I & O Medical Centers Blog

Clearing Up Misconceptions About Urinalysis

Published Monday, July 16, 2018
At I & O Medical Centers, we work closely with our clients to build a protocol around each company’s needs. When patients come into our clinics for pre-employments, often they will be required to do a urinalysis as part of the hiring process. The majority of the time, companies will require a baseline physical and a drug screen as part of the pre-employment process. Our clinics s ..

Healthy Employees are Happy Employees

Published Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Workers who are physically active reap the following benefits for themselves: Lower blood pressure Decreased cortisol levels Better sleep Easier to maintain a healthy weight Improved mood Increased immune system Lower risk of heart disease Lower risk of cancer Lower risk of diabetes Decreased stress Decreased recovery time from illness or injury Higher self esteem Decre ..

The Cost of Smoking

Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018
If you smoke and are employed by or run a business that works with hazardous materials, there are some important facts you need to know. Smoking causes 1 in every 5 deaths in the United States every year. I & O Medical Centers wants its patients and clients to be aware of the risks and dangers. The cost of smoking is immense. Monetarily, it costs the average smoker out of pocket be ..

Spring Seminar 2018 Recap

Published Thursday, May 31, 2018
I & O Medical Centers would like to thank everyone who was able to come out and celebrate our 30th Anniversary Spring Seminar! It is such a pleasure to serve each and every company that we have been able to build such a great lasting relationship with. We had some wonderful speakers come to the event delivering information pertinent to the healthcare field ranging from Workers Compensation ..

Respirator Fit Testing

Published Thursday, March 08, 2018
Many of our clients require their employees to wear respirators for work. Due this high demand, our clinics are no strangers to respirator fit testing! No matter the industry your company is in, we can help you stay safe and compliant. What type of testing is done for respirator fit testing? Qualitative tests use your senses such as taste and smell to generate a reaction if there is a leak in  ..

Hazmat surveillance

Published Thursday, February 15, 2018
Hampton Roads is a home to one of the biggest shipyards in the United States and has a substantial amount of contactors fueling the maritime industry. In addition to the maritime industry, the construction industry and logistics industry are big players in our area. Since our clinics service several different industries, we must properly medically survey employees working in them. One common c ..

What is an EMR form and how does it help my business?

Published Thursday, February 01, 2018
Employer Medical Request forms (EMR) are a tangible form that employees can take to any one of our clinics to be seen. Our EMR forms benefit companies for reasons such as: Reduced employee confusion Easy access to all of our addresses (extremely beneficial while out in the field) Quick reference to the most frequented services offered at our clinics Physical paper trail for accounting ..

Why I & O Medical Centers should be your #1 choice for Workers' Compensation

Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018
With the Virginia Medical Fee Schedule in full effect, many employers may have thoughts about reconsidering who they send their employees to for medical care. Employers in the past have made their decision solely on pricing, but now that all fees for Workers' Compensation are the same across the board, this decision may be tricky. I & O Medical Centers will continue to provide the BEST med ..

Breath Alcohol Testing

Published Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Excessive use of alcohol can lead to serious problems in the workplace. According to OSHA, “employees who abuse alcohol are five times more likely to file a work comp claim and are more likely injure themselves or someone else.” This creates a major concern for employers, especially employers with fleet vehicles. Due to these concerns, companies create and enforce a drug policy tha ..

Cold Stress

Published Friday, December 08, 2017
Cold stress is a collective term for various cold related injuries due to prolonged exposure to working outside during the colder months. If you recall our tip of the month "The Occ Doc's Guide to Beat the Heat" (/blog/beat-the-heat) we briefly described the easy ways to spot and treat employees working in the summer’s heat. The seasons may have changed, but working outside still remains ..

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