Volunteer Day at Elizabeth Park

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For the second year in a row, New England Urgent Care staff have chosen to help beautify historic Elizabeth Park in Hartford. On the national register of historic places, Elizabeth Park has a little more than one hundred acres of formal gardens, green space, recreational facilities, walking paths, and a café where visitors can enjoy a meal and refreshments.

“Giving back to our community is an integral part of New England Urgent Care’s philosophy. Each year our team votes on which place or cause they would like to place their energy. This year, Elizabeth Park topped the survey for the second year in a row,” commented Luciane Mastrangeli, Lead X-ray Technologist and Marketing Coordinator.

New England Urgent Care Providers, RNs, x-ray Techs, and support staff will work along side one another to plant, dig and weed on June 6th.

seasonal allergies

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Have you had little to no success with over-the-counter medications to combat the drippy nose and itchy eyes? Maybe you can do something more.

A group urgent care clinic physicians across the country have developed this list of food recommendations to help allergy sufferers fight the effects of springtime allergies.
  1. Eat bland foods. Skip the spicy foods. They can cause your body to produce more histamines. These are chemicals your body releases during allergic reactions, which cause sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, etc.
  2. Eat honey. Especially local honey, which contains the pollen causing your allergies. This will actually help build up your immunity towards those allergens.
  3. Drink green tea (hot or cold). It contains natural antihistamines and can help reduce your symptoms.
  4. Eat more fish. Omega-3s found in fatty fish, like salmon, trout or tuna boost have anti-inflammatory properties and can boost your immunity.
  5. Eat pineapple. It’s packed with vitamins C and B, and the enzyme Bromelain, which can reduce swelling in the nose and sinuses.
They also recommend avoiding following:
  1. Alcohol: Even one glass of wine or an alcoholic beverage could irritate existing allergies during allergy season. Researchers think the bacteria and yeast in the alcohol produce histamines.
  2. Cow’s Milk: Products made from cow’s milk can increase mucus production, especially if you experience post nasal drip. However, goat’s milk has much less lactose and causes almost no allergies.
  3. Tomatoes: Tomatoes are rich in histamines and share similar proteins to those found in pollen. If you eat them on high pollen-count days, the tomato proteins may cross-react with pollen and could cause what is known as “oral allergy syndrome.” Hint: if grass pollen gives you a scratchy throat, eliminate fresh tomatoes from your springtime diet.
  4. Sugar: Avoid sweets during allergy season. A spike in blood sugar triggers an insulin response and that can lead to congestion.
If you suffer from allergy symptoms lasting more than a few days, we recommend you stop in to be checked out by a New England Urgent Care Provider.

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Food poisoning is not fun. In fact, it can be quite serious. See how well you know the dos and don’ts of proper food safety.

  1. Harmful bacteria can accurately be detected by sight, smell or taste.
    TRUE or FALSE
  2. Federal regulations require product dating on all foods.
    TRUE or FALSE
  3. It’s OK to eat bread that has mold on it as long as the mold is scraped off.
    TRUE or FALSE
  4. Washing raw chicken removes bacteria.
    TRUE or FALSE
  5. You can drink milk past the date on the carton.
    TRUE or FALSE
  6. Food can be left out for up to 2 hours.
    TRUE or FALSE

Food safety 

  1. Harmful bacteria can accurately be detected by sight, smell or taste.
    False
    You cannot tell if food is still safe just by looking at it. Dangerous bacteria can grow very fast on food that is left out too long.
  2. Federal regulations require product dating on all foods.
    False
    Federal regulations only require product dating for infant formula.
    For meat, poultry, and egg products, dates may be voluntarily applied in compliance with Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulations.
  3. It’s OK to eat bread that has mold on it as long as the mold is scraped off.
    False
    If you see a spot on bread that’s fuzzy or colorful there may be more than you can’t see. So it’s safest to discard the entire loaf. However, mold on cheese is a different story. It’s OK to cut off an inch around and under the mold and eat the rest.
  4. Washing raw chicken removes bacteria.
    False
    You can actually spread bacteria by washing raw chicken! Chicken juice can get onto your sink, countertop, and other surfaces thereby increasing your chance of food poisoning. Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling any raw food.
  5. You can drink milk past the date on the carton.
    True
    The date on the carton is a “sell-by” date. It is not an “expiration” or “use-by” date. Milk should stay fresh a few days past the date, as long as you refrigerate it right way.
  6. Food can be left out for up to 2 hours.
    True
    You don’t have to rush away from the dinner table to put leftovers in the fridge, but don’t wait too long. Store them within 2 hours of cooking. Food served outdoors in hot weather needs to go in a cooler with ice within an hour. Throw away anything that’s been left out longer.

Symptoms of food poisoning

Symptoms can vary depending on the type of contamination. Here is a list of common symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Watery or bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Fever

If symptoms last longer than a day or two or are severe, we urge you to seek immediate medical treatment.

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It’s only fitting that New England Urgent Care celebrated its eighth anniversary on Valentine’s Day. “We love what we do; we love our patients and the community; and, we love our staff,” explains New England Urgent Care Co-founder Yahel Gutman, RN, BSN, CYI, Clinical Director, and Certified Yoga Instructor (YTT-200H).

The staff also shares this sentiment.

Registered Nurse Kathy Williams puts it this way, “I came on board three years ago in April. I truly enjoy how I get to spend one-on-one time with our patients, explaining their discharge information and setting up aftercare, when needed. Most importantly, staff is like family. We’re a real team. I‘m proud and inspired to work with people who really know their stuff.”

Patient Registration Supervisor Paula Cole had been with New England Urgent Care since May of 2012. What started out as a part-time job has turned into a full-time career. “We see an amazing variety of patients — ages, backgrounds and ailments. I honestly don’t think I’ve seen the same scenario twice. Our incredible Provider/RN teams have the experience to treat 99% of the patients who come in without having to send them to the hospital ER. I love that there’s a real hometown, community feel here. Patients see it, too, and know we care about them.”

What began as a single clinic in West Hartford on Valentine’s Day 2001, has grown to a four-clinic system in the greater Hartford area. New England Urgent Care differentiated itself from others from the get-go and is unique in the walk-in medical care industry:

·      It is the only center in Connecticut staffed with award-winning Emergency Medicine-trained Provider/RN teams offering the highest level of care in the industry;

·      It is the only Certified Urgent Care with multiple locations ensuring the consistency of highest quality of care;

·      It has the ability to treat every age group and all non-emergency conditions; and

·      If required, can direct-admit patients to many area hospitals, bypassing the ER altogether.

·      With added convenience, New England Urgent Care is open later on weekends than most others.

With a business model of ER-quality care, compassion and convenience for its patients, there’s a lot to love about New England Urgent Care.