Thanksgiving Health and Safety Tips

Thanksgiving Health and Safety Tips

The holidays are upon us! As we celebrate, there are a few tips to help you stay healthy and safe.

Wash your hands often.

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water, and rub them together for at least 20 seconds. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.

Stay warm.

Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants and older adults. Stay dry, and dress warmly in several layers.

Manage stress.

The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health and pocketbook. Keep your commitments and spending in check. Balance work, home, and play. Get support from family and friends. Keep a relaxed and positive outlook. Make sure to get proper sleep.

Travel safely.

Whether you’re traveling across town or around the world, help ensure your trip is safe. Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let someone else drink and drive. Wear a seat belt […]

November 1st, 2016|All|

Halloween Health and Safety Tips

Halloween Health and Safety Tips

The fall season is here and with it comes the parties, dress up fun, and tasty treats for Halloween and Autumn Celebrations. As we enjoy the festivities, it is important to focus on safety involving costumes, treat assessments, and trick-or-treating.

Access Medical Associates has some helpful tips that will enable you to enjoy all the delights of autumn while being diligent about safety.

 

Trick-or-Treating Tips:

Halloween Health and Safety Tips

  • Be mindful of costume accessories such as swords and knives.  When choosing items, make sure they are flexible, short and soft. Also check to see if your costume selection is flame-resistant.
  • Trick-or-treating can be one of the most enjoyable events children have on Halloween.  Make sure they are either walking with a trusted adult, or with a group of people.  If you decide to enter a home, do so only with an adult you trust.
  • Remember trick-or-treaters are sometimes sharing the road with vehicles.  To make your trip safe, consider fastening reflective tape to costumes and/or bags so drivers are able to see you.
  • The most common safety measure is examining treats for tampering or even a […]
October 1st, 2016|All|

Dr. Goldberg and AMA – Ready to Rumble

IMG_0979 Dr. Goldberg at Practice Velocity’s Chartlet Challenge, UCAOA 2016

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After attending the very informative UCAOA (Urgent Care Association of America) Spring Convention held in Orlando, Dr. Goldberg and his team at Access Medical Associates are ready to implement several of the technological breakthroughs and clinical advancements that were showcased at the meeting.  Several of those that our patients will clearly benefit from include:

  • Chartlet – enabling more efficient patient care and shorter wait times.  This enhanced functionality from our industry-standard EMR provider, Practice Velocity, will allow one-screen documentation for 80% of all patient visits, thus enabling the physician to more efficiently document a full patient encounter.  This, in turn, will reduce patient wait times.
  • 3bExams – an electronic total-exam solution for our DOT Certified Medical Examiners, which provides increased accuracy and automatic reporting of results to the FMCSA Driver Database.  This capability heightens operational efficiencies across the occupational medicine segment of our practice.
  • Advanced Suturing Techniques – cutting-edge suturing techniques for complex wound repair.  Dr. Goldberg said “It is extremely exciting to practice these techniques which I can now bring to patients in repairing some […]
June 12th, 2016|All|

Important Info About Aetna

Some of our patients may have received a letter from Aetna this week stating that Access Medical Associates is no longer a part of your plan’s network as of 3-31-16. We would like to let you know that this is not true. We have not terminated our relationship with Aetna, and have no plans to do so.

This is clearly an error on Aetna’s part, and we want to assure you that we have always participated with Aetna, and will continue to do so in the future. We are in the process of requesting Aetna to issue a retraction letter.

If you have any questions regarding our participation with Aetna, please contact us at 908-704-0100 and we will be happy to discuss.

Healthy regards,

Lon E. Goldberg, D.O., FACEP, DME
Medical Director
Access Medical Associates

April 29th, 2016|All|

Dr. Ramon Rego Promoted To Associate Medical Director

Dr. Ramon RegoDr. Ramon Rego has recently been promoted to Associate Medical Director at Access Medical Associates. A New Jersey native, Dr. Rego received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Cook College, Rutgers University, and a medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York.

In 1992, Dr. Rego completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Rutgers/New Jersey Medical School, where he was Chief Resident in Internal Medicine. He has more than 22 years of clinical experience in Internal Medicine as well as Urgent Care.

Dr. Rego’s work experience includes Medical Director at Madison Medical Center and also at Fanwood Primary Care. He received the St. Barnabas Excellence in Caring Aware in 2011. In addition, Dr. Rego is a Certified Medical Examiner listed with the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

Dr. Rego joined our staff in June, 2014, and comes to us with excellent medical skills and compassion for our patients.

September 18th, 2015|All|

School and Sports Physicals

Don’t forget School and Sports Physical Exams if your child plans on participating on either a School Sports Team or club (intramural) team. Access Medical Associates have been performing these exams for over 10 years, and doesn’t require an appointment. Just come in and we can help.

Get a sport physical at Access Medical Associates Branchburg NJAdditionally, all of our medical providers are certified to conduct the Student Athlete Cardiac Assessment. Starting with the 2015-2016 school year, all medical providers conducting school sports physicals must have completed a professional development module now required by the New Jersey Department of Education. Our providers will attest to this certification on the Pre-Participation Physical Examination (PPE) form, as well as provide a copy of their certificate to aid your school in compliance with this new State law.

The School Sports Physical Exam involves a medical history and a physical exam. The goal of these exams are to evaluate an athlete’s general health, fitness level, risk of injury and physical well-being. You can prepare for the exam by downloading the PPE form at the following link, and completing […]

September 17th, 2015|All|

Pediatric Exam Room Mural

Check out our newly painted wall mural in our children’s exam room! Your kids will enjoy all the fun rainforest creatures on the walls. We also have smaller sized blood pressure cuffs, fruit flavored tongue depressors, and other medical equipment that is “kid sized” in our pediatric exam room.

Pediatric Exam Room at Access Medical Associates Branchburg NJ

September 16th, 2015|All|

Travel Medicine at Access Medical

Don't spoil your trip. Get immunization / vaccination before you leave. Travel medicine Access Medical Associates Branchburg NJWe are dedicated to providing a full array of vaccinations and information on Destination-specific travel precautions, diagnosis and treatment of travel related diseases, as well as assistance to the traveler with chronic illness. It is advisable to include a visit to a physician for pre-travel preparations even if the destination country does not have any specific health risks. Often a physician can spot potential health issues that a patient may not consider, such as high-altitude travel illness or precautions for extended airline flights.

We offer comprehensive travel health services for individuals, families and groups:

  • Pre-travel assessment – All immunizations, health counseling and prescriptions for travel medications, including antimalarial medications and traveler’s diarrhea.
  • Post-travel care – Evaluation treatment or illnesses acquired during your trip.

Fees:
Pre-travel services are offered on a fee-for-service basis because most health insurance plans do not cover pre-travel prophylaxis; although health insurance usually covers post-travel illness or injury.

Please call us to discuss your particular health concerns and needs. We speak English and Spanish.
(908) 704-0100

December 2nd, 2014|All|

Ebola Symptoms & Action (What you need to know)

What to do if you think you have Ebola, or have been exposed to someone with Ebola.

Symptoms of Ebola:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Unexplained/abnormal bleeding or rash

Having the above symptoms does not mean you have Ebola, there are plenty of other viruses that cause similar symptoms. What is important is if there was an opportunity for exposure.

If you have been exposed to the body fluids of someone with known Ebola or have traveled to West Africa, then the above symptoms need to be considered to be Ebola until proven otherwise.

So if you have exposure, it has to be more than casual exposure. The people who have been treated with Ebola in the US have all been healthcare workers exposed to the body fluids of an Ebola patient. So far no one with a casual exposure has contracted the disease. It is not spread by droplet or aerosol means, only by working with or handling body fluids without appropriate gear.

The Urgent Care Association of America suggests the following:

If you have exposure and symptoms, quarantine yourself and call 911 and tell them you may have Ebola so they can arrive prepared. Do NOT go to the doctor or urgent care center, just call 911 directly.

October 31st, 2014|All, In the News|

Falls in the Elderly

More than a 3rd of people over 65 will fall each year. Fractures are the most serious health consequence of falls. Up to 25 percent of hip fracture patients die within the first year. About 11,000 people will die from these falls each year.

Some of the factors that increase the risk of losing your balance are: side effects of medication, nutrition, lack of exercise and hazards in the home.

Let’s start with some of the hazards in your home and the easy steps to correct them.

  • Throw rugs: the number one item that seniors slip on and loose their balance. Get rid of them. If you must have them make sure they are slip resistant or use double face tape to secure them to the floor. If you use slip resistant rugs, check the backing regularly. Rubber backing can wear away.
  • Electrical/phone cords: do not use extension cords, if you have to rearrange your furniture so that lamps, tv’s and appliances have easy access to outlets. Tape down your cords to reduce the chance of tripping on them.
  • Lighting: have night lights, they are not just for children. Replace your existing wall switches with a “glow switch”.
  • Check your vision. […]
October 14th, 2014|All|