August 3, 2015
Exertional Heat Illness is a continuum, from irritating muscles cramps to life-threatening heat stroke. The American College of Sports Medicine has guidelines to help recognize who is at the greatest risk and what we can do to prevent falling victim to the heat.
Some factors that increase your odds of being affected include:
- Being active outdoors on warm, humid days
- Poor physical fitness
- Being over weight
- Certain medications
- Gradually increase the duration of time spent in the heat and the intensity of the work you are doing. It takes about two weeks for your body to adapt.
- Hydrate before going out into the heat and keep hydrating through out your activity.
- When possible try to plan your outdoor activities when temperatures are at their coolest, early mornings are best.
- Wear clothes that are designed to help keep your body cool.
- If you are beginning to feel exhausted or lightheaded while you are outside STOP what you are doing. Go inside, or get to a shaded area, and cool off with a cold water or sports drink.
July 27, 2015
With the increase in the number of Urgent Care clinics which have opened many patients see this as a unique alternative to their healthcare. They are able to be seen without an appointment (although the payoff is that there might be an extended wait depending on how many other patients had the same idea), and many Urgent Care centers offer a variety of services.
Employers also look to Urgent Care centers to help employees who have been injured on the job. Employers are able to have their employees examined, treated and are able to have more direct lines of communication with the provider so they can work together to make sure the employee is recovering and back to work as quickly as possible.
Urgent Care centers are a great alternative to busy Emergency Rooms. They're outpatient medical clinics (in most cases) and are able to charge non-ER rates. Urgent Care centers can also offer basic preventative treatments such as some vaccinations and medications for travel, flu shots, sports or employment physicals and more. At First Care (SIMED's Urgent Care Center) we have the added benefit that if you are unable to be seen at your Primary Care doc
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To begin using the Patient Portal you will need to visit your SIMED physician's office and request your PIN#. PIN numbers are unique and may only be used once to setup your personal portal account. For security reasons, and to ensure that only you have access to your portal account, PIN numbers may not be given over the phone or via email.
Once you have your PIN# you can click on the PATIENT PORTAL link here or on the button found on the right hand side of this website to register.
We've put together this brief video to show you some of the things you can do with your new patient portal account.