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Carolyn,  
 
When we have issues such as you outline, we often go to Rob Daigle's Techniques in Noninvasive Vascular Diagnosis. It is easy to find the information you are looking for, tells you how to perform, pitfalls to watch out for, tips and tricks, and outlines diagnostic criteria. you can check out www.summerpublishing.com
 
OK, I will confess and tell you Rob is a friend of mine but I get nada in royalties and the above is true. It is a go to book in our lab.
 
Bill Schroedter
Venice, Fl.


From: UVM Flownet [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Carolyn Kokoski
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2010 3:02 PM
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Subject: Re: cold immersion studiies

Barbara, 
 
     Thanks so much I am feeling so much better about performing this exam now.. I think when you do not perform a certain exam for a length of time it is very easy to second guess ourselves.  Everyone has been so helpful! 
                           Carolyn
 

Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 12:28:17 -0700
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Subject: Re: cold immersion studiies
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Carolyn,
 
Do a base line upper arterial or lower arterial to r/o arterial disease. Do resting PPG on all digits. Pick two of the digits with the worst symptoms and use these for the test. Document how long ( one hand or foot at a time) that the patient can immerse in the ice water. ( If you use gloves on the patient, you won't have to waste time drying the hands.) Do PPG tracings immediately after ice immersion, do PPG tracings 5 minutes after ice, 10 minutes after ice and if the waveform has not returned by 15 minutes post ice immersion, there is indication of vasospastic disease.
Everyone will have dampened waveforms immediately after ice immersion. Hope this helps
 
Barbara Pizzo, BS RVT
Technical Director, Vascular, Neurologic and Non-Invasive Cardiology Services
St. Joseph Medical Center
610 378-2802
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From: UVM Flownet [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Carolyn Kokoski
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2010 10:02 AM
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Subject: cold immersion studiies

   I have not had to perform a cold immersion study in quite some years and am being asked to perform one next week.  I am having a hard time recalling the proper protocalor finding it in the manual.  The machine I have available is a Unetixs Freedom V.  Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance for your help. Carolyn

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