I & O Medical Centers Blog

Why Maritime Physicals Are So Specialized

Published Friday, September 07, 2018
It's Not Easy Being a Mariner The life of a mariner can be tough, but also exciting work for those who choose a life on the water. The physical demands and long hours of the job can push the seafarers to their limits, which is why physical evaluations for these seafaring men and women are so important. In the Coast Guard or Merchant Marine Navy, ships are out to sea for months at a time so it  ..

What is a B Reader X-Ray and Why is it So Important?

Published Wednesday, August 08, 2018
A B Reader describes a certified doctor by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). They must exhibit proficiency in classifying x-rays of pneumoconiosis. In 2013, pneumoconiosis resulted in 260,000 deaths globally, up from 251,000 deaths in 1990. Pneumoconiosis is any disease of the lungs caused by inhaling dust, causing it to be deposited deep in the lungs caus ..

Safety with Respirable Silica

Published Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Be diligent about your safety when working with respirable silica! It could save your life. What is crystalline silica? This is a basic component of concrete, sand, granite and many other materials. If you work with sand blasting, glass etching, painting, jackhammers, asphalt, paving, ceramic manufacturing, tool and die, or construction — just to name a few — you need to be aware of silica.  ..

Tips for Passing your DOT Physical

Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Worried about passing your DOT physical? Here are some pointers to help you out! Your blood pressure needs to be under control! Exercise — this is an easy way to lower blood pressure and reduce stress. Do not drink excess alcohol; it raises blood pressure dramatically. Quit smoking. Reduce sodium in your diet, limit intake of processed foods. Cut back on caffeine. Eat mor ..

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 ..

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