Saturday, October 29th, 2022
If you’re a commercial motor vehicle driver or considering becoming one, you’ll need to undergo a DOT (Department of Transportation) physical. Understanding what to expect from this physical can help you complete it more quickly and easily.
What is a DOT Physical?
DOT physicals are mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, for commercial motor vehicle drivers. This physical is required to ensure that the driver is in adequate physical, mental, and emotional health to operate a commercial motor vehicle.
Commercial drivers must pass a DOT physical and have a valid commercial driver’s license to legally operate their vehicles.
What’s Included in a DOT Physical
DOT physicals include the following steps:
- A vision exam
- Drivers must have a minimum of 20/40 acuity in each eye and 70” peripheral in the horizontal meridian.
- A hearing exam
- Drivers have to perceive a forced whisper at a maximum distance of five feet.
- Blood pressure and pulse rate test
- Physical exam, which covers:
- General Appearance
- Mouth and throat
- Chest and lungs
- Abdomen and viscera
- Vascular system
- Spine and musculoskeletal system
- Neurological system
Upon passing your DOT physical, you’ll receive a Medical Examiner’s Certificate from your physician.
Do I Need To Bring Anything To My DOT Physical?
If you have certain underlying conditions, you may need to bring materials to your DOT physical. These materials include:
- Hearing aids for drivers with hearing problems
- Glasses and/or contacts for drivers with vision problems
- The most recent lab results from HgAIC and blood sugar logs for drivers with diabetes
- A letter from a cardiologist including current medications and medical history for drivers with heart problems
At Suncoast Urgent Care, we provide DOT physical exams from FMCSA-certified medical examiners. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!
Sunday, April 10th, 2022
As a parent, it can be distressing for your child to experience pain. If your child complains of abdominal pain, in particular, you may wonder if they have appendicitis.
Appendicitis occurs when the appendix, which is a small pouch that’s connected to the large intestine, becomes inflamed. In most cases of appendicitis, the patient will require an appendectomy, which is a surgical procedure that involves removing the appendix.
Warning Signs of Appendicitis in Children
The main sign of appendicitis is a pain in the lower right portion of the abdomen. Frequently, the pain begins around the belly button, then travels down to the lower right area of the abdomen.
Pain from appendicitis is typically strong. However, it may fade in and out at first, potentially developing gradually over the course of a few days. But, the pain will later become constant and more severe. Additionally, your child may experience pain when pressure is placed on the abdomen.
Additionally, if your child has appendicitis, they may experience a loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, bloated abdomen, and/or a low-grade fever. These additional symptoms are a good way to differentiate between appendicitis and other types of stomach pain.
Is It Appendicitis or a Stomach Ache?
If your child complains of stomach pain but continues to eat, laugh, and be active, it’s unlikely to be appendicitis. However, if your child appears to have become less active, isn’t eating, or is bent over from the pain, it’s important to seek out medical care ASAP.
Left untreated, appendicitis can lead to an appendix rupture, which is very dangerous. So, if your child is exhibiting signs of appendicitis, it’s better to be safe than sorry and see a doctor. Your child’s doctor can diagnose appendicitis by completing a physical exam, imaging, and testing.
The emergency medicine physicians and family practice physicians at Suncoast Urgent Care can help manage abdominal complaints and ensure that your child receives the care that they need to make a full recovery. Contact us today for more information.
Thursday, March 10th, 2022
As a parent, it can be stressful to see your child come down with a fever. While there are several possible reasons for a fever in children, it’s generally caused by infection.
Understanding when to take your child to the doctor for fever can help diffuse fear and ensure that your child gets the proper medical care.
When To Call The Doctor For a Fever
If your child has a fever (a temperature over 100.4℉), you should contact your doctor if:
- Your child’s temperature reaches 104℉ or higher.
- Your child’s fever lasts more than 72 hours.
- Your child has a seizure.
- Your child’s fever is accompanied by other symptoms including severe headache, severe sore throat, stiff neck, rash, or ear pain
- Your child is unresponsive, doesn’t seem like themselves, and/or isn’t eating or drinking
If your child is under 3 months old, you should contact your pediatrician about a fever of 100.4℉ or higher, a fever that lasts more than 24 hours, and a fever that develops quickly. In infants, a fever may be the only sign of a serious ailment.
When You Don’t Need To Call The Doctor For a Fever
There are many instances in which you don’t need to worry or contact your doctor about your child’s fever. If your child is older than 3 months, a temperature of 102.5℉ isn’t something to worry about, especially if your child is still eating, drinking, and generally being themselves.
Additionally, if your child recently received immunizations, it’s normal for them to have a low-grade fever for up to 48 hours. A low-grade fever is between 99.6℉ and 100.3℉.
At Suncoast Urgent Care, our team includes Emergency Medicine Board Certified physicians and Family Practice providers with extensive experience in pediatric fever. If your child comes down with a fever, you can walk into our clinic for prompt care – no appointment needed. Contact us today to learn more.
Friday, October 4th, 2013
The pink potty spent some time Saturday at Hair Masters in Trinity Thank you, Hair Masters!
October 12, 2013. Hair Masters supports the fight against Breast Cancer! They support Susan G. Komen with "Flush out Cancer!" and Clip for the Cure: Saturday, Oct. 19th: 10% of the proceeds from every haircut will go to the Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.
Thank you to the businesses that supported "Flush out Cancer!", New Port Richey the week of September 27th to open Breast Cancer Awareness month and to support Susan G. Komen. A list of businesses who participated is listed below and additional photos can be found in the blog "Where in New Port Richey is the Pink Potty?"
The week of October 7th Suncoast Urgent Care in Spring Hill will move an adorned toilet (pink potty) around Spring Hill to help “Flush out Cancer!” With a $50 (or more) donation to Susan G. Komen any business will have this “beautiful”, flowery pink potty placed in front of their establishment letting the community know that they are a participant and that they are helping to “Flush out Cancer!”
We at Suncoast Urgent Care will collect the tax deductible donations and send them to Susan G. Komen in support of Erica and Tabetha, two of our employees who are hoping to raise the $2300 needed for each to participate.
Learn more and participate!
Contact Erica Cuevas or Tabetha Beadling at our Spring Hill office (4112 Mariner Blvd) for more information: 352-684-3288.
**We want to thank The Pampering Plumber and Sherwin Williams, both on SR 54, for their generous contributions and for partnering with us as we work together to “”Flush out Cancer!”
Thank you to The Miele Family for your generous donation to Susan G. Komen!
WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION, DONATIONS AND SUPPORT!
- ROSE RADIOLOGY
- BUFFALO WILD WINGS
- TRINITY FAMILY PHYSICIANS
- THE MEDICINE SHOPPE
- MIKE'S JEWELRY
- SMILES OF TRINITY FAMILY DENTISTRY
- MUSIC MATTERS
- CODY'S ORIGINAL ROADHOUSE - TARPON SPRINGS
- DR. CANDELORA - COASTAL ORTHOPAEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE
- SMOOTHIE KING
- ANYTIME FITNESS - TRINITY
- TRINITY CHIROPRACTIC & REHAB
- SPRING HILL MRI
- HAIR MASTERS, TRINITY
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO VISIT OUR WONDERFUL PARTNERS' AND THEIR WEBSITES :
FRIDAY'S 5PM - 9PM "EAT WINGS, RAISE FUNDS"
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2: 3PM - CLOSING RAFFLE FOR $50 GIFT CARD - PROCEEDS TO SUSAN G.KOMEN
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
"Eat Wings, Raise Funds"
Suncoast Urgent Care is excited to thank Buffalo Wild Wings on SR 54 inTrinity for partnering with us to help “Flush out Cancer!”Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 15% of their sales on Fridays from 5pm - 9PM to Susan G. Komen. So head over to Buffalo Wild Wings, enjoy some wings and good fun and help fight breast cancer!
Buffalo Wild Wings
10936 State Road 54
New Port Richey (Trinity)
WHEN: Fridays - 5PM - 9PM - through October 25, 2013
HOW? Mention to your server that you’d like to help raise funds for Suncoast Urgent Care’s “Flush out Cancer!” and 15% of your bill will go to Susan G. Komen.
October 2013. Having fun at Buffalo Wild Wings while helping to "Flush out Cancer!"
October 2013. "Flushing out Cancer!" at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
October 2013. "Flushing out Cancer!" at Buffalo Wild Wings.
The Pink Potty was at Buffalo Wild Wings in Trinity. "Eat Wings, Raise Funds" with proceeds to Susan G. Komen.
October 4, 2013. Pink Potty at Smoothie King in Trinity. Thanks for supporting Susan G. Komen!
October 3, 2013. Music Matters supports Susan G. Komen through Suncoast UrgentCare's "Flush out Cancer!" campaign. Thank you, Music Matters!
October 2, 2013. Thank you, Cody's! RAFFLE BENEFITING SUSAN G. KOMEN & FLUSH OUT CANCER! 1 LUCKY PATRON WON A $50 GIFT CARD TO CODY'S
October 1, 2013. Pink Potty Paparazzi at Anytime Fitness. Thank you, Anytime Fitness for helping "Flush out Cancer!"
October 4, 2013. The Pink Potty at Trinity Chiropractic & Rehab on Mitchell Blvd. Thanks for joining us in the fight against Breast Cancer!
October 3, 2013. Thank you Dr. Franceschi and Smiles of Trinity Family Dentistry for helping to "Flush out Cancer!
October 1, 2013. Pink Potty Paparazzi at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Thank you, Dr. Candelora!
October 1, 2013. The Medicine Shoppe at Trinity Village Center helps to "Flush out Cancer!"
September 30, 2013. Pink Potty at Mike's Jewelry, Trinity Village Center.
September 30, 2013. Pink Potty Paparazzi at Rose Radiology Trinity.
October 2, 2013. Pink Potty Paparazzi arrives at Trinity Family Physicians!
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
Suncoast Urgent Care would like to thank Cody's Original Roadhouse in Tarpon Springs for their efforts to help "Flush out Cancer!" On Wednesday, October 2nd, they raffled off a $50 Gift Card and proceeds went to Susan G. Komen. Customers had a great time and there was 1 lucky winner!
Thank you, Cody's! RAFFLE BENEFITING SUSAN G. KOMEN & FLUSH OUT CANCER! 1 LUCKY PATRON WON A $50 GIFT CARD TO CODY'S
CODY'S ORIGINAL ROADHOUSE
39870 US HIGHWAY 19 NORTH
TARPON SPRINGS, FL 34689
(727) 937- 1022
(WEDNESDAYS - BUY 1 FAJITA, GET 1 FREE)
Sunday, September 29th, 2013
Suncoast Urgent Care sponsored the 2nd annual Cheval Cares 5K Family Fun Run 2013. It was so much fun! and the event that took place at Cheval Athletic Club in Lutz on Saturday, September 28th benefited The Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Thanks to Tabetha and Jessica for manning our booth!
Tabetha and Jessica at Cheval Cares. Proceeds went to The Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
Suncoast Urgent Care is proud to be a Challenger K8 Community Partner in Spring Hill. We are thrilled to be able to support an upgrade to Challenger K8’s computer lab which will help to provide enhanced academic opportunities to students.
A description from Challenger K8:
Challenger K8 Community Partners.. iMac Lab Upgrade.. to provide a technical Career Academy in Adobe and Microsoft for our students. It allows Challenger's students to earn Industry Based Certification in an onsite professional development curriculum. Students will earn high school credit and enhance student career-readiness, improve academics and help build a strong foundation for the student to continue certification at the high school level. The current iMacs that the school has are over 9 years old and can't support the software programs needed for this endeavor and others.