Gilbert, AZ, December 07, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- The distractions of the holiday season result in unexpected injuries and illness that cause thousands to seek medical care each year. Today, FastMed Urgent Care announced the opening of three additional walk-in facilities bringing their total number of urgent care centers in the greater Phoenix area to eight.
More accidents occur during the holiday season than any other time during the year.
The top 5 health mishaps that occur during the holiday season include:
· Falls – hanging lights and decorations from atop a ladder
· Sprains and Strains – lifting heavy boxes, packages and suitcases
· Cuts and lacerations – assembling toys, wrapping gifts
· Cold and Flu – germs spread from out of town guests
· Fires – candle related fires are one of the most common holiday home hazards
In anticipation of the increased need for medical care during the holiday season, FastMed is offering extended holiday hours at all of its locations. In addition, FastMed is connecting with on-the-go patients through iTriage®, a free mobile healthcare app that lets smartphone users search symptoms and identify the types of treatment that urgent care centers provide, avoiding an unnecessary trip to the emergency room.
“At FastMed, we urge our patients to be extra careful during the hectic holiday season,” said Michael P. Dunn, MD, Chief Medical Officer, FastMed Urgent Care of Arizona. “Not all illnesses and injuries require a visit to the ER, and the addition of our new locations in Mesa and Scottsdale allow us to help those in need of medical care in a quick and convenient manner.”
About FastMed Urgent Care - Arizona
Focusing on the delivery of non-appointment based medicine to the non-emergency patient market, FastMed urgent care centers are open 365 days a year and are staffed with experienced, licensed physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. For more information about FastMed or to find one of the eight greater Phoenix metropolitan area locations, please visit http://www.fastmed.com.
About iTriage, LLC
Headquartered in Denver, CO and co-founded by two emergency medicine physicians, iTriage offers a unique Symptom-to-Provider™ pathway that empowers patients to make better healthcare decisions. iTriage helps people answer the two most common medical questions: “What condition could I have?” and “Where should I go for treatment?” Millions of consumers around the globe have downloaded iTriage on their mobile devices and thousands of healthcare providers use iTriage to reach and communicate critical facility and service information to patients. For more information, please visit http://about.iTriageHealth.com.