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eMedical Urgent Care Celebrates National Donate Life Month

Posted on Thu, Apr 20, 2017

National Donate Life Month

National-Donate-Life-Month-(2).pngeMedical Urgent Care in NJ celebrates annual National Donate Life Month this April, a celebration commemorating those who have given the life through organ and tissue donation. Throughout the month, we’re spreading awareness for organ donation and celebrating the lives that have been saved and healed by the gift of life.

This year’s symbol for National Donate Life Month is a blue and green pinwheel. A pinwheel evokes various images and meanings, but the strongest association revolves around opportunity and energy. The pinwheel is symbolic of an instrument that turns obstacles into opportunities. The pinwheel’s ability to capture and pass on energy parallels one’s potential to make life possible.

Frequently Asked Questions: Organ and Tissue Donation

We understand that the unknown can be a little scary, but thankfully Donate Life America has all of the answers to your common questions.

Who can be a donor?

Individuals of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.

Does my religion support organ, eye and tissue donation?

Every major religion in the United States supports organ, eye and tissue donation as one of the highest expressions of compassion and generosity.

Is there a cost to be an organ, eye and tissue donor?

There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for donation. The donor family pays only for medical expenses before death and costs associated with funeral arrangements.

Does donation affect funeral plans?

An open casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process the body is treated with care and respect. Funeral arrangements can continue as planned following donation.

What will happen to my donated organs or tissues?

When someone dies, the local organ procurement organization or tissue bank matches the donor’s organs with people waiting for transplants. Patients who receive your organs will be identified based upon many factors, including blood type, severity of illness and other medical criteria. Other factors, such as race, gender, age and income are not considered when determining who receives a transplant.

How do I enroll in the Organ and Tissue Donor Registry?

Currently in America, 118,000 people are waiting for an organ. Each day, 22 people die waiting. Another person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes. Ninety-five percent of Americans are in favor of being a donor, but only 54 percent are actually registered.

If you haven’t registered to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor, April is the perfect time to register! There are several convenient ways to sign up:
 
  1. You can register online at www.registerme.org
  2. iPhone users can register through the health app.
  3. You also can sign up when you visit your state motor vehicle and driver license office.
Be sure to tell your family about your decision. If the time comes, they won’t be surprised and they can help carry out your wishes.

Celebrate Donate Life Month with eMedical Urgent Care in NJ

This April, we encourage you to stop to feel the breeze, watch the pinwheels and think of the lives of those touched by donation and transplantation. Learn more about national organ and tissue donation at https://www.unos.org.

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Fast Results for Fractures with Onsite Digital X-Ray Services

Posted on Tue, Apr 18, 2017

Whether you fell off your bike on the local trails or your child failed a cool ninja move in the living room, if you think you may be dealing with a fractured or broken bone, trust in eMedical Urgent Care’s onsite digital X-ray services to get you the results you need - fast.

Fast Onsite Digital X-Ray Services Mean Fast Results

Faster imaging means you’ll be able to get treatment for your injury or illness quicker. Results are typically ready to view within a few minutes and allow providers the ability to digitally enhance and zoom in on the images for better viewing and a more accurate diagnosis. Plus, all of your images will be stored on a CD and handed to you before you leave so you can easily share them with other healthcare providers and specialists.

Common Conditions That Onsite Digital X-Ray Services Can Help Diagnose

Diagnosing a fracture can be complicated, as it depends on the location and how the fragments are aligned. And the first step in treating a fractured bone is to get an X-ray to determine the type of fracture (complete, incomplete, greenstick, compound or simple).

In addition to fractures, here are a few conditions our onsite digital X-ray services can aid in diagnosing:

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  • Stress fractures of bones in the foot
  • Hairline bone fractures
  • Knee problems
  • Minor bone fractures
  • Bone infections
  • Dislocations
  • Minor broken bones
  • Presence of foreign bodies
  • Congestion in the lungs
  • Pneumonia
  • Stomach issues
  • Kidney stones that may be opaque to regular X-rays
  • Fluid surrounding lungs
Is it a Break, Sprain or Strain?

Simply put, breaks involve bones, sprains involve ligaments, and strains involve muscles and tendons.

More than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falling, according to the CDC. Falls also can cause injuries in the wrist, arm, ankle, knee or multiple areas at once. Not sure if it’s a sprain, strain or a break? Your eMedical Urgent Care provider will examine the area, review X-rays and determine the severity of your injury to offer appropriate treatment options without the long wait (and price) of an ER visit.

Symptoms of a Fracture

Symptoms of a broken bone vary depending on the particular bone and the severity of the injury, but may include:
  • Pain, especially when flexing
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Deformity
  • Inability to use the limb
Onsite Digital X-Ray Services with Immediate Results

At eMedical Urgent Care, our walk-in digital X-ray services will provide you with fast results so you can learn your diagnosis the same day and begin treatment.

Both of our state-of-the-art facilities offer onsite digital X-ray services to quickly assist in the diagnosis of your injury. No appointment necessary! Available 7 days a week, including holidays, our low-radiation digital X-rays are an excellent option when you need results fast. We’ll even give you a CD of the images to share them with other medical providers, such as an orthopedic surgeon.

Visit us in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, 908.464.6700, or Middletown, New Jersey, 732.957.0707 today!

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Urgent Care Center Advises That You Turn Around, Don't Drown

Posted on Tue, Apr 04, 2017

311035-eMedical_Flooding_social-(1).pngEach year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather hazard. The Centers for Disease Control report that more than half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous floodwater. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near floodwaters.

“People underestimate the force and power of water,” explains Jane Sennett, D.O., medical director of eMedical Urgent Care. “Too many people ignore barriers and walk or drive into flooded roadways and walkways.”

eMedical Urgent Care encourages residents to be safe and follow The National Weather Service’s warning message, “Turn Around, Don't Drown®.”

Follow these safety rules:

• If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Stay away from flood-prone areas, including dips, low spots, valleys and ditches.
• Avoid flooded areas or those with rapid water flow. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast-flowing water to sweep you off your feet.
• Don’t allow children to play near high water, storm drains or ditches. Hidden dangers could lie beneath the water.
• Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. NEVER drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Most vehicles can float away in only two feet of water.
• Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washouts, particularly when threatening conditions exist.
• Be especially cautious when driving at night, as it’s harder to recognize flood dangers.
Monitor NOAA Weather Radio or your local media for vital weather-related information.

More information on flood safety is available through the National Weather Service, noaa.gov/floods or the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.

eMedical Urgent Care provides complete immediate medical care, lab services, X-rays and more, delivered by board-certified emergency physicians, family physicians and internists working with highly trained nurses, radiology techs and medical assistants. Its state-of-the-art electronic medical record system means a patient’s treatment information can easily be sent to his or her primary doctor for follow-up care.

Our physicians diagnose and treat a variety of urgent conditions, including colds, coughs and sore throats; ear infections; nausea and vomiting; allergies and rashes; urinary tract infections; sprains and strains; cuts and fractures. And, when patients require additional care, physicians can provide referrals to specialists, such as primary care physicians, orthopedists, allergists and ophthalmologists.

Located in Berkeley Heights and Middletown, N.J. eMedical Urgent Care is open seven days a week, including evenings, weekends and holidays. Patients are seen on a walk-in basis without appointment, or may schedule an appointment online by visiting www.emedicalurgentcare.com.

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Severe Spring Allergy Season - How to Find Relief

Posted on Tue, Mar 28, 2017

Spring-Allergy-Season-(1).jpgSpring is one of the most beautiful times in New Jersey. With the warmer weather, blooming trees and sunshine, everyone is ready to start enjoying the great outdoors again. But, unfortunately, this time of year is also known for the infamous spring allergy season, which reports are saying is going to be one of the most severe we’ve seen in a long time.

Severe Spring Allergy Season: Payback for Our Mild Winter?

According to AccuWeather, much of the East Coast is predicted to have increased levels of pollen this year due to the mild end to winter. That freakishly warm February caused many flowers, trees and shrub buds to start blooming early, which directly impacts our health.

This that this early spring season not only brings on a longer and more severe pollen season, but can also bring early-season disease-carriers such as mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.

Sneezing and Sniffling Ahead of Schedule?

In spring, the primary allergens are tree pollen and mold. Because of our mild winter, trees have started to bloom weeks before they normally do and the warmer weather caused mold spores to grow rather than go dormant over the winter months.

The good news is that only certain tree species produce the pollen that causes allergic reactions. These include oak, ash, willow, maple, mulberry, hickory, eastern red cedar and eastern poison ivy. The bad news? Trees are prolific pollinators, meaning that their pollen, which is light enough to float on a breeze, can travel for miles.

So, what’s an allergy sufferer to do?

When you breathe in allergens, your body releases chemicals that can cause itchy eyes, nasal swelling, excess mucus production and a scratchy throat. But taking an antihistamine isn’t the only way to fight off allergy symptoms.

Your best defense is prevention.

• Keep your home as clean and clutter-free as possible.
• Regulate humidity levels. Keep humidity levels in your home between 40-45 percent.
• Wash your hair after coming in from outside to keep pollen off your pillow.
• Wash your bedding in hot water (at least 140 degrees).
• Keep Fido off of furniture and off your bed.
• Remove shoes when you enter the house to avoid spreading pollen on carpet or rugs.
• Vacuum regularly, at least twice a week.
• Change HVAC filters often, at least monthly.
• Eat foods rich in antioxidants to fight off inflammation inside your body, a critical factor to help control allergy symptoms. Antioxidants are found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and green tea.
• Stay as stress-free as possible to keep your immune system strong.
• During peak pollen times, avoid being outside and keep your windows closed.
• Visit Pollen.com to stay up to date on the pollen counts where you live.
• Consider an over-the-counter allergy medication to control symptoms. Take them before symptoms appear or at the first sign of allergies.
• If symptoms don’t improve, visit your nearest eMedical Urgent Care center for an exam and possible prescription nasal spray or eye drops.
• Stay informed. Read more about allergies on our blog: What Causes Allergies? And Other Answers to Common Allergy Questions.

Find Spring Allergy Season Relief at eMedical Urgent Care

If your seasonal allergy symptoms become unbearable even with over-the-counter antihistamines, stop in to eMedical Urgent Care for an evaluation. Call our location in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 908.464.6700, or Middletown, New Jersey 732.957.0707 for more information and get the relief you need.

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Lyme Disease in New Jersey Remains a Serious Concern

Posted on Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Lyme-Disease-in-New-Jersey-(1).jpgPredictions show that things could be worse this year for Lyme Disease in New Jersey.

Lyme disease is passed on when a tick bites an animal, such as a mouse or deer that is infected with Borrelia burgdorferi then it bites a human. It’s the most commonly reported vector-borne sickness in the United States, and because of the unusually warm winter we’ve had, ticks will be making an earlier appearance this year in northern regions, such as New Jersey.

Not Just Lyme Disease

In 2015, there were approximately 5,000 cases of Lyme in New Jersey. And according to the New Jersey Department of Health, Morris, Monmouth and Hunterdon counties accounted for a third of those cases.

But the battle is not only with Lyme Disease; ticks carry at least 11 other diseases. From Heartland virus and Bourbon virus in the Midwest, to the Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI) in the South, to spotted fever in the West, since 1980, reports of new disease outbreaks have more than tripled every year.

Protecting Yourself from Ticks

If you spend a lot of time outside, you need to be able to protect yourself effectively. Ticks are more than just a nuisance; they’re a threat to our health. The next time you’re enjoying the great outdoors, consider these simple tricks to keep the ticks from latching on.

1. Cover Up or Lighten Up.

Tuck pants into your socks or boots, wear long sleeves when hiking or camping. If it’s too hot for long pants and long sleeves, at least wear light colored clothing and a hat so you have an easier time identifying ticks.

2. Repel Bugs.

If you prefer not to use insect repellent, consider adding some essential oils on your clothing and skin as a natural alternative to repel mosquitoes, black flies and ticks. Try lavender, pennyroyal, lemongrass, eucalyptus or lemon.

3. Carry a Lint Roller.

Pick up a lint roller with adhesive layers and take it with you when you’re outside. Roll it on your clothing every so often. You’ll be surprised what you pick up in a very short period of time.

4. Check Yourself.

Buddy up and check yourself, your family and your pets when you’ve been exposed to areas where ticks are likely located. Be vigilant and do tick checks after being outside. Every time.

Read our previous blog, “ Tick Removal and Prevention” for more information on identifying a tick, preventing tick bites, removing a tick and treatment after a tick bite.

Treatment for Tick Bites

If noticed early, Lyme disease can be treated. Signs and symptoms include a bull’s eye-shaped rash (occurring in about 60 to 80 percent of those infected) and flu-like symptoms such as a fever, fatigue, headaches, stiff neck, joint pain and muscle aches.

Note: not all blacklegged ticks are infected, and getting bitten doesn’t necessarily translate to the disease. But if you experience a tick bite and a characteristic red rash appears, visit a doctor ASAP. Be sure to take a picture of the tick and send it to TickEncounter Resource Center to be identified.

At eMedical Urgent Care, we provide tick removal as well as blood work for diagnosis of Lyme disease and treatment of other insect bites. Antibiotics are commonly used for oral treatment of this inflammatory disease, and if caught early, patients treated with antibiotics usually recover rapidly and completely. Never hesitate to seek medical attention for a tick bite.

Walk-ins are welcome at eMedical Urgent Care; no appointment is necessary. Call to learn more about our services in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, 908.464.6700, and Middletown, New Jersey, 732.957.0707.

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