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eMedical Urgent Care Helps Promote World CPR Challenge 2017 with Free CPR Classes

Posted on Mon, May 15, 2017

World CPR Challenge

World-CPR-Challenge-(2).jpgEach year, more than 350,000 Americans experience sudden cardiac arrest. Only 10 percent of individuals who experience cardiac arrest outside of the hospital will survive, according to the American Heart Association. However, when a bystander performs CPR until EMS arrives, studies show that the odds of the victim surviving can triple. Please join us to learn this life-saving skill throughout the week of May 21-27 as we promote the annual World CPR Challenge with free CPR classes (see details below).

About World CPR Challenge

To raise awareness and increase bystander CPR rates, American Medical Response (AMR), the nation’s largest provider of emergency medical services and medical transportation, along with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) are partnering for one of the largest bystander CPR trainings in history.

Hosted during May 21-27, National EMS Week, these three organizations are teaming up for the 5th annual World CPR Challenge.

Since kicking off the World CPR Challenge in 2013, AMR has seen bystander CPR double from 21 to 41 percent. The goals of the World CPR challenge are to continue to train more people in CPR and improve bystander CPR rates to increase the number of survivors from sudden cardiac arrest.

World CPR Challenge Message

Whether you’re hiking, at the mall or at home, life-threatening cardiac emergencies can happen anywhere at any time. A knowledgeable bystander can be the difference between life and death. You could be that bystander. It only takes a few minutes to learn the technique, so do something for yourself and the community by learning compression-only CPR.

Compression-only CPR allows bystanders to keep life-saving blood flowing through a victim’s body just by pressing on the chest in a hard, fast rhythm without mouth-to-mouth breaths.


When someone is found unresponsive, the AMR advises this simple and three-part response:

  • Call 911
  • Push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives.
  • Send someone to find an AED if possible.
Supporting Our Community Through the World CPR Challenge

eMedical Urgent Care will be offering free Compression-Only CPR classes. All classes are about an hour long.
 
  • Middletown office on Wednesday, May 24 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (limit 10 per class).
  • Berkeley Heights office on Thursday, May 25 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. (limit 8 per class).
To register, contact Susan Popik at susan.popik@emcare.com today.

eMedical Urgent Care is located in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 908.464.6700, and Middletown, New Jersey 732.957.0707 and brings advanced technology, innovative programs, patient-centered and family sensitive care to area residents. After work or on the weekends, we‘re available. At eMedical Urgent Care, patients are seen on a walk-in basis without an appointment; our convenient hours are designed to fit your busy schedule.

To learn more about the World CPR Challenge and how you can participate, visit www.amr.net/cpr.

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Outsmart Your Mold Allergy and 8 Other Spring Allergy Prevention Tips

Posted on Sun, Apr 30, 2017

Spring-Allergy-Prevention-(1).jpgMold lives everywhere and can cause allergic reactions year-round. Those who are allergic to the spores of mold or other fungi may feel the symptoms of hay fever, experience nasal congestion or worsening asthma. Like pollen, mold’s tiny spores can cause big trouble, but with careful planning, you don’t have to feel miserable. Outsmart your mold allergy for good and fight back with these spring allergy prevention tips.

Outsmart Your Mold Allergy

One in 20 Americans is allergic to mold. If you are one of them, staying away from fungi is key. Typically found in the bathroom, basement and kitchen, fungi grow in damp areas. To best reduce the odds of allergy symptoms indoors, take steps to control humidity levels in the air between 30 and 45 percent. A hygrometer is a tool used to measure humidity.

Unlike pollen, mold does not die with the first frost. It thrives on rotting plant life, logs, compost piles and fallen leaves outdoors, so make sure the yard is cleaned up regularly.

Other Spring Allergy Prevention Tips

The most common allergy triggers include tree, grass and weed pollen; mold spores; dust mite and cockroach allergens; and cat, dog and rodent dander, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Although there is no cure for allergies, several measures can help reduce the symptoms. Here are eight spring allergy prevention tips to help you fight back.

  1. Set alerts for local weather reports to find out when mold counts are high (you also can check the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's online U.S. map for current pollen and spore counts).
  2. Close up. During high-count times, reduce your exposure by keeping the windows shut in your house and car (run the air conditioner to filter out spores).
  3. Rethink your exercise schedule. If you love to workout outdoors, minimize your exposure on days with high pollen or mold counts. And, be sure to steer clear of major roads, as chemical irritants from exhaust can worsen allergy symptoms.
  4. Get smart about gardening. Wear a face mask whenever cleaning or doing yardwork.
  5. Filter the air. Use central air conditioning with a HEPA filter to help trap particulates throughout your entire home.
  6. Improve air flow through high-humidity rooms like the kitchen and bathroom by using exhaust fans.
  7. Keep your home clean. Upsetting an allergy source, such as dust, pet dander or mold spores, could send irritants into the air and cause serious reactions. Maintain a regular cleaning schedule, dust with a damp cloth, wash linens and curtains often, and reduce the number of pillows and fluffy toys around the house.
  8. Scrub up after spending time outside. Since pollen and mold spores can linger in your hair, clothing, skin and even eyelashes, give them the boot right away when you come inside. Same goes for Fido. Even if you’re not allergic to your dog, he can become an allergy magnet after an outside jaunt.
Additional Spring Allergy Prevention and Precautions

If these preventive tips don’t do the trick, consider a stronger treatment option, like an over-the-counter antihistamine to relieve symptoms. Other treatments include nasal rinses, steroid nasal sprays, antihistamines, decongestants and allergy shots.

If allergy symptoms interfere with normal day-to-day activities, you should see a doctor. At eMedical Urgent Care, our physicians provide urgent medical care to both adults and children with convenient hours designed to fit your busy schedule. Learn more about our services and how we can treat you and your family by calling our location in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 908.464.6700, or Middletown, New Jersey 732.957.0707.

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Kids and Spring Sport Injury Safety

Posted on Wed, Apr 26, 2017

Spring-Sport-Injury-(1).jpgYou already know that playing sports helps keep your child fit. You also know that sports are a fun way that they can socialize, meet new friends and develop leadership skills. And you may also know that a childhood spring sport injury may be inevitable. But, thankfully there are a few things you can do to help prevent them.

Spring Sport Injury Prevention

Organized Sports

Enroll your child in organized sports through the school or a community club where there is more likely to be an adult who is a certified athletic trainer (ATC). An ATC also is trained in how to prevent, recognize and care for common athletic injuries.

Protective Gear

Get the proper protective gear for particular sports and make sure your child knows the importance of using for every practice and games.

Warm Up and Cool Down

Make warm-ups and cool-downs an important part of your child’s routine before and after sports participation. Warm-up exercises, such as stretching and light cardiovascular movements can help minimize the chances of muscle strain or other soft-tissue injuries during sports. Cool-down exercises are just as important as they help to loosen the body’s muscles that have tightened during the practice or games.

Spring Sports Injury Prevention with Pre-Participation Physical

Most states require that kids and teens have a pre-participation sports physical before they can start a new competitive season. These exams are meant to help you find out about and deal with any health problems that could interfere with your child’s participation in the sport. Find out what to expect during the exam on our blog, “ Walk-In Camp and Sports Physicals.”

Just as professional sports stars require regular medical care to keep them playing their best, so do amateur athletes. Give your child the same edge as the pros by making sure they have their annual pre-participation sports physical.

Common Spring Sport Injuries

Some common spring sport injuries include:

1. Sprains and Strains

A sprain is an injury to the ligaments (typically a tear), commonly in the ankle. Ligaments are the fibrous tissues that connect two or more bones at a joint to prevent excessive movement of the joint.

A strain is an injury to either a muscle or a tendon. Tendons are the fibrous cord of tissues that connect muscle to bone.

2. Growth Plate Injuries

The growth plate is the area of developing tissues at the end of the long bones in growing children (fingers, outer bone of forearm, collarbone, hip, upper leg, lower leg bones, ankle and foot). Once growth is complete (sometime during adolescence) the growth plate is replaced by solid bone.

3. Repetitive Motion Injuries

Stress fractures (when ligament pulls off small pieces of bone) or tendonitis (inflammation of a tendon) can occur from overuse of muscles and tendons. Although these injuries don’t always show up on an X-ray, they do cause pain and discomfort but respond well to rest.

4. Heat-Related Illnesses

One common spring sport injury occurs because of weather conditions. Playing in the heat can be dangerous and even fatal. Children perspire less than adults and require a higher core body temperature to trigger sweating, which can make it hard to recognize overheating. Heat-related illnesses include dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Pre-Season Spring Sport Physicals

If a spring sport injury occurs, eMedical Urgent Care is here to help your child get back in the game and feel better fast. Learn more about our services and how we can treat you by calling our location in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 908.464.6700, or Middletown, New Jersey 732.957.0707. We welcome you to walk in, get your exam and be on your way.

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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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