What is Annual Physical Examination (APE)?

Have you heard about
Annual Physical Examination (APE)? It is sometime called as Annual Check-Up
(ACU) by other Healthcare providers, hospitals and clinics that offered
services like this.  APE or ACU are common in Healthcare Industry and
companies who are giving Healthcare benefits to the employees and their
dependents. Health conscious individuals are also aware about the purpose of
said procedures.
Why a need to have an Annual Physical
Examination or ACU?
APE or ACU is the procedure done to
determine the current health condition of a person.  It is done
yearly to check, establish and differentiate the previous health records to the
current health records based from the physical and internal observation of the
body fluids and vital organs of a person. To find out if there is a
pre-existing condition that needs to be treated and to prevent the possible
health problems before they become serious.

APE or ACU commonly consists of 5 basic
procedures and these are the following:

1.   Physical
Examination
-Examination or inspection of the body parts specifically the
eyes, ears, mouth, genital areas, anus, and breast part. Usually it is
accompanied by health evaluation by answering a health check list or
interviewing the person/patient to determine the family health back ground,
hospitalization history, medicine maintenance, existing allergies or asthma
problem.
2. 
 Complete Blood Count or CBC- Monitoring the different parts
of the blood to rule out if there is a blood infection or any diseases by
examining the White blood count, Red Blood Count, Platelet count, Hemoglobin,
Hematocrit, and other components of blood.
3.  Urinalysis-Screening
or diagnostic tool to check if there is an infection or any related kidney
disorders.
   4.  Fecalysis-Analysis
of the human stool to determine the presence of
certain pathologic conditions in the patient.
5. Chest X-Ray-Evaluating
the lungs including the chest cage, for the presence of abnormalities, size of
the heart and screening for lungs disease.
Optional Procedures:
6.    Electrocardiogram
(ECG)
 – For patient ages 35 years old and above.  
7.    Pap’s
Smear
 -For female 35 years old and above

Is
Annual APE or ACU affordable?
Yes it is. It’s better to detect pre-existing condition early than to detect it late. Prevention is better than cure. Mostly APE or ACU with 5
basic procedures ranges from Php. 350.00 to Php. 500.00 per head depending on
the APE Providers or Clinics that will facilitate the availment.
For your individual or
corporate APE or ACU future requirement you may email or contact the Author/Blogger
at modela_15@yahoo.com to provide
proposals customized to your needs.

Proverbs 17:22 

A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.


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