Vacation? Protect Yourself From Zika

Zika virus is a growing concern for people traveling this summer, as it has begun spreading rapidly through new regions in Central America and the United States.

Zika virus typically has very mild symptoms, but it can put people at risk of complications such as infant microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. There is currently no cure or vaccine for the Zika virus.

AFC Urgent Care wants you and your family to be protected while on vacation, so if you’re planning to travel to an area that has been affected by Zika, like Africa, Southeast Asia, Central and South America, or the Pacific Islands, read on for our tips to keep yourself safe.

Avoid going out during peak mosquito activity. Early morning and early evening are the most active times for mosquitoes, so you should try to avoid spending a lot of time outside during those times of day. Careful planning can allow you to have breakfast and dinner inside and still enjoy the sights and experiences of your destination.

Use insect repellents. Bug sprays registered with the Environmental Protection Agency are the most likely to be effective at keeping mosquitoes away. You can also treat your clothing with permethrin, an insecticide and repellent that acts like natural extracts from the chrysanthemum flower. This chemical is widely-used by public health mosquito control programs, and it can give the wearer a bubble of protection.

Studies have shown that permethrin is one of few pesticides that could be safe for young children.

Use barriers like netting and clothing. You can add a physical barrier between you and mosquitoes by wearing loose-fitting clothing that covers most of your skin. Thin, loose fabric can keep you cool in warm climates, while allowing you to protect yourself from bites. You can also add mosquito netting to baby strollers, hats and hotel rooms that don’t have window screens or air conditioning. These measures can keep you protected around the clock!

Use condoms or abstinence. To prevent sexual transmission of the Zika virus, doctors recommend the same measures you can take against other sexually transmitted diseases. Employing physical barriers like condoms or abstaining from sexual activity are two very effective ways to protect yourself from Zika!

The Zika virus has begun to spread quickly through countries like Brazil, and many cases have been confirmed in the United States. While the disease can be unnoticeable when you contract it, there are complications that can make the virus a much bigger health problem.

If you need more information, visit your local AFC Urgent Care for advice on vaccines and other ways you can keep your family healthy while on vacation!
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Certified Radiologic Technologist Job Opening

Memphis Area Candidates: Come join the AFC Urgent Care Team!

Certified Radiologic Technologist Job Description:

-Full time

-The shift is 8am-8pm Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday

-Applicant must be registered in radiology through the ARRT

-Tennessee state license is preferred

-Experience is preferred, but not required

-Job responsibilities include but are not limited to: X-ray, Front Desk, Triage, EKG, Labs, Breath Alcohol Testing, and DOT Drug screens

-Must have good attitude, get along well with others, have a good bedside manner to deal with sick patients, and willing to take directions

-Knowledge of EMR DocuTAP, MS Word and Excel preferred

Please send resume and references and a digital copy of your current ARRT card and Tennessee State License to memphisteam@afcurgentcare.com

 

 

 

Lost Time from Injury is a Loss in Productivity to Most Companies, Big or Small

All types of businesses and all sizes from small businesses to large corporations benefit from using urgent care centers in terms of the reduced lost-time-on-the-job we provide over a primary care doctor’s office and in the cost of services, which are much cheaper than an ER.

If your employees aren’t well, business suffers. If business suffers, your bottom line suffers. As a business leader you’ve got enough to worry about. You also need an Occupational Health and Workers Compensation clinic that can deliver prompt, accurate communication, a key building block to effective occupational health services.

At AFC/Doctors Express, we’ve designed programs that promote streamlined record keeping, enable a quick return to work, and keep you fully aware of your employee’s health status.

Here are just a few examples of the types of illness and injury we treat that may be related to occupational health or worker’s comp:

  • Colds, Coughs and Flu
  • Cuts and Bruises
  • Earaches and Infections
  • Broken Bones & Fractures
  • Burns, Rashes and Bites
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea
  • Allergies and Asthma
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Nausea and Headaches
  • Eye Injuries
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Back Injury and Pain

And here are just a few examples of occupational health services we provide to meet federal regulations you and/or your employees may be subject to and some of the preventive care services you may offer to employees as part of their compensation or for pre-employment qualifications your company may require of new hires:

  • DOT medical services for CDL certification and re-certification
  • Flu shots and flu tests
  • INS physicals and shots
  • Pre-employment physicals and drug screens
  • Executive health and wellness physicals
  • Pre-operative physicals

AFC/Doctors Express offers employers an occupational medicine program that is an integrated, comprehensive source for health services.

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The top 4 health concerns facing Americans

The United States is one of the most diverse nations in the world. As different as we may seem, our health issues can be very similar. Health care trends tend to be pretty consistent across large swaths of the population, so it’s important to pay attention when one becomes widespread.

  1. The No. 1 health condition in the U.S. is heart disease. It is one of the leading causes of death, comprising more than a quarter of all deaths annually. It is estimated that someone has a heart attack in the U.S. every 43 seconds. To prevent heart disease, doctors recommend routine physical activity, a diet full of fresh produce and limited alcohol consumption.
  2. Obesity is a huge health concern in the U.S., and it affects more people each year. Staving off weight gain is difficult for many Americans, as they lack the time and resources to easily maintain a healthy lifestyle. In fact, many parts of America are referred to as “food deserts,” meaning that more than a third of the population resides an unreasonable distance away from a well-equipped and affordable grocery store, farmer’s market or other healthy food provider. Often, these same communities are also classified as “play deserts,” meaning they don’t have safe spaces for residents to be active outdoors.
  3. Another problem hospitals all over the country are facing is the growing resistance of some strains of bacteria to antibiotic treatments. Bacteria can evolve very quickly, which means that resistance to antibiotics is presenting an ever-greater challenge to health care providers. MRSA, strep throat and tuberculosis have all been the subjects of research since the early 2000s as antibiotic resistant strains have emerged. Recent epidemics of the diseases, especially in hospital settings, are scary because there are fewer ways to treat them.
  4. A public health issue that has been receiving more attention lately is the impact of stress on mental, physical and emotional health. According to a poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, a quarter of Americans say they are under a “high level” of stress. Stress not only contributes to chronic health issues like headaches, muscle pain and sleep problems, but it has also been linked to the worsening of seemingly unrelated health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Experts recommend that people who deal with chronic stress get routine checkups and find effective coping methods.

These are the most common health problems facing the U.S. today. The good news is that preventive care can go a long way in helping people who might be at risk of developing these issues.

Here at the Memphis AFC/Doctors Express (soon to be AFC Urgent Care), we can take many of these issues and recommend immediate and long-term solutions that will fit your lifestyle, without requiring you to make an appointment.

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Do you have any of these symptoms? If so, time to see a doctor.

So you’re sick … or someone you care about is sick, or injured.

Just what are some of the symptoms or warning signs that signal you shouldn’t “tough out” the illness or injury at home?

In general, if you have an injury or illness that demands immediate attention, yet isn’t urgent enough to justify a trip to a hospital emergency room (ER) or emergency department, it still is likely urgent enough to not wait on getting an appointment with a doctor, which may take several days.

Instead, go to an urgent care clinic or center where no appointments are needed and you will be seen by a doctor.

An injury that is truly life-threatening – a cardiac event, for instance, a serious or compound bone fracture, a dramatic injury to the head – are all best treated at a hospital emergency room.

On the other hand, a household cut or burn, a persistent low-grade fever, flu-like symptoms, or joint sprains can all be easily treated at urgent care. And while urgent care centers generally aren’t open 24 hours a day, most of them open early and close late.

Here are some of the conditions for which a trip to a conveniently located urgent care is a good solution:

  1. Cold or flu symptoms: Nasal congestion, sneezing and runny nose, low-grade fever, sore throats, and chills can all be easily treated at urgent care.
  2. Earaches: An ear infection can be serious if left untreated, and urgent care can provide the proper treatment, or provide a prescription for an antibiotic.
  3. Foreign objects: A cinder or speck of dust in your eye can feel like a boulder when you can’t flush it out and your eyes are red and irritated. And children are known for getting pieces of toys and games stuck in the strangest places — including up their noses and inside their ears. These are routine issues for urgent-care staff.
  4. Migraine headaches: Migraine victims often need prescription pain medication stronger than the average headache sufferer requires. Urgent care can provide them.
  5. Burns: A household burn can be incredibly painful, but it’s easily treated at urgent care. Serious (third-degree) burns are better treated at the emergency room.
  6. Sprains: If you’ve hurt your wrist or turned an ankle on the tennis court or the front stair, urgent care is fine. Same thing with a pulled back muscle, a bad bruise or bump from a fall, or simple household accident.
  7. Breathing difficulties: Allergy or asthma attacks that are making it difficult to breathe and may require either medication or a prescription inhaler can be handled at urgent care.
  8. Cuts: They’re among the most common household injuries, and as long as the bleeding is controllable, they can be handled at urgent care – including those that may need a few stitches.
  9. Abdominal pain, nausea, or diarrhea: Urgent care is equipped to dispense anti-nausea and anti-diarrhea medications. If the pain is severe, and appendicitis is a possibility, or if you’ve been so ill that you’re dehydrated, the emergency room could be a better option.
  10. Rashes: Urgent care can address skin irritations or eruptions caused by poison oak, poison ivy, and/or minor food allergies.

In summary, an injury that might permanently impair or endanger an individual’s life is best handled by an emergency room – including seizures or loss of consciousness, serious head or neck injuries, poisonings, knife or gunshot wounds, or fever in newborns.

However, with more “everyday” medical matters, urgent care can handle pretty much any and all nonlife-threatening conditions, which is what we do every day, 7 days a week at #AFC #DoctorsExpress urgent care in #Memphis. DE to AFC soon small size

Have You Heard About What Has Happened At Doctors Express?

We started out as Doctors Express in 2010 here in Memphis and last year, we merged with American Family Care.

For a year now, we’ve been known as AFC/Doctors Express Memphis, providing urgent care in a walk-in clinic setting for ages 6 and older and in a family-friendly environment.

Here’s what is going to happen since we are changing to AFC Urgent Care: Nothing, really. Except the name change.

Some things really do stay the same and here’s what you’ll get from us as we begin the name change to AFC Urgent Care:

You’ll never need an appointment at AFC Urgent Care in Memphis. We operate on a first come, first served basis.

We also will continue offering occupational health services and treating work comp injuries. We will still be a DOT certified clinic for medical services needed to certify a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) or to re-certify one and we will still be doing DOT-required BATs (Blood Alcohol Tests).

Patients Will Always See A Doctor At AFC Urgent Care

We’re still going to be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., 7 days a week.

We still will be accepting most insurance plans. If you have questions about insurance or need directions, please feel free to call us at 901-881-0331.

We’re still going to be located at 5475 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119, near the intersection of Poplar & Yates and just a block and a half west of the I-240 & Poplar Interchange.

Get Quality, Fast, Convenient Medical Care at AFC Urgent Care

Our professional and experienced medical staff will still be treating numerous medical needs, including:

-DOT & INS Physicals
-Drug Screens
-Colds & Coughs
-Flu & Strep
-Breaks & Sprains
-Infections
-Allergies, Bites & Rashes
-Lacerations & Burns
-Earaches, Fevers & Pediatric Illness
-Upset Stomachs & Vomiting
-Various Aches & Pains
-Sports Injuries
-Sinus Cocktail Shots w/Doctor Consultation and Approval

And, we will still be providing our patients with high-quality urgent care at a lower cost than traditional primary care.

Why wait to see a primary care doctor where you must have an appointment when you can walk in to AFC Urgent Care with no appointment needed and see a doctor, usually in 15 minutes or less?

We have a comfortable waiting area and a very friendly and professional staff of doctors, x-ray technologists, and medical assistants who are here to not only provide you with high quality care but to also make your visit to AFC Urgent Care a positive experience.

As always – In case of a life threatening emergency, immediately call 911 or go straight to the nearest emergency room.

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7 Must Knows on Winter and Holiday Health and Safety

54db54f1c38e184df250bb0f9dd06f3cThe holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, to be grateful, and reflect on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health. Here are some holiday tips to support your efforts for health and safety this season.

1. Keep your hands clean by washing them often.

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands often with soap and clean running water, and rub them together for at least 20 seconds. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. Remember:

  • 1a. Cover Your Mouth When You Cough (cough into your sleeve or elbow NOT your hands)
  • 1b. Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives

2. Stay warm.

Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants and older adults. Stay dry, and dress warmly in several layers. Remember:

  • 2a. Stay dry
  • 2b. Dress in warm layers

3. Manage stress.

The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health and pocketbook. Keep your commitments and spending in check. Balance work, home, and play. Get support from family and friends. Keep a relaxed and positive outlook. Make sure to get proper sleep. Remember:

  • 3a. Don’t overcommit – to parties, events, or volunteer work
  • 3b. Get enough sleep
  • 3c. Don’t overspend

4. Travel safely.

Whether you’re traveling across town or around the world, help ensure your trip is safe. Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let someone else drink and drive. Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt appropriate for his/her height, weight, and age. Remember:

  • 4a. Don’t drink and drive
  • 4b. Don’t ride with anyone drinking and driving
  • 4c. Wear your seatbelt all the time, even for short distances
  • 4d. Always buckle in the children
  • 4e. Use the right car safety restraint for your child’s age/height/weight

5. Be smoke-free.

Avoid smoking and breathing other people’s smoke. If you smoke, quit today! Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or talk to your health care provider for help.

6. Get check-ups.

Exams and screenings can help find potential problems early, when the chances for treatment and cure are often better. Call us at (901) 254-8040 about needed check-ups and exams. We can tell you on the phone about them or you can come to AFC/Doctors Express, no appointment needed, and see a doctor.

7. Get Vaccinations.

Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Our vaccination clinic partner is any Shot Nurse in the Memphis area. You may call Shot Nurse directly at (901) 685-9999 to ask them what vaccinations and tests you should get based on your age, lifestyle, travel plans, medical history, and family health history or click here to go to the Shot Nurse web site for more information on their vaccination services.

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