulmonary Function Studies
The Baton Rouge Clinic offers an attractive alternative to a hospital setting for receiving infusion therapy, which is the introduction of a substance such as a fluid, electrolyte, nutrient, or drug, directly into a vein or interstitially by means of gravity flow.
Our staff provides comprehensive infusion services in a comfortable, private setting, delivered by a friendly, caring staff. We simplify and expedite the process while providing the highest-quality care and treatment.
Sterile techniques are maintained, equipment is routinely checked for mechanical difficulties, and our patients are observed for swelling at the site of injection and for cardiac or respiratory difficulties.
Below is a list of services offered by our infusion staff.
- Antibiotic Therapy
- Biologicals - Special Immune system modifiers often used for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple
- Sclerosis, and other immunologic conditions
Nutritional and Diabetic Education
A certified diabetes educator (CDE) is a health care professional who is specialized and certified to teach people with diabetes how to manage their condition.
The CDE is an invaluable asset to those who need to learn the tools and skills necessary to control their blood sugar and avoid long-term complications due to hyperglycemia. Unlike an endocrinologist, the CDE can spend as much time with a newly diagnosed person as is needed both for educational purposes and emotional support.
Typically the CDE is also a nurse, dietitian, exercise physiologist, pharmacist, or social worker who has further specialized in diabetes education and care management. Formal education and years of practical experience are required, in addition to a formal examination, before a diabetes educator is certified.
- Accredited Diabetic Education Program
- Registered Dietitians
- Certified Diabetic Nurse Educators
- Self Administration Of Injectable Medications (I.E. Insulin, And Others)
- Using Home Glucose Monitoring Devices
- Diabetic Nurse Supervision And Management Of Sugars (With Your Physician’s Input)
- 24-Hour Glucose Monitor
- Nutritionist Services For
- Diabetic Meal Plans
- Supervised Weight Loss Meal Plans
- Low Cholesterol And And/Or Low Fat Meal Plans
- Diet Education For Other Medical Conditions Requiring Such
Radiology is the study of images of the human body. A Radiologist is a physician who has become a specialist in Radiology - a medical doctor who has taken additional training in the interpretation of medical images. This training usually takes 5 to 6 years after completing Medical or Osteopathic School.
Although Radiology began with the use of X-Rays and large flat sheets of photographic films, the modern Radiologist now has a variety of tools for 'taking pictures' of living patients. Many of these newer tools create an image with a computer (CT - computed tomography) and some do not use any X-Rays, nor radiation of any kind - such as a MRI and Ultrasound.
- MRI Angiograms
- CAT Scans
- Barium X-ray Studies
- Ultrasound and advanced ultrasound imaging techniques
- Bone Density Scanning
- Mammotome Services (Advanced Breast Diagnostic Study)
Vaccine Administration & Tracking
Appropriate vaccine administration is a key element to ensuring the optimal safety and efficacy of vaccines. Vaccine administration practices are based on clinical trials that determine the dose, route and schedule for each vaccine. Professional standards for medication and vaccine administration and federal/provincial/territorial policies and procedures, where these exist, also guide vaccination practices.
Pre-vaccination counseling: Prior to vaccination, the vaccine provider should ensure that the vaccine recipient is capable of consenting to the procedure or that, when required, an appropriate guardian or substitute decision maker is present to give consent. Information regarding the risks and benefits of both receiving and not receiving the vaccination should be provided, along with the opportunity to ask questions. Minor side effects that occur frequently and any adverse effects that are severe should be discussed with the individual, guardian or substitute decision maker. This person should be asked about all relevant contraindications and precautions to receiving the vaccine. Care should be taken to determine whether there is a risk of anaphylaxis, such as previous anaphylaxis or severe allergy to any of the vaccine components or latex, if contained in the vaccine products.
- The Baton Rouge Clinic Participates in LINKS (Louisiana Immunization Network for Kids Statewide), a statewide program that tracks immunizations for all Louisiana children