If you are concerned about caloric intake for the sick or obese patient, a metabolic measurement should be standard for every initial exam. It can be used to screen for slow metabolism and to construct a truly customized weight loss program. Periodic retesting will reveal the effect caloric reduction or medication is having on a patent's metabolism.
The REEVUE measures the oxygen that the body consumes. Using this measurement it calculates number of calories that an individual burns at rest in a day. This technique is called Indirect Calorimetry. This information assists in nutritional assessment and medical nutrition Therapy. The REEVUE can be used for any patient where a measurement of metabolic rate or oxygen uptake (VO2) will be useful, including weight management and nutritional assessment services.
The REEVUE has been validated against the clinical standard metabolic cart and has demonstrated equivalent accuracy in resting volunteers for both oxygen consumption and resting energy expenditure.
Preparation and Having Your Metabolism Checked
REEVUE measures resting metabolic rate. It is important that you be able to reach a resting state during your test. You should avoid activities such as exercise or stressful situations that will prevent you from relaxing for at least two hours prior to your test. Digesting a large meal, as well as taking stimulants, such as caffeine, can raise your metabolic rate and should also be avoided prior to your test.
You will be able to sit or lie comfortably while being tested. A Tapp Medical Assistant will then place a nose clip on your nose and you will be given a disposable mouthpiece to breathe through. This mouthpiece is connected to the REEVUE by a hose that will measure how much oxygen you are breathing out. It is very important that you breathe only through the mouthpiece so this measurement will be correct. Both the mouthpiece and the tubing are sterile items that will be used only for you.
Finally, you just sit back and breathe. The REEVUE will indicate when it has calculated your metabolic rate. This takes anywhere from 5-10 minutes. The more relaxed and even your breathing, the quicker it will be able to determine your resting metabolic rate. In just 10 minutes, your doctor can know precisely how many calories your body is burning. Your diet can then be tailored to maintain the right caloric balance. Proper nutritional assessment by Korr Medical Technologies can put you back on the road to better health!