For years, you’ve enjoyed watching your pre-teen participate in athletic competition. And although most parents are obligated to have their child see a doctor for well visits prior to taking the field, those early-age physicals are more often than not standard tests.
Naturally, every loving parent wants to make sure their child is healthy enough to compete. But the majority of people sometimes assume that because their child is, for lack of a better phrase, just a child, that they’re healthy.
Physicians First Messages wants to remind you that your child is never too young to receive an advanced health screening, just to make sure everything from their heart to brain is functioning normally.
And this is especially true if your son or daughter is on the verge of entering high school and hoping to compete on an athletic team. The truth of the matter is, your child will be running that much harder, competing much more physically and, in some cases, expected to withstand hard hits.
Simply put, a standard physical is not good enough. Doctors can’t detect a serious heart problem by just using a stethoscope or checking a pulse.
To make sure your child’s heart is fit for athletic competition, they should have blood pressure testing, EKGs, echocardiograms and glucose strip testing.
According to Anthony J. Saglimbeni, MD, of Medscape, a recent study of 964 athletes found abnormalities in 35 percent of echocardiograms. In all, 0.6 percent of the athletes had conditions that required them to stop competing or receive further treatment or evaluations in addition to an echocardiogram.
Concussions, of course, have been a hot topic in recent years from pro to youth athletes. But you shouldn’t wait for a possible concussion to occur before your child gets treated.
An ImPACT Test (short for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test) is a baseline screening that tests, among other things, verbal and visual memory and processes speed and reaction time. When an athlete is being tested for a concussion, a neurologist will be able to match-up the results of a concussion to the baseline screening an ImPACT Test provides.
Your child’s health is paramount. Before they take the field, especially at an advanced age, Physicians First Messages implores you to take the proper measures to make sure your child is healthy and fit.
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Every Year U.S. Gets Hit With Either Hurricane, Tornado, Earthquake Or Any Other Disastrous Events... What Happens To Your "Answering Service" When The Power Goes Out?!
If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the last 14 years or so it’s that disaster can strike at any time.
Although we’d like to think we’ll never see anything similar to the World Trade Center attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 or Hurricane Sandy again, truth of the matter is we just don’t know. Bottom line is, anything can happen at any time.
Unfortunately, following the 9/11 attacks, Physicians First Messages was ground zero and, in turn, all of our doctors’ offices were left without an answering service.
The good news is, PFMI took extreme measures to upgrade our system following the 9/11 tragedy and, I’m happy to inform you, that when Super storm Sandy hit on Oct. 29, 2012, our company didn’t miss a beat in terms of providing our usual, reliable service.
So, what exactly did we do when we rebuilt our system?
Well, for starters, our system is now up on two separate, secure servers and our off-premise site has three generators.
Secondly, our system is hosted at an off-premise location and monitored by on-site staff at all times, day and night.
In addition, the phone company has direct lines into our off-premise hosted system.
You’ll also be happy to know that all of our employees can access the system regardless of their location.
Unfortunately, when Hurricane Sandy hit our shores, Physicians First Messages was once again ground zero. But despite the fact our main office was under 10 feet of water, not one of our doctors’ offices was affected. With the aforementioned precautions we took anticipating possible disaster, not one of our customers were without service for even a second when all the other answering services in the metropolitan area were down.
Nobody can predict when and if a disaster similar to 9/11 or Hurricane Sandy will hit our area again. But if it should, you need to receive messages pertaining to your practice with the same prompt and professional service.
Physicians First Messages is here to remind you that you can rely on us to provide the service you expect in the face of disaster or not.
Physicians First Message's, Inc.