This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

MD NowA® Explains Top Seven Reasons For Holiday Urgent Care Visits

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MD Now Medical Centers today announced increases in holiday injuries from accidents involved with cooking, and decorating in and around the house. Urgent care patient decreases are not expected, due to people rushing in with cold and flu like illness, as well as those who overindulge with eating and drinking.


"As the largest urgent care provider in South Florida, our physicians see every thing, from children who awake Christmas morning with pinkeye, to the pre-holiday meal carving accident," said Peter Lamelas, M.D., Medical Director of MD Now. "Rushing under stress during the holidays leaves people prone to injury, so MD Now Urgent Care Centers maintains normal 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. operating hours, even on holidays."

MD Now Urgent Care typically sees holiday increases of the following:

  1. Falls – sprains and fractures of the leg, ankle and hip from decorating
  2. Lacerations – sliced fingers that lead to postponed meals and urgent care trips
  3. Burns – dangling sleeves over a hot stove or rushing to remove meals from the oven can also create nasty burns
  4. Heartburn/indigestion – eating too much food, too fast can produce symptoms that mimic heart attack
  5. Food poisoning – cooking meat below suggested temperatures or eating a bird before it has completely defrosted
  6. Flu and colds – ignoring illness signs and attending a gathering can spread germs quickly
  7. Depression – loneliness and isolation of individuals without friends and family nearby

To combat some of these, MD Now Urgent Care physicians recommend the following:

  • Hire a professional, if the job puts you too far from the floor
  • Use only sharp knives and in experienced carvers' hands
  • Plan ahead, pre-cook dishes and freeze meals to prevent the rush that leads to injuries
  • Eat, drink and be merry, but in moderation
  • Check cooking temperatures with meat thermometers and prevent food spoilage
  • Routinely use an "alcohol based" liquid hand sanitizer

Doctors offices are closed during the holidays and emergency rooms are crazy busy; remember most certified Urgent Care Centers, like MD Now, are open 7 days week, including holidays.

1 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 18,030.21 +6.04 0.03%
S&P 500 2,081.88 -0.29 -0.01%
NASDAQ 4,773.4720 +8.0480 0.17%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs