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Thursday, February 3, 2022. The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning for the area. Based on the current forecast we will be CLOSED after noon today and all day tomorrow. We will plan to reopen at our normal time on Monday at 8:00 AM. If you have any questions, please call us. Monitor our website and Facebook page for updates. Everyone be safe!


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As of January 21, 2022 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has eased the requirements for passing Department of Transportation (DOT) commercial driver’s license (CDL) exams for applicants with vision in only one eye (monovision). In the past, drivers could meet requirements only with a waiver and documentation from an ophthalmologist. Under the new requirements, all other vision requirements must still be met. These requirements for the “better eye” include at least 20/40 vision with or without corrective lenses, at least 70 degrees horizontal field of vision, acceptable color vision, and no evidence of instability in their visual health. For what it’s worth, data has not shown that collision rates are any higher in drivers with monovision compared to drivers in general.


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Sunday, January 16, 2022. Although there is a National Weather Service Winter Storm Warning in effect for today and tomorrow, Redpoint Medical is scheduled to be open for our regular office hours 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Monday, January 17, 2022. We want our staff and patients to be safe and encourage everyone to be cautious, use their best judgement, and leave lots of extra time for travel. We will be monitoring conditions very closely and will post here and on our Facebook page if we have any change in office hours or if, in the case of extreme conditions, we elect to close our office for the day. Check for updates!


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Redpoint Medical will close at 1:00 PM today for the safety of our staff and patients. For now, we anticipate reopening at our regular time tomorrow, Friday, January 7, 2022 at 8:00 AM. Of course, this is pending the condition of the streets and roads once all the snow is down. Check here for updates. Be safe, everyone!


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The staff of Redpoint Medical would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! As a reminder to our clients, we will be closed on Thursday, November 25, for the official holiday and on Friday November 26, to allow our staff extra time with their friends and families. We will reopen on Monday, November 29 on our regular schedule, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Thanks for your patience. Safe travels, everyone!


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Tempted to run to your doctor for some drugs for that little sniffle? The US Centers for Disease Control is observing Antibiotic Awareness Week from November 18-24, 2021.  While antibiotics have revolutionized medicine and have saved countless lives, they are also now one of the most misused and dangerous classes of medications. For example, most of our upper respiratory symptoms are viruses (yep, COVID), allergies, or minor infections for which antibiotics aren’t appropriate. The danger comes both in the short term (dangerous side effects or allergic reactions) and in the long term (allowing antibiotic resistance to flourish – superbugs!). Be sure to keep yourself as healthy as possible, discuss your situation thoroughly with your healthcare provider, and take your prescriptions exactly as written (no saving up the last few pills for future self-treatment!). For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/week/get-involved.html.


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Oh, deer.  Will COVID ruin everything? We’ve seen the stories of household pets getting COVID and some zoo animals even dying with the virus. And now, is our annual rite of hiding in the trees and bushes to score tasty venison for Thanksgiving at risk?  Several studies have shown that COVID is showing up in white tail deer populations across the US. Is this trouble? Probably not. First, there have been no documented cases of deer-to-human transmission of COVID. Second, deer do not appear to suffer illness from carrying the virus. Third, even if a deer has COVID virus in its system, once cooked, its meat offers no risk to the consumers. What’s all this amount to, then?  Hunters should simply avoid the secretions from the animal’s mouth and nose, use gloves when field dressing or processing the animal, use good kitchen hygiene, and cook venison properly.  Sorry, deer, but it looks like you’re still on the menu … for now.


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Vick’s VapoRub and Heisenberg? What’s the connection? Drug testing usually looks for amphetamines, a group of stimulants. Of course, these can be used legitimately (in medications, for example Adderall, for attention deficit disorder (ADD) or narcolepsy) or illegally (as “meth” (methamphetamines) also known by countless street names). Amphetamines exist in two distinct forms with very different effects – you can think of these as right hand (“d”) and left hand (“l”) versions, also know as isomers.  The “l” form is a mild stimulant (and in Vick’s Inhaler a mild decongestant), but the “d” form is much more potent and addictive. Only a small amount of the “l” form is converted by the body to the “d” form, but not so much in the other direction.  When a drug screen is performed the amounts of each of the forms are measured.; this tells the physician analyzing the result which substance is responsible for the result, the “d”rug form or the “l”egit form. People who have used Vick’s or ADD medication should not worry about passing a drug screen if the drug screen is analyzed properly – just ask Walter White … or us! If you have any questions about this type of testing, we’d be happy to help sort it out.


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Worried your applicants are trying to beat a drug test? One maneuver is to dilute (water down) one’s urine by drinking excessive fluids or using diuretics. Since testing is based on concentration of drugs in the urine, this makes it more likely that the measured amount will fall below the “cut-off” and, thus,  be deemed “negative” (it’s like making 10 gallons of tea using only one teabag). But, not so fast! We’re on to them. Lab testing also includes two key biologic measurements: specific gravity and creatinine. Specific gravity is urine density compared to plain water; creatinine is a bodily by-product that serves as an indicator of dilution. Measuring these two gives an excellent picture of the “quality” of the specimen. They determine if the urine submitted is substituted (not really urine), invalid (too much like water for testing), or dilute (more watery than normal). This might trigger recollection (and someone might have to watch them pee next time) or might be considered a refusal to test. We have a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO) that can held sort this out.  If you have any drug screening questions, call us!


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