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Posted on 11/08/2018 20:41

The end of the road is near for those waiting out the Highmark vs. UPMC healthcare dispute. In June of 2019, the state-legislated consent decree between the two Pittsburgh healthcare giants will expire – leaving countless families in our city and beyond with the unfortunate need to search for new primary care providers, specialists, hospitals and emergency rooms.

Why? In short, the Highmark vs. UPMC consent decree is the byproduct an inability from both sides to co-exist with each other for the betterment of our city’s health. And in turn, innocent patients will be the ones facing the consequences.

A DEEPER LOOK

The dispute between Highmark and UPMC reached its boiling point in 2014, when the contract between the two expired and new terms could not be agreed upon. UPMC announced it would no longer offer in-network access to its hospitals, doctors and services for those with Highmark insurance plans. However, the state of Pennsylvania intervened before the mandates could be implemented, and brokered a five-year consent decree that secured Highmark members continued access to UPMC services. With the decree set to end on June 30th, the harsh reality for those individuals is fast approaching.

For some, the matter of altering healthcare services isn’t the end of the world. But what about those who spent their entire lives building trustful relationships with the same doctors and providers? For them, this can be an exceedingly stressful situation – especially if their health conditions are serious and require consistent treatment. Their network of doctors, co-pays, deductibles, and annual costs will all change. In addition, individuals who qualify for Highmark Medicare  Advantage Plans might be required to pay in advance if they seek treatment at UPMC hospitals and cancer centers, as well.

Regardless, every Highmark customer will face significant disadvantages. 

OUR SOLUTION

So, what’s the answer?

From a UPMC vs. Highmark perspective,there isn’t a clear one – at least in the immediate future. Although that’s where we at Genesis Medical Associates enter the picture. We’ve always been (and will continue to be) an independently owned physician group that accepts all medical insurances. If you’re already with us, you don’t need to worry about switching healthcare providers or doctors. Nothing changes. And, for prospective new patients forced to transition next summer, just know you’d be joining a first-class care team that operates with a family-like approach. 

The health of our patients – and not what’s in their wallets – will always be our top priority.

As part of the Genesis family, you will experience dedicated care that emphasizes health promotion, disease prevention, patient education and verifiable quality of treatment. Our offices are conveniently located throughout the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh.  Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us today by calling 412-369-9550, visiting our website or using our Same Day Smartphone app!  

 

Posted on 10/09/2018 14:20

Although mental health awareness efforts have increased dramatically over the last several years, the stigma surrounding mental health is still an unfortunate reality that those suffering from clinical depression, anxiety and mood disorders must face on a regular basis. There’s still a majority of the population that doesn’t truly comprehend the complexity of the internal battles people are fighting.

“But happiness is a choice.”
 

No, not necessarily. Not for everyone.

For the 60 million people worldwide who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, managing the symptoms that come along with it can be a strenuous process requiring an immense amount of perseverance.

The mood swings alternating between the highs of mania and the lows of depression can eventually become familiar and identifiable, but implementing an effective plan to combat them and then actually following through with isn’t as clear-cut. With the societal stigma, people are less inclined to open up about their emotions, and instead bottle it all inside until a breaking point is reached.

That’s where the concept of self-care comes into play, a practice that allows individuals to take a proactive role in managing their mood disorder.

So, what’s self-care? It’s avoiding triggers that can spike mania or depression. It’s maintaining a consistent sleep schedule. It’s establishing a steady diet, exercising regularly, limiting impulse spending, keeping a structured routine and avoiding self-imposed stress. It’s seeking the help of psychologists and psychiatrists, practicing sobriety and, perhaps most importantly – it’s developing a support system of people who are willing to listen when a mood cycle arises. They can be friends, family members, therapists, national mental health alliances or even complete strangers.  

A combination of therapy and medication is recommended in order to receive expert medical attention. A psychologist can aid individuals in processing their mood swings and emotions, while a psychiatrist can help to balance out the chemical imbalances in the brain – primarily with dopamine and serotonin – that cause the bipolar disorder.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the disorder is divided into three different severity brackets.

Bipolar I Disorder – This is the most intense form of bipolar. It includes manic episodes that can last as long as 7-10 days with symptoms severe enough to require immediate hospital care. Depressive episodes typically linger for more two weeks at a time. However, periods of mania and depression can spike incrementally at the same time. This form is the most difficult to manage.


Bipolar II Disorder – Those with Bipolar II experience a pattern of hypomanic (a lesser form of mania) and depressive episodes. If not managed properly, it can still cause negative effects on one’s overall health and well-being in addition relationships with people around them. A mix of therapy and medication is suggested.

Cyclothymia – As the least intense form of bipolar disorder, cyclothymia includes several cycles of hypomanic symptoms with periods of depression mixed in. The symptoms can last a lot longer – as much as 1-2 years – but do not meet the diagnostic requirements to be labeled as an actual episode.   

Our primary care team at Genesis Medical and Associates is here for patients combating bipolar and other mental health disorders. Remember, we consider you family, and will do everything in our power to help manage your symptoms. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today!






 

Posted on 09/17/2018 14:40

This is the second part of a three-part blog series featuring insight from Genesis Medical Associates primary care physician, Sunjay Mannan M.D., that highlights different pressing topics within preventative healthcare services. In this excerpt, we discuss the benefits of patient care engagement practices, palliative care and POLST forms.

In preventative healthcare, longitudinal patient care engagement is essential to preventing the majority of medical conditions ailing society today. What do we mean by longitudinal? Well, for most healthy patients, it means a once-a-year visit to your primary care physician in order to ensure we catch early onset diseases, or – in the best case scenario – prevent them all together.

“The patient can be very proactive in their own health,” said Dr. Mannan. “If someone has high blood pressure, they can get a blood pressure cuff for their house. When they come into the office with 15 blood pressure readings that show their true values I can adjust their medications off that instead of off 1-2 in the office. This type of engagement can make the care more extensive and individualized ”

Other areas of emphasis include nutrition, exercise and stress reduction strategies. A patient dealing with high blood pressure could speak with a dietician or personal trainer, consider home workout equipment or reduce their work schedule to decrease stress.

However, patient care engagement isn’t a one-sided concept. It falls on the doctor to motivate the patient to play a proactive role in their own health. In this instance, it’s up to the doctor to enable the patient to break down their own barriers.

For instance, let’s say Dr. Mannan pinpoints a specific aspect of a patient’s life that should be improved upon and suggest they change that aspect of their life with a solution. It’s proven that the patient will be more inclined do so if they came to that same realization on their own rather than just following the advice of their doctor.

For example…

Doctor: Why do you think you’re stressed?

Patient: I’ve taken on an intensive position at work that is too much for me to handle.

Doctor: What are some steps you can take to relieve that stress?

Patient: I should probably talk to my boss about scaling back my role.

Doctor: Tell me how you can scale back specifically? What would keep you from scaling back?

For example…

Doctor: You’ve gained 5lbs and you’re on the border of what we consider obese. Let’s catch this now. What do you feel is causing this?

Patient: I think I’ve been dealing with depression, and I’m overeating. It just makes me feel good.

Doctor: OK, tell me more about what’s going on. Let’s see how we can find a solution.

“For doctors, it comes down to asking open questions and listening,” Dr. Mannan said. “Allowing the patient to talk it out can often lead to them coming to their own conclusion.”

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Q: Do you feel that patient care engagement is a concept that some doctors don’t emphasize enough?

Dr. Mannan: I think doctors may underestimate the amount of knowledge that the patient wants regarding their medical condition. It has nothing to do with the doctor caring, but instead the nature of medicine today – whether it’s the length of the appointment or the patient hearing different advice from different doctors. Patients often tell me “I was never explained my medication in that way…. “The doctor never gave me options and allowed me to chose”.

Maybe, they said “You have high blood pressure. This is your medication. Take it.” Or,

“You’re 50 years-old, you need a colonoscopy. Go get it done.”

I think patients want to know more than doctors give them credit for. It’s the providers job to educate the patient so the patient can make an educated decision regarding their health.

Q: What approach do you take in doing so?

Dr. Mannan: If you do it right the first time, it’s a one-time explanation and it builds trust. I have a whiteboard in all of my screening rooms. If we’re treating a kidney stone, I’ll draw the urinary system to explain why they have pain in different areas. If we are talking about fluid collecting in their legs, I’ll draw the veins and the valves that are giving away. I’ll explain on the board why there’s fluid building in your lungs. With those examples, seeing the light bulb turn on with the patient as to why the medication will help dilate the urinary system to help the stone pass, why the compression stockings help the fluid collection, or how a fluid pill can help them breath is all worth taking the extra time.

PALLIATIVE CARE AND ITS BENEFITS

As a family, it’s never easy to accept the natural decline of a family member with a serious illness. At that point, palliative or hospice care can be a resource to the patient and family for care.

There is a common misconception that palliative and hospice care are the same – a place where sick individuals go to spend the final few months, weeks or even days of their life without any kind of medical intervention. In reality there is a difference between the two. Whereas hospice care more fits the above description, palliative care can begin at diagnosis of a severe ailment and still provide the patient medical treatment versus just comfort.

“A lot of times there’s a patient who’s sick and the recommendation is that we should get palliative involved,” said Mannan. “But the family members maybe resistant, ‘No, absolutely not. My mom is still fighting.’ They’re just not ready as a family to accept how sick their family member is.”

If explained properly, palliative care can provide both patient and family a means to move forward at this stage. 

“The reason we’re going to consult palliative is to provide them more resources,” said Dr. Mannan. “We’re going to keep them comfortable for the rest of their life. We’re not going to do any heroic interventions, but they will still get medication, they can have labs drawn. We will still treat infections.

“In addition, there may be home nursing and care that then becomes available. ”

Q: What are the benefits to the patient/family with regards to hospice or palliative medicine? What are the benefits of these discussions early on?

Dr. Mannan: From the cost side, let’s say an inpatient stay is X amount of dollars a day, which can be thousands every time you’re in the hospital, and the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) is way more than that. If made hospice, the patient will be transitioned to the hospice floor/facility that is tailored to hospice on discharge. These facilities/hospice units will be less expensive rather than pursuing heroic measures that will eventually result in the same outcome. End of life discussions with the patient can avoid the guilt of a family member withdrawing care. Patients are naturally more comfortable having these conversations with doctors they have known for a longer period of time and they trust.

THE IMPORTANCE OF A POLST FORM

Palliative care and hospice are tools help with serious illness and end-of-life care, but what about when the time to pass away actually comes? It’s essential to be prepared. As patients approach the 65-year age mark, establishing a plan becomes increasingly important.

Doctors want to ensure that a patient’s end-of-life wishes are granted, which helps to shape the questions they ask during these conversations.

“The questions pertain to if you were to pass away,” said Dr. Mannan. “If you were to lose a pulse. If your heart stops, do you want a doctor to revive you/bring you back with CPR? If you lose the ability to breathe on your own, do you want a breathing tube placed to help you breathe with a machine?”

Patients don’t understand a lot of times that when you receive CPR, a breathing tube may be placed to protect their airway. Explaining the process can change their choices. These are patient-doctor conversations that need to take place to empower patients to decide on quality or quantity of life.

Typically, these wishes are put into legal writing through a “living will” to ensure the patient’s individual wishes are honored. In the state of Pennsylvania, however, an individual’s living will can be overruled by an immediate family member if that member was made the POA (power of attorney). If the patient grants a spouse, sibling, child or friend their Power of Attorney, that person would have final say in their end-of-life care…. even if it’s against the written will of the patient.

“This is an interesting question,” said Mannan. “Let us say you are married, you tell your spouse you want them to be your Power of Attorney, and state in your living will that you don’t want a breathing tube or CPR. In the event you become incapacitated, they can overrule your

living will if they are the power of attorney. It really blows my mind. These patients often are in the ICU intubated and sedated until the family can come to terms with losing that individual. But it was against that person's wish to be in that state to begin with.”

One way for a patient to communicate and solidify their end-of-life wishes is through a medical POLST (Pennsylvania Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) form. POLST forms are filled out between the doctor and patient when they have medical decision-making capacity, and is a medical order that must be followed by EMS, nursing homes, and hospitals. Given the nature of these discussion and time needed to fill them out, they are often filled out at the annual exam.

Q: From your experience, is it challenging to discuss end-of-life care with a patient when they may not be completely ready to face that reality?

Dr. Mannan: The conversations themselves do not bother me. The idea of not knowing ones end of life wishes and caring for them in acute situations does. If they can’t make that decision, I still want to have the conversation to the plant to seed for them to begin thinking about it. In that situation, the patient will be full treatment until they decide otherwise.

In the final segment of this series, we’ll discuss the proper way to manage drug regimens and how patients can establish healthy behaviors. For more health-related information, stay up to date with the Genesis Medical Associates blog.

 
Posted on 09/04/2018 18:36

In 2018, preventative medicine is at the forefront of the healthcare industry. The average individual in the United States lives to be 78 years-old, which can be attributed to a wider of range of available medical information and increased technological advances. And even with a slight decline over the last three years –primarily due to drug epidemics in urban areas across the country – the U.S. life expectancy rate is anchored by the average non-drug using individual’s ability to receive the proper amount of treatment to eclipse the 80-year age mark.

 

But this doesn’t just fall on the doctor’s shoulders. It’s actually a two-part effort between the doctor and the patient. Both sides must meet in the middle.

 

As Dr. Mannan describes, “Most automobile owners will get their oil changed and their state inspections religiously, but put off their own physical exams without understanding their value.”

 

“I think the idea is, ‘Hey, I’m healthy, why do I need to go to the doctor?,” he explained. “When in reality, so much preventable disease can develop during the 30-45 age gap that is completely symptomless, and that’s the problem. You feel good, but things in your body are changing”.

 

“During that 15-year period it is important to establish a relationship with a specific family doctor so when stuff does happen, you have someone you can trust who’s in your corner.”

 

Without an annual physical, two of the most common health issues that arise during the 30 to 45-year window are High Blood Pressure and Pre-diabetes. Both can be prevented or treated before serious complications arise.

 

“Those are definitely the two big ones,” Dr. Mannan said. “Consistently elevated blood pressures can cause damage to your kidneys, brain, heart, and eyes.  Patients may not be obese, but they’ve gained some weight. They used to play sports or go to the gym, but now life keeps them busy. Slowly your blood sugar rises, and your at risk for Pre-Diabetes.”

 

Catching these ailments early is the purpose of the annual physical.

 

Another issue is continuity of care

 

Instead of following up with their Family Physician people often treat their health issues on a singular case-by-case basis. If one injures their shoulder, they go see an Orthopedist. Foot problems? A Podiatrist. Seasonal allergies? An Allergist. And so on.

 

But in a lot of these cases, the patient’s symptoms can be effectively treated by a family physician, who can then point them in the direction of a trusted specialist if it is necessary. Longitudinal care is essential to receiving consistent and personalized treatment.

 

Q: In your opinion, how can you best identify which patients from 30-45 are likely to develop high blood pressure or diabetes?

A: The way I look at it as Nature vs. Nurture.

 

It first starts with genetics, nature. Your parents are a great roadmap to your health. If your parents have high blood pressure or diabetes then you’re more likely to have that as well. .. We have patients who are marathon runners, but they have high blood pressure because they were just dealt that hand.

 

How you play your hand is the nurture factor.

 

You can have patients with a great family history, but they play the hand they were dealt poorly. They have a poor diet, gain weight, and put themselves at risk for these diseases. When a patient in their late 20s or 30s comes in, one of the first things I ask them is about the health of their parents.

 

Q: In these cases, what do you feel is the most proactive treatment?

A: For me personally, I believe less is more when it comes to medicine. If someone comes in with borderline high blood pressure, I give them three to six months to cut out salt, increase aerobic activity and decrease stress. After that, if their blood pressure is still elevated then medication is necessary to prevent long term complications.

 

With pre-diabetes my initial step is a referral to a certified nutritionist and an exercise prescription. Then two or three months later, if things progress to Type 2 Diabetes then the recommendation of medication is necessary.

 

Preventing recurrent hospitalizations in the elderly.

 

As we grow older our reserve to fight off disease declines which can lead to recurrent hospitalizations. Dr. Mannan hears it all the time in his COPD patients,

 

“Dad has been in the hospital three times this year because of his breathing”.

 

Yes, the ER is the safest environment to ensure the patient’s medical condition doesn’t take a turn for the worst. Although more often than not, these conditions can be prevented by frequent visits to a family physician rather than multiple visits to the hospital. For example, instead of winding up in and out of the ER, a patient could see their physician four to six times over a year – each appointment lasting 30 minutes at most – to address health concerns that have the potential to develop into serious conditions.

 

“At these appointments, I’ll ask them diagnosis-specific questions,” said Dr. Mannan. For example with a patient who has COPD; “How’s their breathing? Do they need refills on medications? What’s your quality of life? Has anything changed? Are their any sick people around you?

 

Brief frequent visits can often be the solution to prevent lengthy recurrent hospitalizations.

 

Q: Sometimes older patients can be a little stubborn about their health. What do you feel is the best way to combat that?

A: By taking a team approach to their health that involves the immediate family members. In these instances, it can really be an interesting conversation. At this point, these patients are stoic. They’ve been through life and don’t want to make a big deal out of what they feel are small medical issues. But it’s really important to have their family members in the room to be able to voice their opinions and sometimes provide a reality check.

 

In part two of the series, we’ll explore the differences between palliative care and hospice care, the proper way to manage drug regimens and the importance of establishing healthy behaviors. For more health-related information, stay up to date with the Genesis Medical Associates blog.

 

 

Posted on 08/15/2018 16:03

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Doctor Spotlight: Introducing Nicole Waltrip, M.D.

Here at Genesis Medical Associates, we’ve always considered our team of medical professionals to be a giant family dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients. In the next few weeks, we’ll add another member to the family, one who will undoubtedly strengthen our already exceedingly consistent services.  

Let’s welcome Dr. Nicole Waltrip, M.D. to the team. And to put it lightly, we’re ecstatic to have her on board.

Waltrip brings over 20 years of experience to Genesis, and will oversee the implementation of our new Women’s Health and Gynecology care services beginning in September 2018. A 1996 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Waltrip’s vast experience, expert analysis, track record of success and keen awareness for doctor-patient relationships will provide Genesis with everything we need to provide a proactive Women’s Health program that supports females of all ages.

Prior to joining our care team, Dr. Waltrip spent the last 10 years with the UPMC Greater Pittsburgh Ob/Gyn practice while teaching as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s school of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services. She’s also an active member of the American Medical Association along with the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County medical societies.

For us, she was an obvious fit.

“Genesis Medical Associates are extremely excited to add a physician of Nicole Waltrip's knowledge and patient care experience to our medical staff team,” said Genesis executive director Mark Kissinger. “Dr. Waltrip is well known and respected in the health community and will see patients with any insurance plan as does the rest of the Genesis primary care team and medical practice.  We are eager to add expanded Women’s Health and Gynecological Care to our list of services.”

We sat down with Dr. Waltrip in order to gain deeper perspective and insight on her background, beliefs and approach to women’s health.

Q: To begin, can you tell us about your upbringing? Did it influence your decision to pursue medicine as a career?

A: I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the small town of Ishpeming, and then attended Kalamazoo College – a private liberal arts school in lower Michigan – where I majored in Biology. From there, I attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to pursue my doctorate. That’s where I met my future husband who was also studying medicine. We then both did our residency training in Pittsburgh. My husband Rob now works for Tri Rivers as an orthopedic surgeon.

Q: Why did you and your husband choose Pittsburgh? What do you love most about the city?

A:My husband and I both found a good match in Pittsburgh.  He did his residency at UPMC in orthopedics and I did mine at Magee Womens Hospital in Ob/gyn.  We both fell in love with Pittsburgh. We love to waterski and kept a boat on the Allegheny River for many years.  We also enjoy all of the great restaurants and having the Cultural District for theater and entertainment.

Q: During your upbringing, did anyone else in your family work in medicine?

A: My father was a general practice physician in a small town. He practiced obstetrics, general surgery, and family medicine. My father had an amazing bedside manner and I think that is what inspired me to follow in his footsteps. I enjoy caring for women and was stimulated by the variety that a career in obstetrics and gynecology provided. Several years ago, I decided to concentrate on gynecology. Although I loved obstetrics, the on-call demands became too difficult after having 3 children of my own.

Q: After you stopped doing obstetrics, how has your career transitioned?

A: Once I gave up obstetrics, I found that I had more time to devote to my patients. I enjoy caring for women of all ages from adolescence through postmenopause. I keep up-to-date with continued training and reading to provide the best possible care.

Q:What do you feel the most important aspect is to the doctor-patient relationship?

A: I think it is crucial to be a good listener and let each woman have time to discuss concerns. This allows me to tailor each visit to the needs of the patient. I think being nonjudgmental is important. I feel privileged that women trust me with their sensitive gynecologic concerns.

Q: What do you feel is the most enjoyable part of your job?

A: Definitely the long-term relationships I’ve formed, and trust we develop over the years.

Q: How does it feel to be moving from UPMC to Genesis Medical Associates? You’ll start in September. Are you excited? What’s different about your new role?  

A: It's really, really exciting. In the past it was difficult to make practice changes or improvements. I look forward to setting up a patient-friendly practice. I'm thankful to the Genesis Medical group for providing me with this opportunity to expand gynecologic care for women.

 

For more information, visit http://www.genesismedical.org/and fill out the new patient form to schedule an appointment today!.

 
Posted on 06/28/2018 14:30

With summer comes heat - but while the warmth feels great after a Pennsylvania winter, the heat brings it own challenges. And our team knows that Western PA residents are likely to spend more time outdoors during this time of year. From trips to the Strip to paddles down the rivers to hikes in local woods and mountain ranges, there’s plenty to enjoy outside – and ample opportunity to suffer from heat related illness.

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Fortunately, some essential knowledge of heat-related illnesses can go a long way when a heat related emergency strikes - and more importantly, can help you avoid a bad situation altogether! Here’s what you need to know this summer:

What is heat-related illness?

Heat-related illness occurs when the body cannot cool itself down, usually during prolonged exposure to high heat and humidity. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are the three most common problems that arise. And heat stroke – the most severe of these – even causes the part of the brain that normally regulates body temperature to malfunction, decreasing our ability to sweat.

Who is most severely affected by heat-related illness?

Children, older adults, people with heart disease, people who are obese or alcoholic, and anyone who is already ill or injured will feel the effects of heat the fastest. Someone who is exercising in the heat is also at risk, meaning you can be in good shape and still suffer heat-related illness if the warning signs are overlooked or ignored.

Which activities can increase my risk?

Exercising in the heat is a big contributor to heat illness. Drinking alcohol, not drinking enough water, and wearing too much clothing during exposure to the heat also makes it difficult for your body to regulate its temperature. And certain medicines, sweat gland problems, and generally being unfamiliar with high heat can increase the chances of a heat emergency as well.

What are the signs of heat-related illness?

The three most common heat related illnesses each have similar but differing symptoms. Be sure to monitor for all of them this season:

  1. Heat Cramps. Look out for muscle cramps and pains, most often in the abdomen and legs. Very heavy sweating, fatigue, and thirst often accompany the cramps.
  2. Heat Exhaustion. Headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, and/or vomiting can all indicate heat exhaustion. Additionally your skin may become cool and moist, and your urine will darken due to dehydration.
  3. Heat Stroke (Sunstroke). Someone with heat stroke will have a temperature above 104 degrees. They may exhibit irrational behavior and extreme confusion, their breathing will be shallow, and their pulse will be weak and rapid. Someone with heat stroke is at risk of seizures and becoming unconscious. (Call 9-1-1 or a local emergency number immediately should these symptoms develop!)

What should I do if someone I’m with is showing signs of heat-related illness?

If someone develops cramps or exhaustion, you should get this person to a cool place and have them lie down. If possible, raise their feet about 12 inches and apply cool water to their skin. A cold compress to the neck, armpits, and groin will help, too. If the person is alert, allow them to sip water, or a salted sports drink, if available. Never give someone with signs of heat illness medication that typically reduces fever. They won’t help and may cause more harm than good.

If a person shows signs of shock, severe confusion, high fever, or if they lose consciousness, call 9-1-1.

What else can I do to address and prevent heat illnesses?

When venturing out into the heat, you should always make sure everyone - especially those at special risk - has enough water and protection from the sun to stay hydrated, avoiding sunburn, and stay cooler in general. You should also make it a priority to pinpoint shady areas, facilities with air conditioning and water, and places to sit in case of an emergency or the need to rest. Respect your limits and never push yourself while you’re outside! Enjoying your outdoor activities at a proper pace, and with breaks, will go a long way in helping you maintain your cool.

Do you have questions or concerns about the heat and how it may affect yourself or a family member this season? Don’t hesitate to make appointment with one of Genesis Medical’s practices and staff. We’re here to help address your specific needs and questions, and to help you and your family have an enjoyable and healthy summer!

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