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How To Prepare For Your Colonoscopy?

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

The purpose of a colonoscopy is to look inside your colon (large intestine) for polyps, ulcers, cancers and other conditions. Just before the procedure starts, you will receive some medicine to make you sleepy. Most people do not remember having the procedure. The doctor will pass a flexible tube from below. The tube has a camera and a headlight which allows the doctor to see the inside of your colon on a TV monitor. The doctor can also take biopsies of abnormal areas.

What To Eat Before Your Colonoscopy?

One Day Before:

  • Do not eat any solid food the day before your colonoscopy.
  • You may only eat a clear liquid diet.
  • Avoid red and purple foods like strawberries, blackberries, cherries, raspberries, pomegranates, grapes.
  • Be sure to drink at least 12 tall glasses of clear liquids throughout the day in addition to what is instructed for your bowel prep.
  • Follow the directions on the information packet of your "bowel prep" medication.
  • Do not drink alcohol.

The Day Of The Procedure:

  • Do not eat any solid food.
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • If your procedure is scheduled in the morning, then take no liquids either until after the procedure (except for approved medications).
  • If your procedure is scheduled in the afternoon, then you may drink only clear liquids until 4 hours prior to your arrival time.
  • You can eat a regular diet once you are fully awake after the test is over.

Walk-in to any of our clinics and get your colonoscopy referral. Talk to our healthcare providers about the procedure. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.


5 First Aid Tips For A Suspected Fracture

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Whether you are playing a sport or rock climbing, if someone around you gets injured and you suspect it might be a fracture, it is important to act promptly. By following the correct steps before seeking help, you can avoid further injury. Before getting the person to our urgent care center, follow the pointers below. 

  1. Don't move the person. If the individual looks like they have sustained a major injury, do not move them at all. You would be risking displacing the bone even more than it already is.

  2. Immobilize the fractured limb. As you wait to transport the person to our urgent care center, do what you can to keep the injured body part in place. If you or someone nearby is trained in first aid, apply a splint to the arm or leg.

  3. Apply ice. Prevent swelling by applying ice directly to the injured area. Wrap an ice pack or bag of ice in a towel and hold it gently to the skin.

  4. Look for other injuries. As you stabilize the patient, scan their body for other injuries. Apply pressure to any bleeding and notice any bruising.

  5. If you can, lay the person down with their head slightly lower than the rest of their body and elevate their legs.

CALL 911 IF THE PERSON:

  • Is bleeding uncontrollably
  • Has a numb, cold, pale, or blue ankle/foot
  • Is unable to move the foot
  • Is in shock (faint, pale, with rapid shallow breathing)

Stop by any of our clinics to talk to our healthcare providers. We offer in-house xrays.  Please call us at (855) 9 FOR DOC and you'll only wait minutes to be seen.


How To Use Your Inhaler

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An inhaler is usually prescribed for respiratory diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (bronchitis, emphysema). Using your inhaler correctly delivers the medication to your lungs, where it can work to control your symptoms. Using an inhaler incorrectly means that little or no medicine reaches the lungs.

How to use your inhaler?

  1. Take off the inhaler cap and make sure the mouthpiece and spray hole are clean.
  2. Shake the inhaler 10 to 15 times.
  3. Without the inhaler, take a deep breath and breathe out all the way.
  4. Hold the inhaler upright with the spray hole about 1-2 inches away from your mouth.
  5. Begin to breathe in slowly.
  6. Press down on the inhaler one time and keep breathing in.
  7. Hold your breath for 5-10 seconds.
  8. Open your mouth and breathe out slowly.

Stop by any of our clinics to talk to our healthcare providers. We can demonstrate how to use an inhaler. We also have in-house nebulizer machines at all our locations, if needed. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.


Learn to identify the signs of a stroke. Act F.A.S.T!

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care
A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is cut off or when a blood vessel bursts. Stroke kills more than 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths. Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, or even death.

If you think that you or someone else is having a stroke, call 911 immediately.
All the major symptoms of stroke appear suddenly, and often there is more than one symptom at the same time. With timely treatment, the risk of death and disability from stroke can be lowered. By knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke, you can be prepared to take quick action and perhaps save a life—maybe even your own.

Take a few minutes to learn the five major signs and symptoms of a stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms, or legs
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T and do the following simple test:

F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

T—Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Note the time when any symptoms first appear. Some treatments for stroke only work if given in the first 3 hours after symptoms appear. Do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Call an ambulance so that medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room.

Source: CDC


7 Tips To Prevent Swimmer's Ear

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

What is Swimmer's Ear?

Swimmer’s ear (otitis externa) is an infection of the ear canal, which is a slender channel about one-inch long that leads from the outer ear to the eardrum. Symptoms of swimmer’s ear can include pain, redness, and swelling of the ear canal and an itchy feeling in the ear. Pain when tugging the earlobe, or when chewing food, is also a symptom. Some patients report temporary hearing loss or their ears feeling “full.” Patients may experience symptoms differently and at different levels of severity. It is important to note that swimmer’s ear is different from a middle ear infection, which is common in young children.

What Causes Swimmer's Ear?

Swimmer’s ear is an infection that occurs when water remains trapped in the ear canal. This moist environment is ideal for the growth of bacteria, and, in rare cases, fungus. Some patients get swimmer’s ear from swimming, although it can happen from bathing, showering, or even sweating. A lack of earwax due to aggressive cleaning with cotton swabs or small objects can cause swimmer’s ear. Earwax limits the growth of bacteria and is a natural barrier to moisture. Skin conditions such as eczema, and chemicals from hairspray or dyes, can also prompt swimmer’s ear.

7 Tips For Preventing Swimmer's Ear

  1. Never put anything in the ear canal (cotton swabs, paper clips, liquids or even your finger). This can damage or irritate the skin.
  2. Leave ear wax in the canal.
  3. Do not use ear plugs. They can irritate the ear canal.
  4. If you swim or surf, use a bathing cap to keep water out of your ears.
  5. Keep your ears as dry as possible. Use a towel to dry your ears well after swimming or showering. 
  6. Help the water run out of your ears by turning your head to each side and pulling the earlobe in different directions. 
  7. Blow dry your ears on a low setting, holding the dryer 12 inches away.

If you or a family member experience any of the above symptoms, walk-in to any of our clinics for an evaluation and talk to our health care providers. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.


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