• FAQs About DOT Physicals

    Commercial truck drivers work under difficult conditions. The boredom of long hours on the road can lead to inattentiveness, which can cause a fatal accident. The prolonged periods of sitting down aren’t healthy, either. To ensure the safety of everyone on the nation’s roadways, commercial truck drivers must have regular DOT physicals. Without a DOT medical card issued by a qualified medical examiner, commercial drivers are not legally able to perform interstate transportation.

    Can I visit any doctor for a physical?

    No. You must visit a medical provider who is certified to perform these exams by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). All of our Providers at Paramount Urgent Care are certified to perform the DOT exam.

    What happens during a DOT physical?

    The main purpose of this exam is to assess whether you’re healthy enough to operate a big rig. During your physical, the doctor will:

    • Check your blood pressure
    • Examine your spine for deformities
    • Examine your ears, eyes, mouth, and throat
    • Do a vision screening
    • Do a neurological exam
    • Palpate your abdomen
    • Do a hernia check
    • Listen to your lungs and heartbeat

    How long will the exam be valid?

    In most cases, you won’t need another exam for 24 months. In some situations, your doctor may issue a short-term medical examiner’s certificate. This is done in order to monitor certain health problems, including high blood pressure.

    Will I fail the exam if I have a chronic medical condition?

    It depends on the health issue you have. You need to disclose your full health history to the medical examiner. Medical conditions that will disqualify you from driving commercially include hearing impairment, vision loss, epilepsy, and diabetes.

    Are there any exemptions?

    Yes. If you have a disqualifying condition, you may apply for an exemption that would allow you to drive a commercial truck.

    Do I need another DOT physical if I take a job with a different company?

    Not unless your DOT medical card is already up for renewal. It’s valid nationwide, and transfers to other companies. However, your new employer has the right to require new employees to complete a physical exam by the company doctor, as per company policy.

    Need a DOT physical and live near Orlando? Stop by one of the convenient locations of Paramount Urgent Care. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.

  • Confidential STD/HIV Testing at Paramount Urgent Care

    Paramount Urgent Care is a leading provider of urgent care services, and we have 4 fully-equipped locations where our knowledgeable staff provides patients with prompt care in a comfortable environment. Also, our STD and HIV testing services are always 100% confidential, so you can feel comfortable knowing that we prioritize both your wellness and your privacy.

    STDs and HIV can have a serious impact on your health, and they are also contagious. Because of this, it’s important to undergo testing if you suspect that you have one of these diseases. We provide confidential testing for:

    • HIV
    • Syphilis
    • Gonorrhea
    • Chlamydia
    • Bacterial vaginosis
    • Herpes types 1 and 2
    • Trichomonas
    • Hepatitis A, B, C

    Paramount Urgent Care has walk-in clinics in Orlando, Clermont, Oviedo, and Lady Lake where we offer everything from routine health care to non-life threatening urgent care. If you would like to learn more about our locations or confidential STD and HIV testing services, then please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.

  • Going Smoke-Free for a Healthier Workplace

    By increasing workplace productivity and reducing healthcare and urgent care costs, supporting the health of your employees can save your company money. One way to promote the health of your staff is to encourage smoking cessation. Keep reading for tips on going smoke-free to create a healthier workplace.

    Offer a Smoking Cessation Program

    The American Lung Association offers a highly-effective smoking cessation program called Freedom From Smoking®. Used by health plans, employers, and medical facilities, this program helps individuals quit smoking to become smoke-free for life. Freedom From Smoking® uses a behavior-based methodology, provides a systematic approach to quitting smoking, and has a track record of effectiveness.

    Educate Employees About the Consequences of Smoking

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking is to blame for more than 480,000 deaths that occur in the U.S each year. Knowing the impact of smoking on their health can be an excellent motivator for many individuals to go smoke-free. For this reason, you can support your goals for a healthier workplace by providing your staff with educational materials.

    Choose Insurance with Comprehensive Cessation Benefits

    To help encourage healthier and smoke-free workplaces, the American Lung Association advises employers to offer a health insurance plan that includes a comprehensive tobacco cessation benefit. While the Affordable Care Act requires that employer-sponsored health insurance covers smoking cessation, choosing policies that go beyond the minimum requirements may encourage more of your staff members to go smoke-free.

    Provide Employees with Multiple Incentives

    Offering lower health insurance premiums is one great way to encourage your staff to stop using nicotine. However, there are several more steps you can take to inspire a smoke-free workplace. For example, you can offer rewards in the form of prizes, financial payments, or lottery chances in exchange for participating in a smoking cessation program.

    Paramount Urgent Care provides medical care in Orlando, Clermont, Oviedo, and Lady Lake, as well as corporate medicine and smoking cessation counseling services. To find out more, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.