Urgent Care Clinic Sandy Utah




FIRSTMED URGENT CARE - COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS

SANDY UT

We are the premier urgent care and occupational medicine network in the Salt Lake Valley.

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About FirstMed Urgent Care - Cottonwood Heights

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

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

Urgent Care Clinic Sandy Utah

If you don’t have insurance, we do everything we can to keep your out-of-pocket costs as low as possible. We have three different price points for office visits, injury visits and follow-up visits, each of which includes several services.

Just because we aren’t an emergency room or physician’s office doesn’t mean you can’t use your health insurance to pay for the medical care you receive at a FirstMed Urgent Care - Cottonwood Heights. We accept various plans, including Aetna, TriCare, Arches Health Plan, Medicaid, Tall Tree Administrators and Cigna.


We are proudly serving Salt Lake City, and nearby cities. FirstMed Urgent Care - Cottonwood Heights handles Family Doctor, Medical Care and more.
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Back to school can be a hazardous time, thank goodness for urgent care!

While parents collectively breathe a sigh of relief as the school year jumps into full swing, students may be facing some of the biggest hazards of all. Sure, it's great to get the kids back to school in the fall, but parents, teachers and healthcare providers need to be aware of the most common schoolyard injuries requiring urgent care.

According to the Utah Department of Health, more than 5,000 school days are missed by students every year in the state due to a school-related injury or illness. Nearly 70 percent of injuries that happen to elementary students occur on the playground, and two-thirds of those injuries happen during recess.

What causes the most schoolyard injuries?

The number one cause of a schoolyard injury that requires urgent care? Falls; especially those resulting from slips and trips – 55 percent of all major accidents in educational facilities start with a trip or a slip.

Thankfully, most trips result in no injury, but they can lead to serious harm that requires not only first aid, but also a visit to the urgent care clinic.

Types of injuries

The head is the most common part of the body to be hurt at just under 40 percent, followed closely by upper extremities (shoulders, arms and hands). The trunk is the area next hurt most often, at 13.3 percent, and legs and feet 8 percent of the time.

The most common types of injuries are fractured or broken bones, cuts, bumps and bruises, sprains and concussions. And the Department of Health warns that most injuries are preventable.

Neck injuries can be the result of sudden, awkward movement, a fall or a collision on the sports field, causing sharp pain. Sprained and twisted ankles are also very common, especially as excited children run across uneven surfaces like playgrounds and sports fields, or when they jump off playground equipment and climbing structures.

Scrapes, bruises and cuts to knees are also common when kids slide on the ground or fall. Young athletes who forget to warm up before sports can also require medical attention.

Wrist injuries often occur when a child tries to break their fall by putting their hands out. It’s a natural reaction, but it can lead to a sprain or a break, requiring urgent care.

Where do accidents happen?

The most common places for school-related injuries are hallways, playgrounds, parking lots, common areas and stairways. Wet ground, slippery floors and stray items on the floor where they shouldn’t be are hazards that can cause injury requiring urgent care.

In classrooms, bags lying on the floor and cables for computers and TVs are common tripping hazards.

Defective sports or playground equipment are frequently the culprits behind an injury. School staff and administrators are responsible for ensuring that all equipment is in good condition for the purpose it’s intended for, and stored properly when not in use. Even when all the equipment is in perfect condition, though, certain sports are inherently dangerous. Supervision of all athletic activity is crucial.

Defective desks, chairs and other classroom equipment can also cause serious injury and a trip to the urgent care clinic. Classroom furniture should be checked regularly to make sure it's not hazardous.

Doors are also the cause of many school injuries, as students get hit by an opening door, or get fingers caught in a closing one. There are finger guards available to prevent the latter injury.

Food poisoning

The improper storage and preparation of food in school cafeterias can, and too often, does, lead to food poisoning. Even kids who bring their lunches from home can become ill from improper storage, especially during warmer times of the year.

Bullying

In this day and age, we have to be aware of incidents of bullying in schools. Fights, assaults and mean pranks can often lead to serious injury, including broken bones and concussions. Supervision and instilling an anti-bullying culture in the school can go a long way toward preventing bullying and the resulting need for urgent care.

Where to go for urgent care

Despite all the precautions we can possibly take, unfortunately kids will be injured on school grounds. When a child in your care needs urgent care in West Jordan Utah, you can always turn to a 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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What to expect from an urgent care clinic when you're suffering from an accident injury

An urgent care clinic is a specific form of medical facility, where you can find a range of medical services for illness and accident injury. However, not everyone is familiar with them, and don’t know what to expect, or how to decide whether to seek medical attention from their regular doctor, the emergency room or the urgent care clinic for an accident injury.

If you have an illness or accident injury, here is what you can expect to find at your urgent care clinic.

What is urgent care?

Urgent care clinics are intended for an illness or accident injury that is not life-threatening, but cannot wait overnight or until a primary care doctor is available. For example, strep throat or ear infections, dehydration, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, skin infections, allergic reactions to medication and non life-threating injuries.

The American Association of Urgent Care Medicine defines urgent care as “the provision of immediate medical service offering outpatient care for the treatment of acute and chronic illness and accident injury.” The AAUCM explains that urgent care does not replace either the emergency room, nor your primary care giver — your family doctor. The urgent care clinic is useful outside of regular office hours, or when your primary caregiver is away from their clinic.

How to choose the right type of care

It makes no sense to use a baseball bat to swat a fly. Treatment at a hospital’s emergency room (ER) can be very expensive, so they’re best reserved for truly life-threatening emergencies.

Choose the emergency room for severe situations:

  • compound fractures, especially where bone is exposed
  • convulsions or seizures
  • gunshot wounds or deep knife wounds
  • uncontrollable bleeding
  • moderate to severe (second to third-degree) burns
  • poisoning
  • severe abdominal pain
  • signs of heart attack or stroke
  • serious head, back or neck injuries
  • problems related to pregnancy

Is urgent care right for your accident injury?

These are for a medical issue that may not be an accident injury, but still needs treatment in less than 24 hours. Some examples include:

  • falls
  • cuts that require stitches to stop bleeding
  • mild to moderate asthma or other breathing problems
  • eye infections or irritation
  • flu or fever
  • severe sore throat or cough
  • skin rashes and infections
  • urinary tract infections
  • vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration

What you can expect

No appointment is necessary — just walk in and explain your problem to the receptionist, and you’ll be assessed quickly for appropriate medical attention.

You can also expect to fill in a number of forms, so that the urgent care clinic staff have the information they need to assess and treat you appropriately. You’ll be asked questions about your current health issue, when it began, what it affects and how severe it is.

You’ll also be asked about your medical history — infections, long-term conditions, childhood illnesses and injuries, allergies and so on. This is critical to ensure you don’t get prescribed a medication you’re allergic to, or that may cause unforeseen side effects. You can also expect lower costs than in any emergency room.

What to bring

Preparing for your visit to the urgent care clinic can speed your assessment and reduce your stress. Before you leave, make sure you have:
  • a list of all medications you are currently taking
  • a list of medications that you need but don’t have
  • notes about symptoms and changes in your condition
  • a list of doctors and medical facilities you have been to before, including your primary care doctor or family doctor
  • a family member or trusted friend
  • questions to ask
  • health insurance form or card.

Before you leave

Ask the treating physician or the receptionist about any medication or treatment prescribed. Make sure you, or the person who came with you, understands how to take them.

Ask about any needed follow-up visits, treatments or tests. Make sure you get the place, date and time in writing.

Ask about referrals and information sent to your primary care doctor or specialists.

Knowledge is health

Different medical issues require the right approach. Learn when to choose between the emergency room and the urgent care clinic in West Valley Utah can make all the difference to your health.
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Family health tips for 2019

Maintaining your good health is not just the job of the family doctor. It’s up to each of us to take an active part in staying healthy.

Your family doctor in Salt Lake City Utah has some easy-to-follow suggestions that will help you pursue the best health for the whole family through 2019. By following a few easy steps, you’ll be able to make healthy living a regular part of your everyday life, and the entire family can have an happy visit for the next check-up with the family doctor.

Make good health a part of your everyday life

Good health doesn’t come from a pill, a family doctor, nor from an occasional salad or workout. Take an approach to looking after the health that includes body, mind, spirit, family and social life.

Make every decision with health in mind. This includes what you eat and what you do throughout each day.

Plan healthy meals that involve lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. This should include snacks. The less processed food you eat, the better.

Consider exercise in your daily activities, as well. For example, how do you get to work or school? If you usually drive, can you walk or cycle instead? Building physical activity, especially outdoors, can provide a daily boost to your cardiovascular health (heart and circulatory system) lungs and immune system. Even walking short trips to church, store or to friends can be a health boost.

Make friends and family a part of your health plan

It’s harder to stay on a healthy track by yourself. Having partners in good health helps keep you all motivated and on track.

If running or going to the gym regularly is part of your plan, take a buddy with you. Knowing you’ll be ditching your partner makes it harder to skip a workout.

A healthy diet has to include the whole family. It’s just impossible to stay on a healthy diet if everyone around you is eating heavy desserts and salty snacks. Ask your family doctor to direct you to resources on making informed, healthy choices.

Set realistic, achievable goals

All too often, we begin the new year with solemn but completely unrealistic goals: lose 30 pounds by beach season; hit the gym five times a week; eliminate all carbs from the diet.

Unrealistic goals set us up for failure. When we don’t meet an unrealistic goal, like quitting unhealthy snacks completely or losing 10 pounds by the end of the month, we get discouraged and give up on other health-promoting resolutions, as well.

It also hammers our self-esteem and contributes to depression and other health-reducing issues.

A more productive approach is to set goals that we can reasonably achieve by a particular time.

Start by consulting your family doctor on what is your ideal weight, and what are realistic goals for you and your family in the coming year. Then get to work on a plan that you can be successful with.

  • Weight loss: Most family doctors and health professionals agree that committing to losing a pound or two a week is reasonable. To accomplish this, you need to burn 500 to 1000 calories more than you consume each day. It’s not that hard to reduce intake by 500 calories. Cutting sugar from your coffee saves 15 to 20 calories. Choose extra vegetables instead of rice or potatoes with your meal. Eat one less snack per day, and when you do snack, eat carrots or berries instead of cookies or chips.
  • Exercise: It’s harder to burn 500 more calories by exercise. For a 140-pound person, for example it would take an hour of outdoor cycling, or 45 minutes of spinning indoors, every day, or more than two hours of pilates. On the other hand, regular exercise is an essential part of not only weight loss, but overall health. It improves every single system in your body, including your immunity and your mood. That’s even more pronounced when you get outside. Choose an activity that you enjoy. Even a walk in the park every day can have a huge impact over time. But if you don’t enjoy your rowing machine or treadmill, they’ll end up gathering dust under your bed or in the basement.

Set aside time for health

Make healthy activity part of your daily routine. If you’re the type of person who likes to plan your day and your week, put your workout into your day-planner. Set aside time to shop for healthy food alternatives — it’s all too easy to opt for the quick junk-food binge.

The positive power of deadlines

Your health goals should be achievable, but that includes a deadline. Consult your family doctor to help set a realistic goal that includes a date. For example, to lose five pounds by the end of the month. It requires that you stick to your plan, but it can be done. That way, when you achieve it, you’re more encouraged to achieve the next goal. And you’ll find that the way you feel better in just about every part of your life makes pursuing more ambitious goals easier, as well.

By setting reasonable, achievable health goals for 2019, and including family and friends, you’ll all have a better checkup with your family doctor.

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