Here’s the Occupational Health Services We Provide at Wisconsin Urgent Care
The services listed below are sometimes necessary for work, school and legal purposes. For issues that need immediate medical attention, see the illnesses & injuries we treat.
Pre-Employment Physical Exams
Employers require pre-employment physicals for a variety of reasons, including legal requirements and job-specific reasons. For example, companies with over 15 employees may require these physicals in order to comply with disability regulations. Job specific reasons may include ensuring that new hires are healthy enough to perform the job for which they are being considered.
This is often part of pre-employment physical exams and refers to tests which are designed to test the function of the respiratory system. Since the respiratory rate decreases with age, physicians who perform these tests must take the age of the person being tested into account. Respiratory evaluations also include checking the blood pressure and heart rate of the person tested. A respiratory evaluation may be done on its own to check for respiratory ailments or as part of an overall medical exam.
There is both good news and bad news about workplace injuries in the U.S. over the past decade. According to statistics published by the HAS, the number of workplace injuries reported by employers between the years 2003 and 2012 has decreased by 4%, with self-reported injuries falling by 6% over the same time period. That’s the good news; the bad news is that despite this decline in the number of on the job injuries, there were still more than 590,000 workers in the United States alone who were injured on the job in 2011 and 2012 whose injuries resulted in 3 or more days of absence from work.
Hepatitis B Series
(recommended under OSHA regulations for some employees) OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) strongly recommends that some workers receive vaccinations for hepatitis B. These workers include people who are trained to provide first aid. Hepatitis B vaccinations are required for physicians, nurses, physician assistants and other medical professionals, as well as anyone else whose work may involve exposure to blood.
Hepatitis A Series
Before traveling to many developing nations, hepatitis A vaccinations are a must. There are upwards of 1 million cases of the disease at any given time worldwide, but there are four vaccines available which are safe for anyone over the age of one. Hepatitis is a liver disease with a short incubation period which can spread quickly in people who are not vaccinated. It is especially strongly recommended that people with chronic liver disease be vaccinated for hepatitis A.
TDAP (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus)
TDAP is a vaccine which provides protection from three diseases: pertussis (or whooping cough), tetanus and diphtheria. In many countries, this vaccine is given to children when they’re 11 or 12 years old, with a booster vaccine given later on in life to ensure that the person remains protected. This is an especially important vaccine for children, since younger children tend to be prone to contracting all three of these diseases.
Tetanus is caused by bacteria which are found in soil, dust, animal manure and other places. When these bacteria make their way into your system through an open wound, the disease can develop. It used to be a very common disease, though it is now a rare one due to the widespread availability of an effective tetanus vaccine. The symptoms of tetanus include muscle tightness, including lockjaw, for which the disease is notorious. The tetanus vaccine should be followed up by a booster shot every ten years to maintain protection.
(Blood Pressure Checks, Diabetes Screening, and Cholesterol Checks) Wellness services refers to a variety of routine tests which are done to assess whether a patient is in a generally good state of health. These include tests of blood pressure, cholesterol levels and diabetes screening. These tests are important since these conditions may not have any symptoms which can be noticed by the patient until they’re far advanced. Wellness services are basic preventative care procedures which are designed to help patients stay in good health by preventing potentially serious conditions before they reach a crisis point.