MD Now Explains Top Seven Reasons for Holiday Urgent Care Visits

Urgent care centers playing key role in holiday patient load
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MD Now medical centers today announced increases in holiday injuries from accidents involved with cooking and decorating in and around the house. MD Now expects those numbers to hold or rise as patients rush in with cold- and flu-like illness, as well as those who overindulge with eating and drinking.

 “As the largest urgent care provider in South Florida, our physicians see everything, from children who awake Christmas morning with pinkeye, to the pre-holiday meal carving accident,” said Peter Lamelas, MD, medical director of MD Now. “Rushing under stress during the holidays leaves people prone to injury, so MD Now Urgent Care Centers maintains normal 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. operating hours, even on holidays.”

MD Now Urgent Care typically sees holiday increases of the following:

Falls – sprains and fractures of the leg, ankle and hip from decorating

Lacerations – sliced fingers that lead to postponed meals and urgent care trips

Burns – dangling sleeves over a hot stove or rushing to remove meals from the oven can also create nasty burns

Heartburn/indigestion – eating too much food, too fast can produce symptoms that mimic heart attack

Food poisoning – cooking meat below suggested temperatures or eating a bird before it has completely defrosted

Flu and colds – ignoring illness signs and attending a gathering can spread germs quickly

Depression – loneliness and isolation of individuals without friends and family nearby

 

To combat some of these, MD Now Urgent Care physicians recommend the following:

Hire a professional, if the job puts you too far from the floor

Use only sharp knives and in experienced carvers’ hands

Plan ahead, pre-cook dishes and freeze meals to prevent the rush that leads to injuries

Eat, drink and be merry, but in moderation

Check cooking temperatures with meat thermometers and prevent food spoilage

Routinely use an “alcohol based” liquid hand sanitizer

Doctors’ offices are closed during the holidays and emergency rooms are crazy busy; remember most certified urgent care centers, like MD Now, are open 7 days a week, including holidays.

Urgent care centers can close the gap between the ER and primary care doctors. They manage acute and episodic illness and injury and can help manage chronic illness, giving medication and coordinating follow-up care with the patients’ doctor when unavailable.