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FIRSTMED URGENT CARE - COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS

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Besides individuals, our medical professionals also take care of your employees with their expertise in occupational medicine. We know all too well how time, money and productivity can be lost when one of your employees needs professional medical attention. Let us take proper care of your employees and your business with quick, efficient and thorough health services.



1950 East 7000 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84121

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  • Monday - Friday 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Saturday 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Sunday 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Family Doctor 84084

If your needs are beyond your family doctor’s medical expertise, she or he can help you find a competent and trustworthy specialist, one you’re sure to get along well with. This is better than trying to find your own specialist, which can result in an extensive period of trial and error. Let us keep your stress to a minimum and your health at the maximum.

If your needs are beyond your family doctor’s medical expertise, she or he can help you find a competent and trustworthy specialist, one you’re sure to get along well with. This is better than trying to find your own specialist, which can result in an extensive period of trial and error. Let us keep your stress to a minimum and your health at the maximum.


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Back to school, back to health with your family doctor

The back-to-school season is too often also the back to the family doctor season. In schools today, children are often very close to each other, making it easy to spread germs that they can then bring back home and pass on to siblings and parents — often prompting a visit to the family doctor.

Here are some tips from your family doctor to protect your children’s health at school — and your own, as well. After all, your child's health is of utmost importance.

Make visiting your family doctor a health a routine

Starting a new school year means getting back to the old routine: getting up early, packing lunches, dressing properly, checking schedules and balancing school, work, after-school activities, social life, athletics and family time.

You can help strengthen your children’s and your whole family’s health by reinforcing healthy habits, too. Lead by example and encourage children to do simple but effective things like exercising regularly, getting outdoors often, eating healthy and getting enough sleep.

Vaccinate

Immunizing your children is the best way to protect them against diseases that used to kill thousands of people: diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, whooping cough, and tuberculosis.

Making sure your own and your children’s vaccinations are complete and up to date also helps to protect the whole community against outbreaks.

And it protects the community, as well. There is no danger of your kids developing these diseases from the immunization.

Practice good hygiene

Frequent hand washing, sneezing into your elbow — build these habits at home so they carry over into the school.

Give your children hand sanitizer to take to school. Remind them to use it before eating lunch or snacks, and after using things that other people use, such as a water fountain, computer, or pencil sharpener.

Discourage children from sharing food, especially drinks with school friends to reduce spread of germs, as well as to avoid exposure to potential allergies.

Eat healthy

A healthy diet is one of the most effective ways to build up your whole family’s health. Make sure everyone gets plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Your family doctor, as well as the US Department of Agriculture and the Harvard School of Public Health recommend that half of every meal should be fruits and vegetables. Medical studies suggest that we all eat 5 to 10 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. If that seems like a lot, remember that a single apple counts as two servings. Sprinkling berries onto breakfast cereal, adding a carrot and an apple to a school lunch, fruit for an after-school snack, and adding a salad along with a vegetable to dinner, plus fruit for dessert easily brings you to that level.

Instead of sugary treats and candies, pack fruits and vegetables your kids like to eat.

A recent study found that a large number of kids bring their lunches back home from school. Check to see whether your children are eating healthy, and find out why if they’re not.

Get enough sleep

Any family doctor will tell you that Americans don’t get enough sleep. This can be a problem, because lack of adequate sleep weakens the immune system, reduces kids’ ability to concentrate and think, inhibits performance in sports and other physical activities and contributes to obesity.

Children need more sleep than adults, as well:

  • Preschoolers —10 to 13 hours of sleep per day
  • School-aged children 6 to 13 years old — 9 to 11 hours
  • Teenagers 13–17 — 8 to 10 hours.

Exercise together

Make exercise and outdoor activities part of the family routine. Take regular family hikes or bike rides, participate in sports and keep in shape yourself. Setting the example for your kids is the best way to build a lifelong fitness habit.

Visit the family doctor

Even when you’re well, every member of the family should see the family doctor at least once a year for a check-up. Your family doctor can also ensure that the whole family’s immunizations are complete and up to date, and give you advice on any health-related issues.

And if you have any questions or concerns about your children’s or your own health, don’t hesitate to call your family doctor in Salt Lake City Utah, that's us, FirstMed Urgent Care Clinic.

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Create a temporary urgent care clinic in the wilderness

Can you take an urgent care clinic into the wild? The great outdoors is one of the best attributes of life in Utah. But when you’re out enjoying the fresh air and breathtaking vistas, you have to be ready for any emergency. What do you do when you need the services of an urgent care clinic yet are miles away from civilization?

Many of us enjoy hiking, running, canoeing or kayaking, camping and many other ways of communing with our natural environment. And as beneficial as those activities are for our physical and mental health, problems can arise. When you are several hours away from an urgent care clinic, you have to be prepared to take steps yourself.

The most common outdoor injuries include:

  • burns
  • cuts
  • blisters
  • dehydration
  • heat exhaustion
  • hypothermia and frostbite
  • allergic reactions
  • insect and animal bites
  • sprains
  • broken bones

If you’re facing an emergency far from an urgent care clinic or first-aid facility, the most important thing to remember is wilderness first aid. You have to be ready to stabilize the patient until you can get to professional emergency medical help.

Be prepared

As the Boy Scouts like to say: Be prepared. Before you leave on your journey into the wilderness, pack a fully stocked first-aid kit including bandages, sterile gauze, adhesive tape, scissors, tweezers, pain-killers, antiseptic wipes or soap, disposable non-latex gloves, a barrier device such as a face shield or mask, and phone numbers for poison control and emergency response.

Tell someone where you plan to go, when you’re leaving and when you plan to return.

Avoid emergencies

The best emergency-care strategy is to avoid having to go to an urgent care clinic. Planning can make the difference. On a long hike, make sure you bring enough water and easy-to-carry food such as granola bars, nuts, chocolate and other energy-dense snacks. To avoid dehydration and heat stroke, make sure everyone in your party drinks plenty of water. The hotter the day and the more strenuous the walk, the more water everyone will need.

Wearing the right clothing. Remember that footwear is also important. Dress to match the weather. If you’re going out in cold weather or into high elevations where cold is a concern, bring warm and waterproof clothing.

Dress in layers. If temperatures are higher than you expect, you can always remove layers.

Wilderness first-aid tips

In an emergency situation when you’re the only one able to respond, think like a first responder. Remember the basic three phases of wilderness first aid:

  1. Assess the situation. Is the patient in imminent danger of further harm? Would helping him or her put a responder in harm's way? Is the situation stable? For example, slipping and falling is an imminent danger on a steep slope. A patient in a river is in danger of drowning, and the same risk faces anyone who enters the water to help.
  2. Treat the emergency. When you have determined that a situation is stable, treat the injury. Foot blisters can be treated relatively easily, for example. You can find a safe place to sit, assess the injury and apply the appropriate treatment.
  3. Get the patient to emergency medical care. Only after a patient is stabilized should you move him or her. Consider the patient’s state. Can he or she walk with help? You will have to assess the circumstances carefully to determine whether you can take the patient out of the situation to an urgent care clinic or whether you need to call for an emergency response evacuation.

Administer pain killers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. In the event of an upper-body injury, the patient can often be evacuated by his or her companions. Before moving the patient, though, make sure any breaks are stabilized. For broken or sprained arms, use a sling to tie the arm close to the body so that it moves as little as possible.

When broken or sprained legs are involved, the best response often is to wait for emergency evacuation to an urgent care clinic. If that’s not possible, stabilize the injury using splints to reduce movement and pain.

Whether you wait for evacuation or do it yourself, being prepared with the right clothing, first-aid supplies and, most importantly, knowledge. If you need expert medical care, take your patient to FirstMed Urgent Care Clinic in West Valley Utah.

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Household injuries: When should you go to an urgent care clinic?

Most injuries happen at home, where we spend most of our time. Although most minor injuries do not lead to long-term harm and can easily be treated at home, many require a trip to an urgent care clinic. So how do you tell when you should rush to an urgent care clinic? Here are some things to look for in the most common household injuries.

Trips and falls are two kinds of injuries that can merit a visit to an urgent care clinic. With young children, falls are usually not harmful except to their pride. But as people get older, falls can lead to serious damage such as broken bones. Treat any bruising that results from a fall with a cold pack.

If a person who has fallen has pain in his or her ankle, it could be a sprain. Treat it with rest, ice (or a cold pack), compression and elevation. You can remember those steps with the acronym RICE. Do not let the patient walk or allow the injured ankle to bear any weight. Wrap an ice pack or cold pack in a towel or cloth and apply it to the injury. Wrap it gently to reduce swelling, and raise the ankle above the chest.

Seek attention at an urgent care clinic when:

  • you hear a popping sound when the sprain happens
  • the ankle is very unstable
  • there is moderate to severe pain, swelling, stiffness and bruising

Cuts

Bleeding can be frightening for children. Mop up blood with clean tissue or gauze, and apply pressure to the cut. When the bleeding stops, gently apply antiseptic to the area around the wound but not in the wound itself, as the latter can increase pain without healing the wound. Bandage the cut and monitor it for signs of infection such as swelling, redness or pus.

Go to an urgent care clinic or emergency room if:

  • bleeding does not stop after you apply pressure
  • there is swelling or the injury feels hot
  • there is an object inside the cut that you cannot remove

Stepping on a sharp object

Stepping on a nail, screw, thorn, splinter or other sharp object can lead to extensive bleeding and increase a person's risk for infection. Make sure there is nothing left in the wound or under the skin. If there is still a piece of the object in the foot, try prying it out with disinfected tweezers or a needle. Don’t use too much force, which can make the injury worse. Wash the foot with warm water and soap to prevent infection. Use antibacterial ointment or disinfectant, and bandage the wound.

Go to the urgent care clinic if:

  • you cannot remove the object or if there is still a piece lodged under your skin
  • you have stepped on a rusty nail or other object and have not had a tetanus vaccination in the past five years
  • the wound becomes more painful with time

Burns

In children under five, burns and scalds often are caused by hot drinks.

For older children and adults, several things around the house can cause burns. These include fireplaces, hot stoves and appliances including toasters and hair-curlers. Treat a burn by holding it under cold running water for 10 minutes. Apply an antiseptic pain-relieving lotion such as one with aloe vera. Then bandage the area gently.

Go to an emergency care clinic if:

  • the burn is bigger than your palm
  • there is blistering or swelling
  • the burn appears infected because it is red, raised or blistered.

Choking

Small children often put objects in their mouth that can be a choking hazard. Apply the Heimlich maneuver and, if you cannot dislodge the item, call 911.

Poisoning

Most poisoning in the home involves medicines, cosmetics and household-cleaning products. Keep any dangerous items safely stored and out of reach of children. If anyone swallows a poisonous product, call 911 or Poison Control, or get them to a clinic immediately.

Drowning

Young children can drown in shallow water. Supervise small children whenever they are near pools, ornamental garden ponds, fountains and even in the bathtub. If a person is not breathing, use artificial respiration immediately and ask someone to call 911 for you.

Bee stings

When bees sting, they leave the poison-filled stinger under the skin. Locate the stinger and remove it by scraping it with a blunt object such as a debit card. Scrape from above the wound to push it out and remove as much of the poison as possible. Do not use tweezers or fingernails, which can push more poison into the wound.

After you have removed the stinger, wash the area with water and soap, then place a cold compress on it. Give painkillers to the patient to prevent swelling. Raise the body part that has been stung to reduce swelling

Go to the urgent care clinic if:

  • the patient shows signs of allergies such as swelling, difficulty breathing and swallowing
  • the sting remains red and itchy for more than 48 hours

You can deal with most minor injuries around the house with common sense and some knowledge. Learn First Aid at your next opportunity because it can help save someone’s life. If you have any doubt about an injury in your home, don’t hesitate to seek help at our clinic in West Valley Utah. Visit us at FirstMed Urgent Care Clinic.

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How to keep kids healthy and safe this summer

No one plans to visit the urgent care clinic, especially when summer is here. We want to enjoy the hot weather, sunny skies and extra free time. Kids, especially, love the freedom of being out of school in summer. They can swim, play sports, hike through nature and spend unstructured time with their friends.

Unfortunately, with the added freedom, kids can get injured, requiring a trip to the urgent care clinic. As parents, you need to know what injuries you can deal with, which ones need an urgent care clinic, and what situations require the help of an emergency room. Fortunately, there are some pretty simple things you can do to reduce the likelihood you’ll need to make that trip to the urgent care clinic in the first place.

The main reasons kids need urgent care

  • Drowning: While drowning is rare, the rate doubles in summer compared to the rest of the year. It’s not noisy — children tend to sink quietly and quickly under the water. By all means, teach children water safety and swimming, but never let them swim alone or without adult supervision. That means you’re not sitting beside the pool, reading a book — you’re paying attention to the child the whole time they’re in or near the water. And for children under 5 years old, you need to be in the water with them, less than an arm’s length away.
  • Bike accidents: Bicycle-related injuries and deaths increase 45 percent every summer, according to U.S. News. Head trauma from bicycles is one of the most easily preventable injuries. All you need to do is ensure that your children wear a properly fitting bicycle helmet, approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Automobile accidents: Make sure children smaller than 4-foot-9-inches and weighing less than 80 pounds ride in a properly fitting car seat or booster seat, and everyone larger than that is wearing a seatbelt at all times. Motor vehicle accidents account for nearly 200,000 injuries to people under age 14 every year — and thousands of deaths, as well.
  • Pedestrian accidents: Kids are outdoors more in the warm weather, and those under 10 years may not have the ability to judge speed or distance of moving vehicles. Supervision of smaller children is key, as is education on road safety for older kids. Safe Kids USA recommends that adults walk completely around their vehicle to make sure that small children are not playing or sitting behind or under the car before starting the engine.
  • Burns: Barbeques, campfires, fire pits and fireworks are all attractive to kids. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a third of people injured by fireworks are under age 15. Close supervision around fireworks and all other heat sources is essential to avoid that trip to the urgent care clinic.
  • Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries to children all year round, and spike 21 percent during the summer. More open windows, playing on the jungle gym, climbing trees and rocks and other summer activities can be fun, but can be dangerous, too. Safe Kids USA recommends supervision and well-fitted, rubber-soled shoes to reduce falls.
  • Accidental strangulation: Anything that hangs around the neck, even a hoodie, can get caught when a child is on a play structure, bicycle or other equipment. Strangulation causes half of all playground deaths among children.
  • Dehydration: Kids who are playing sports or otherwise active in the hot weather can become dehydrated even before they feel thirsty. In hot weather, make sure they drink before engaging in sports, and take a fluid break at least every 20 minutes. Watch for signs of lethargy or grogginess.

Urgent care clinic or emergency room?

Go to the emergency room for acute, life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Remember that the ER will treat the most acute cases first, which means you may be waiting a long time with a child who has a fever.

Sometimes it’s hard to make the decision, and some parents opt for the ER “just in case.” For infants less than two months old who have a fever, head for the ER immediately. Broken bones, severe and sustained bleeding, loss of consciousness, dehydration and infections that can cause loss of life are also signs to go to the ER.

You should opt for the urgent care clinic for:

  • minor cuts
  • sprains and strains
  • rashes and other skin irritations
  • asthma and wheezing.

The FirstMed Urgent Care Clinic in West Valley Utah is ready for you and your kids, whenever you may need us. Especially this summer!

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