Winter Urgent Care OKC and Edmond

Stay on Your Feet and Out of Urgent Care This Winter

Seven Things You Can Do to Avoid Slipping on the Ice

If you’ve lived in the Edmond and OKC area long enough, you know the area sees enough snow and ice each winter to make walking treacherous at times. Whether it’s black ice on sidewalks and driveways, frozen frost on your front steps, or packed snow in a parking lot, it can seem like winter is out to get you. Follow these tips to decrease your chances of slipping and winding up in Urgent Care.

  1. Take it slow. While walking, ensure each foot is stable before resting your weight on it and picking up the other.
  2. Watch out. This may seem obvious, but take a little more time on every aspect of your walk, from surveying the terrain when you exit your car, to assessing the ground in front of you while walking.
  3. Wear good shoes. Shoes with good traction such as boots and other slip-resistant footwear can cut your risks of slipping on ice and packed snow.
  4. Shuffle sideways. On inclined, icy areas where you’re at risk for even further reduced traction, move one foot sideways, keeping it flat and meeting it with the other before taking your next step. Be extra careful not to cross your feet, which makes the body even more unstable.
  5. Stay on cleared paths. Areas that are unclear, such as parking lot corners, little-used sidewalks, and driveways, may contain nasty surprises such as ice beneath new snowfall.
  6. Avoid walking with your arms full. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but walking with items in your arms hampers your ability to brace yourself against falls. Try using a backpack instead.
  7. Keep your driveway and associated sidewalks clear and notify facility managers if public and business pavement is not clear.

Slips and falls are one of the most common winter injuries, particularly for those over 55. Following these tips can help you avoid the need to visit Urgent Care Edmond, but if you’re in need of winter Urgent Care in Edmond or OKC, stop in and see us at First Med Urgent Care, no appointment necessary.

Sources:

https://americanbonehealth.org/fall-prevention/tips-to-prevent-falls-during-winter-months/

https://www.livescience.com/25795-4-ways-to-avoid-winter-falls.html

 

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5 Most Common Reasons to Visit Urgent Care This Winter

5 Symptoms That Might Send You to Urgent Care This Winter

Winter usually means a higher risk of sickness than the other times of the of the year, and it’s important to know the most common reasons for people to visit Urgent Care facilities. When should you visit urgent care? When should you visit your primary doctor? When should you go to the ER? To help you narrow down that list, here are five examples of times you should visit urgent care in OKC:

  • Closed Primary Doctor/ Pediatrician. If you or a family member is sick but the primary doctor is not available, it is an excellent time to visit urgent care.
  • Suspected Flu. If you suspect that you or a family member has type A or type B flu, urgent care can help. You likely don’t want to wait for an appointment at the primary care doctor. We can quickly and efficiently provide flu testing. Symptoms include fever, aches, chills, extreme fatigue, and sometimes drainage.
  • Suspected Strep Throat. If you or your child have symptoms of strep, it’s important to get care right away. We provide fast and efficient strep testing, to get you out the door with medicine as soon as possible. Symptoms include extreme sore throat, throat and tonsil inflammation, red and white splotches in the back of the throat, fever, drainage, and sometimes upset stomach.
  • Minor Injuries. When you or a family member experience a minor injury, such as falling on snow or ice, urgent care may be able to help. Severe cuts and suspected concussions are better treated at the ER, but minor injuries can be brought to us.
  • Sinus Infections. It is okay to treat common colds and viruses at home when possible. Over-the-counter medications help alleviate many symptoms that accompany a cold. If you suspect your cold or virus has developed into a sinus infection, a visit to urgent care and a prescription for antibiotics may be necessary. The symptoms include sinus pain, sinus pressure, inability to blow nose or breathe through nose, lots of drainage and mucus, or greenish yellow mucus.

If you or someone in your family needs urgent care, look to us at First Med Urgent Care. We offer urgent care in OKC, urgent care in NW OKC, urgent care in Edmond, and urgent care in SW OKC for your convenience.

Sources:

Children’s MD

https://www.medexpress.com/blog/better-health/most-common-urgent-care-visits.html

https://www.msn.com/en-ie/health/familyhealth/the-12-pains-of-christmas-common-winter-illnesses-treated/ar-AAfXXPu

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Urgent Care Topic: Being Careful Not To Slip And Fall

First Med Urgent Care: Safety tips

This time of year can be so beautiful and perfect, but keep in mind when it rains and snow falls there is potential for you or others to slip and fall. Pain is a word that comes to mind when envisioning fallin; splayed out on the floor at an office. Nothing about falling down is a pleasant experience. Being careful should be a priority if you’d like to avoid visiting an urgent care for fractures, sprains or strains.

Some people get caught up in their own thoughts and they slip when they aren’t paying attention. Others lose their balance or surrounding conditions are conducive to slipping and falling. Here are a few ways you can promote a safer environment, reduce urgent care visits and help prevent slips at the office:

  • Place a caution sign to warn of slippery conditions.
  • Provide plastic bags to place over umbrellas to prevent pools of water or dripping.
  • Provide a floor mat for people to wipe their feet on after being outside in the rain or snow.
  • For snow and ice, place salt anywhere people will be walking outside to increase safety.
  • Keep walkways inside clear of clutter and make sure they are well-lit.
  • Eliminate uneven floor surfaces such as bunged up rugs.

For most people urgent care trips in the middle of winter aren’t very fun. While you can’t always prevent injuries from happening, being proactive can help reduce the chances of slipping and falling. We hope these tips are helpful, be careful in there!

If someone does accidentally slip and fall injuries such as sprained ankles, strained muscles or fractures can be treated at First Med Urgent Care. We are a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment to individuals, families and employers. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient medical care, just walk in and receive prompt attention. We have a physician on staff to provide the highest level of care possible.

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Closing Early Due to weather

First Med Urgent Care: Closing early

Sunday, March 2nd: All Clinic locations are closing at 3:15 p.m. today, Sunday March 2nd, due to weather.We will reopen Monday, March 3rd, at 9:30 a.m. We hope you and your family stay safe and warm.

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Weather Closing

First Med Urgent Care: Status- Closing early

Friday, December 20th:
All of our clinic locations are closing early, due to the freezing rain.
Tomorrow’s hours are to be determined. Please check our site in the morning.

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Winter Weather in Oklahoma: Urgent Care in Slippery Situations

Urgent Care: Avoiding Slippery Situations in Oklahoma

Chances are, you’ve used a snow shovel this past and or previous week, or you know someone who has had to. Oklahoma, like most of the country, braced itself for a winter chill and we’re just now recovering from the effects of it! Hopefully you stayed safe and didn’t experience any physical harmlike slips or falls, or any damage to personal property. You can never be too prepared and these past couple weeks have “re-proven” that to us here in Oklahoma. If another winter storm comes our way, we want you to be prepared.

First, make sure your home is winter-weather-proof. Check your pipes. Check your roof and ceiling for leaks, etc. You may want to have your home inspected before the next storm hits.

When snow does come, the time to break out the snow shovel and shovel the side-walk and driveway is while it’s snowing and not after. Clearing the sidewalk during the snow-fall will stop the melting and freezing into ice process that causes a thin, scary layer of ice under the snow. Once you have the path cleared of snow, sprinkle it with ice-melt granules such as sand or salt. This will help keep ice from forming.

Most importantly, be overly cautious when out and about. The likelihood of falling on a sidewalk or driveway increases proportionally with the amount of freezing rain and ice. Oklahoma got a lot of this. If you did take a fall, it is very important that you do not wait to be seen by a doctor. The pain of the fall may go away, but the damage may still be there. We are open and our offices are warm, so stop in any day of the week if you think you have an injury.

For future snow storms, wear snow boots as they provide better traction that most other shoes, or shoes with very good traction. Take shorter steps in the snow and ice and try to plant your whole foot gently down while walking. If you do fall on the ice and know immediately that you’ve hurt your back or such, you should very slowly try to get up. If there is something to hold onto nearby, do so and walk slowly.

Lastly, as was stated earlier, make sure to come in to see a doctor as soon as possible if you think you have injured yourself. Do not wait until it is too late; it’s always better safe than sorry! At First Med Urgent Care, we want to get you well. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am to 7:30pm. No appointment is needed, just walk in to any of our locations and you will be greeted by a warm environment and smiling faces. We look forward to caring for you.

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Closed Early Due to Inclement Weather

First Med Urgent Care: Closing early

December 5th: All of our locations have closed early due to the weather. Friday hours are TBD. Please check back tomorrow.

Please be safe and warm.