What is a Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) Test?
The Hemoglobin A1C test is a blood test that measures the average blood sugar that the person has had for the past two to three months. It’s also known among practitioners as the HbA1C and glycated hemoglobin tests. Patients are requested to undergo said test to diagnose if one has either type 1 or 2 diabetes and monitor the blood sugar levels of those diagnosed with diabetes.
How does it work?
Step One. Access and Download the Template
Ensure you can access a digitally accessible and printable version of the Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) test when you and your patient need it. Follow either of these steps to grab a copy:
- Click the “Use Template” or “Download Template” button
- Search for “Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) Test” on Carepatron’s template library’s search bar on the website or app.
Step Two. Interview and Assess the Patient
It’s best to interview or assess your patient to know more about their medical history, symptoms, etc. Any piece of information that they may provide you will help you determine if the Hemoglobin A1C test is what they need. You may also use your findings or observations to request the test.
Step Three. Collect the Sample
A patient or referring physician/nurse must show the filled-out Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) test to the practitioner in charge at the laboratory to prove that the test has been requested. Only then will a blood sample be collected.
Step Four. Analyze and Interpret the Results
Since the template also has a section for writing down results, analysis, and interpretation, you may use it to note down important information you may need when diagnosing for formulating a treatment approach.
Step Five. Securely Store the Template
Once the template has been filled out and used as a request form and/or document for notes, the referring physician must store physical copies at a secure location. Otherwise, they can store digital copies on Carepatron, a HIPAA-compliant EHR that can keep records secure, only to be accessed by relevant parties.
Hemoglobin A1C Test Example (sample)
We created a filled-out PDF file of the “Hemoglobin A1C Test” template. You may view and use it to understand how the template may look as a completed request form and document for the patient’s results and their corresponding analysis and interpretation. Do note, however, that the information in the template is fictional.
Grab a copy by viewing the sample below or clicking the “Download Example PDF” button.
When Would you use this Test?
Medical professionals like general practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses may use a Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) may use the test for the following scenarios:
Routine Check-up and Diagnosis
A patient, specifically one who is under 45, according to the CDC, may be requested to take an HbA1c test if they have risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes because of their weight, medical history, etc.
Monitoring and Evaluating
Those who are prediabetic, have diabetes but don’t use insulin, and have diabetes and take insulin but can’t keep their blood sugar within range may use the test to monitor their blood sugar levels. Meanwhile, those who have yet to begin their treatment plan or are in the middle of a medication change are recommended to take the test often to evaluate the approach's effectiveness.
What do the Results Mean?
Practitioners know that analysis and interpretation must always be made with the patient’s medical history and current condition. However, for a general idea of the interpretation of the hemoglobin A1C test, keep reading below:
- Normal: Blood levels are below 5.7%.
- Prediabetes: Blood levels are from 5.7% to 6.4%.
- Diabetes: Blood levels are higher than 6.5% on two separate tests.
Why use Carepatron as your Hemoglobin A1C app?
Beyond being an app where one can get a copy of the Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) test template, Carepatron is a general practice software that can assist various practitioners who are caring for patients who have or are at risk of developing diabetes. Learn more about how our tools and features can automate tasks and streamline processes to make you and your patients easier by reading our points below.
Need to have your patient undergo further testing? Want to ensure you have all the records needed to help you with diagnosis or treatment formulation? Have them fill out relevant ready-made, fillable, and digitally accessible templates of medical documents in our template library.
Aside from those, we also have note templates for any observations or findings you may need to remember to provide the best care to your patient.
Whether your patient has or doesn’t have diabetes, there’s no harm in conducting routine consultations to monitor their health. For your ease and to reduce no-shows, you can set up a system on Carepatron that can send them automated reminders via SMS or email of upcoming appointments. Furthermore, if your patient wishes, they may also request appointments without calling you or your clinic.
Make the medical billing process smoother with Carepatron. The software can assist you in creating invoices using templates, offer alternative payment options, send automated payment due reminders, and quickly process patients' payments.
You can effortlessly input and search for patient details and records on our patient portal.
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