Common Holiday Accidents and How To Avoid Them

Posted by on December 17, 2013

clinics franklin tn - holiday accident image“‘Tis the season to be jolly”—and did you know that it’s also the season for a variety of holiday accidents?  Just as “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” car crashes, falls, burns, and stress-related heart attacks displace our celebrations.  According to statistics, 40% of annual pedestrian accidents happen during the holidays.  And decking the halls can become downright dangerous if we’re not careful.  So here’s a quick heads up from your local urgent care clinic to keep you safe this holiday season!

Holiday-related fires injure over 1000 people annually. Christmas trees cause over 200 fires each year and candles are the culprit in many of those fires.  Space heater burns and burns acquired while cooking multiply at this time of year.   Holiday decorating accidents send over 1200 people to their local health care facility.  Falls due to inclement weather and tripping over holiday decorations and wiring add numbers to the accident tally.  Car accidents occur as, “bearing gifts, we traverse afar” “in a winter wonderland.”   And packing up all those gifts presents another risk—injuries due to lifting presents and carrying luggage are part of the mix.

As if it wasn’t enough, we must also watch what we eat in order to guard against weight gain through all the festivities. And food-borne illnesses require our attention as well so beware the leftovers.  And it isn’t just calories that must be watched.  Holiday plants that are poisonous to children and pets include poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly berries.

Winter sports also contribute a share in the injury numbers.  Did you know that 35,000 sledding accidents are recorded every winter?  Treatments ranging from cut wounds to skull fractures factor into these winter injury statistics.

As your local emergency physicians, Physicians Urgent Care wants to remind you that most holiday accidents occur when our attention is diverted from what we’re doing.  Avoiding distractions and being aware of your surroundings can help to avoid mishaps and related injuries. If you do need medical attention the season, your Franklin Urgent Care facility is here to take care of you.  We wish you and yours safety, peace and joy this season, and a happy New Year!

Symptoms of Pneumonia and Bronchitis

Posted by on December 5, 2013

Does that cold seem to have a grip on you that you’re just not able to shake?  You’ve taken a ton of vitamin C, drank a river of orange juice, and you still have that cough and sore throat? Feeling feverish? Hurts to breathe?  As for energy, forget it.  That went out the window a long time ago, right? Maybe you don’t have a cold. Maybe you have pneumonia. Or bronchitis.

But how do you know? Pneumonia, an infection of the lungs, and bronchitis, an infection of the airways, have similar symptoms. However, the differences are sufficiently distinct for diagnosis and treatment.

Pneumonia Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms for pneumonia may be mild or severe, affected by various conditions. Both bacterial pneumonia and viral pneumonia can become life-threatening, especially when coupled with age or overall ill health.

Pneumonia usually comes on quickly with symptoms. The symptoms are cough and irritated throat, fever and chills, aching muscles and fatigue, and fast, shallow breathing. Symptoms may also include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Children generally experience symptoms similar to adults. But in adults over the age of 65, the symptoms exhibited may be milder, or varied, with lower than normal temperature.

Pneumonia may present itself as the flu at first. “Walking pneumonia” is associated with milder symptoms similar to a cold, but lasting longer and is usually diagnosed in young adults.

Bronchitis Signs and Symptoms

Bronchitis symptoms include cough (“wet” or “dry”), mild fever and chills, chest discomfort, and fatigue. The inflammation and narrowing of the air passages from the nose to the lungs causes difficulty in breathing, and often develops after a cold. The cough may last weeks, or even months.

If shortness of breath worsens, your cough produces blood, your fever is persistent and high, or your skin or nails become gray, seek treatment immediately. Complications can quickly become dangerous. Tests will be done to diagnose your illness. After receiving treatment, don’t rush your recovery. Rest, be certain to take the prescribed medications to completion, and drink plenty of hydrating fluids.

Our four Middle Tennessee Physicians Urgent Care locations are open seven days a week to care for you should you experience any summertime illness!

West Nashville –  On Charlotte Pike, in front of the Nashville West Shopping Center

Brentwood –  Off Old Hickory Blvd, near Firebirds and the Well Coffee Shop

Berry Farms – Located off the Goose Creek Bypass in the Berry Farms Town Center, just down from Publix.

Franklin – On the corner of Route 96 & Carothers Parkway in front of Williamson County Medical Center.

 

 

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

Posted by on October 8, 2013

Halloween Safety Tips Franklin, TN Urgent CareHaving fun on Halloween follows only Christmas and their own birthday for days that make kids happy. But what was, in the past, a carefree evening for kids in the neighborhood has become a night of concern for parents everywhere.

There has to be a balance in the mix of how to allow your children to have a great evening of innocent fun and still manage to keep them safe from harm. There are ways to make it work, and parents can incorporate several Halloween safety tips that will give them peace of mind while the kiddos have an exciting night.

Let’s look at some ideas that afford both parents and children just what they’re looking for on Halloween.

Visibility

Visibility is a major concern for parents and drivers after dark. Dress your children in light-colored costumes, and add strips of reflective tape to both the front and back of the costume. Flashlights or glow sticks are also a good idea for the kiddos to carry. Together these “tricks” will make the kids easier to be seen.

Remind your children of general safety rules for crossing the streets when they are out for Halloween. If they’ll check both ways before stepping out into the street, and have their flashlight and reflective clothing, they’ll see cars before there is danger, and drivers will be able to see them.

Costume Considerations

Well-fitting costumes that are the right length for your child protect him from tripping over his own clothes, lessening the risk of falls. She may want to wear high heeled shoes, but she’ll be safer and more comfortable in flatter-soled footwear.

Flame-retardant costumes, whether of manufactured fireproof fibers, or through chemical treatment, will help keep kids safe. Do-it-yourself sprays are also available if you make up the costume from home clothing.

Face-painting wins out over a mask in offering children a full field of vision. If a mask is part of the costume, be certain the eye holes are large enough for good range of vision, and that the nose holes allow for easy breathing.

Name tags that include a phone number may be a good precaution.

Treats

Feed your children well before they go out to gather treats. This will help them to follow your rule of not eating any of their candy until they return home and you have opportunity to examine it. After you’ve gone through everything, let them know that eating only a few pieces of candy at a time allows the treats to last longer. Not that anyone really expects that “trick” to work, but you can always try.

Accompaniment

For ultimate protection and peace of mind, accompany your children on Halloween. Take a group for even more fun together. If you are unable to go with your kids, pay a trusted teen-ager to herd them for you. Remind them that they are not to go into any houses, nor get into any vehicles with strangers. Only going to doors where the home’s porch light burns is a good rule to follow.

Halloween safety is important to us all. Following these few tips can go a long way to making this Halloween a happy night for everyone. And when you tuck your children safely into bed, remember—only a few pieces of candy at a time!

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The Affordable Care Act: Countdown to Coverage

Posted by on September 10, 2013

How will the affordable care act affect me?How, exactly, will the new health care law, The Affordable Care Act, affect you and your family?  Who will answer your questions?  Who will be covered?  What conditions will be covered?  What are the premiums to be, and how are they set?  When does all this start, anyway?  Where do you go for information that will clear up the confusion that abounds right now?

One site to search for your options for health care coverage that lays out information on the various plans offered, private insurance plan comparisons, comprehensive benefits and qualification information, and facts regarding cost to you is http://www.healthcare.gov/. This site has the latest data for determining which insurance plans are available to you in your state, and how to enroll in your selected plan.

All of the coverage plans offered under The Affordable Care Act are required to cover a comprehensive set of benefits including doctor visits, wellness care, hospital stays, and prescriptions. Denial of coverage due to pre-existing conditions is prohibited, and everyone must be fairly treated under the prescribed plans.

Coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014. Check out the government’s healthcare site as soon as possible for how all this works for you and what your benefits will be.  There are key deadlines, so visit the site for resources and checklists available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in English and Spanish and other languages.  Find out if you qualify for programs such as Medicaid or CHIP or lower premiums and out-of-pocket costs.

The Affordable Care Act is set to make changes in the lives of millions of Americans. Health insurance billed to fit your budget and meet your health needs is set to take effect with the coming New Year.  If you need to speak with a knowledgeable customer service representative, call 1-800-318-2596. Get informed, get coverage, and get ready for government-provided health care.

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Urgent Care Facilities versus the Emergency Room

Posted by on August 6, 2013

child with broken arm, cast, urgent careNot so long ago, when your seven-year-old fell out of the tree and broke his arm, your only recourse was the Emergency Room.  There you were offered an ice pack to place on the break, and had to wait for hours until it was your turn to be seen.  But no longer is this your only choice.  Now you can see an ER doctor without the lengthy wait.

Physicians Urgent Care in Franklin, TN , brings quality medical services to the residents of Williamson County.  Come on in, and you or your family member can be seen within a fraction of the time you’d expect in an ER, and be charged a fraction of the cost, as well.  While time and expense are both less, the patient care is no less than exceptional.  Staffed with actual ER doctors, the goal of Physicians Urgent Care is to provide high quality health care with the utmost skill and personal attention.

Equipped with the latest resources that allow for precise diagnosis and treatment, Physicians Urgent Care is fully prepared to cover a wide range of illnesses and injuries.  With on-site X-ray, in-house lab, and private treatment rooms, you are guaranteed the best level of care at our walk-in clinic. With no appointment necessary and open 7 days a week, illnesses, fractures, and serious lacerations that most doctor offices can’t accommodate are attended to with an exceptional level of skill and sensitivity.

Providing efficient, affordable, and trustworthy medical attention for children, adults, and seniors, Physicians Urgent Care, in Franklin, Tennessee, is a mission of healing when your health is in jeopardy. The next time you experience a need for emergency care, come to your nearest Physicians Urgent Care, where our Franklin patients are the focus of attention.

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