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Imagine a world where you can’t get in to see your doctor for months or even years. Whether you simply need a prescription refill or help diagnosing and managing a chronic medical condition like diabetes, both can produce scary, or even life-threatening, scenarios.

Now, consider that the United States isn’t that far from this reality. In a 2021 report, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) predicted that a physician shortage is coming to the US. By 2034, the country will fall short of meeting the appropriate physician-to-patient ratios.

In fact, the AAMC believes that the US will fall between 40,000 to 124,000 doctors short in the next decade or so.

An Ideal Physician-to-Patient Ratio

It makes sense that densely-populated areas require more doctors in order to meet healthcare needs. That’s where the physician-to-patient ratio comes in. If you can measure this ratio, it tells you whether you have enough doctors to meet a geographical area’s healthcare needs.

Most states within the USA fall below the ideal physician-to-patient ratio. An ideal number is around 270 physicians per 100,000 people. This equates to about 370 patients per doctor. Many states hover around a rate closer to 200:100,000.

The governmental agency known as the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) works to increase healthcare access to vulnerable populations (geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable). Reports are available on their website. These reports show where vulnerable populations are located and where physicians are needed the most.

How Las Vegas Stacks Up

Nevada has been experiencing a physician shortage for some time. Currently, the state’s ratio remains around 200:100,000. Read more here about the OB/GYN Physician Shortage in Las Vegas.

HRSA reports displaying Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) show regions where there is a shortage of providers. Nevada shows 75 areas with a primary care physician shortage, plus numerous dental and mental health areas where there is a shortage of specialists to serve these populations.

A search on medically underserved areas from HRSA shows 25 regions within the state have underserved areas and populations. Specifically, these areas in Las Vegas are underserved:

My Virtual Physician is Increasing Access to Doctors & Specialists

It is My Virtual Physician’s mission to provide access to healthcare for men, women, and children. That’s why we offer online telemedicine visits for patients in any US state. This helps break down geographical barriers in order to increase the real physician-to-patient ratio. On top of that, we have taken it a step further with our hybrid clinic located in Las Vegas.

Read about our hybrid clinic’s opening here: My Virtual Physician Celebrates Las Vegas Hybrid Clinic Opening.

This clinic helps to serve populations who may not have access to the digital requirements of telemedicine. We provide a private room that our patients can use to meet virtually with our doctors inside the clinic located at 2217 Paradise Road in Las Vegas.

Additionally, the clinic provides immediate access for all populations. Walk-ins are welcome during business hours. Find out more here. Our doctors can provide primary care needs as well as specialty visits. In addition to our primary care doctors, we also have board-certified OBGYNs and Pediatricians ready to meet with patients.

 

There’s been a recent spike in positive RSV tests in the Las Vegas region. CDC data shows a jump to over 5% of positive PCR tests that began in September and October.

This spike resembles last year’s Vegas RSV data for September, but preliminary information looks like it might be doubling October’s numbers. So is it cause for concern?

Here’s everything you need to know about RSV if you’re living or staying in Las Vegas.

What is RSV?

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a seasonal respiratory virus that resembles the common cold, but can develop into a more serious illness for some people.

Each year, this virus spikes during cold weather months, typically late fall. This cycle, the CDC surveillance noticed that the peak is happening earlier than usual across the country, and hospitals are seeing more patients coming in with RSV.

Symptoms

The symptoms of RSV appear within a week after exposure, and they can include a series of effects lasting one to two weeks, such as:

For infants under one year old, the symptoms can be difficult to identify and can include the following:

Is it dangerous?

For most people, the RSV virus is not dangerous. The immune system naturally takes care of the virus with a one-to-two-week recovery period. Some populations are at a higher risk (babies under the age of one) of developing serious complications, including:

RSV is so common that most children contract and recover from RSV before turning two years old. Having RSV isn’t necessarily a cause for concern—but keep a close eye on the more troubling symptoms involving difficulty breathing and look for signs of dehydration.

Who is at Risk?

Infants, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems or existing breathing problems are at a higher risk when it comes to RSV. Their bodies may struggle more than others to heal from the virus and may require medical intervention.

Here’s a list of specific factors that may also put you or your loved ones at a higher risk of RSV-related complications:

If you or someone in your family is at a higher risk of complications from RSV, then follow the precautions in the next section to reduce your chances of exposure. If you have a trip planned to Vegas with your infant, you may want to reschedule until your baby is older and the spike in RSV has passed for the season.

How to Reduce the Spread of RSV

Follow these tips to help reduce the spread of RSV in Las Vegas and elsewhere:

If you believe you or your child has RSV, stay home for at least one week after symptoms begin. Schools and daycares tend to spread RSV. People with cold or flu-like symptoms should avoid contact with those who are at a higher risk of complications from RSV until they have recovered.

RSV Testing

RSV testing is available. There are several types of tests that can be used to diagnose the viral infection. Testing is recommended for more vulnerable populations with symptoms who are at a higher risk of developing severe respiratory infections from the virus.

The testing process varies but one method is very similar to Covid-19 testing; using a nasal swab. Another method requires flushing the nose with saline liquid to collect the sample for lab testing.

Treatment for RSV

In most cases, RSV clears up on its own, and no medical intervention is required. There are not currently any vaccines or medications that are used for recovering from RSV.

Here are some natural remedies that help to relieve the symptoms:

  1. Hydrate (try Pedialyte or similar electrolyte drinks)
  2. Over-the-counter pain and fever-reducing medications (acetaminophen)
  3. Avoid cold medicines for children without consulting with your pediatrician

If you need help treating the symptoms and over-the-counter medications are not helping, or you’re not sure about giving your child cold medicine, contact your doctor or pediatrician.

In rare cases, infants or older adults may require treatment in a hospital setting for a few days so that they can get oxygen or IV fluids to help with breathing and hydration while the body recovers. Out of 100 infants under six months old who test positive for RSV, only one or two will require hospitalization.

Getting RSV-Related Symptom Relief and Testing

RSV is a common virus that comes around every year and doesn’t pose much of a problem for most people. However, for some, it can become life-threatening. If you or someone in your family is at a higher risk for RSV-related complications and you’re concerned, there are steps you can take to minimize your exposure.

If you’re having symptoms and would like to get tested for RSV because you or someone you are around frequently is at a high risk for complications, contact My Virtual Physician to set up RSV testing or get medical advice to treat symptoms.

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My Virtual Physician has an exciting announcement to celebrate: our hybrid clinic on Paradise Road is now open in Las Vegas!

Our Mission

My Virtual Physician’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and convenient access to healthcare for men, women, and children. In other words, we use telemedicine to fill the healthcare access gap that’s left by the reality that many doctors don’t offer same-day services. Patients who need to see a doctor now have the ability to meet virtually with our team of physicians with same-day appointments.

Our online telemedicine services launched during the pandemic, have grown exponentially, and continue strong today—providing quality healthcare access nationwide, online. We credit our growing team of doctors for our success.

Accessing Care in Las Vegas

But My Virtual Physician aims higher than simply providing online access to those who have the right equipment for a virtual visit (such as a smartphone or computer equipped with a camera and mic).

Other limitations exist with providing this type of healthcare solely online, including not having a private or safe place to interact virtually and the lack of medical equipment for taking vitals and collecting labs for diagnostics.

To overcome this challenge, My Virtual Physician opened its first one-of-a-kind hybrid clinic in Las Vegas. We’re excited to announce that, despite some major obstacles, we have successfully launched our first physical walk-in location.

Related: Hybrid Medical Clinics: Expanding OBGYN Access in Las Vegas

Now Open in Las Vegas for Walk-ins or Appointments

My Virtual Physician’s hybrid medical clinic is now open at 2217 Paradise Road in Las Vegas. Walk-ins are welcome. Find out our current hours or book an appointment (if preferred) here.

We are pleased to welcome men, women, and children into the physical clinic for a virtual visit in our private patient room, where our videoconferencing equipment is already set up and ready to go. We provide women’s health, pediatric, and primary care services in our hybrid clinic.

My Virtual Physician is proud to have opened the first clinic in Vegas that offers immediate access to online healthcare for those who may not have access to the equipment or private space. We welcome all to come visit us. Find us on Paradise Road! Get Directions Here.

Related: Now Available: Walk-in STD Testing in Las Vegas at Hybrid Clinic

Inside Our Las Vegas Hybrid Clinic

Take a peek inside our clinic, where our certified medical assistant (CMA) will greet you! We have a comfortable waiting room for busier times. We also have a private room for patient use where our CMA will take your vitals, give you the tools to collect samples if needed for labs, and then you can meet virtually with our doctors with our private and secure videoconferencing setup.

At times, we do staff the clinic with a nurse manager and other medical professionals who can provide additional services such as wound care, vaccinations, ultrasounds, and more. If you’re interested in these services, please call ahead to (888) 224-0804 so that we can make sure the appropriate staff is present for your visit.

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My Virtual Physician offers affordable and immediate access to patients at our new hybrid clinic in Las Vegas. Click to find out more about which services we offer. Welcome to our clinic!

 

 

 

 

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Giving birth to a new baby is an exciting time and a life-changing experience in a woman’s life. This time is filled with sleepless nights and frustrating moments, but the reward is your precious new child who brings endless love and joy.

Over 80% of newborns are breastfed at some point during their infancy. Mothers naturally desire to breastfeed their newborns, and the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans agree that human breastmilk is the best food for newborns and infants.

If you’ve chosen to breastfeed your baby, you want to make sure you’re providing your baby with milk that is safe for your baby to drink. That means you may have to make some adjustments to avoid contaminating your milk supply. Medications are one way that a mother’s milk supply can be adversely affected.

In this blog, we’ll talk about contraceptive options after giving birth. We’ll cover safe birth control alternatives for breastfeeding mothers.

Related: Breastfeeding in the 21st Century: Setting up for Success

Natural LAM Birth Control

Breastfeeding is natural birth control. That’s because of a natural period of infertility follows childbirth. You can use this phase to your advantage; this contraceptive method is called the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM). You can temporarily use this phase as a birth control method for up to six months if you’re a breastfeeding mother.

There are three criteria that must apply in order to know that you’re protected from pregnancy with LAM. They include:

  1. Absence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea)
  2. Baby is breastfeeding full-time (not supplemented with formula)
  3. It has been less than six months since delivery

LAM can be up to 98% effective at preventing pregnancy for the first six months after delivery. However, once the three criteria above are no longer met, you’ll need to switch to another birth control method.

Avoid Hormonal Contraception While Breastfeeding

Many birth control methods, including the pill and the shot, are hormone-based. They work by delivering chemicals internally that alter your body’s normal hormone levels, influencing natural processes like suspending ovulation. Hormonal birth control methods can have negative consequences for breastfeeding mothers and infants, including:

  1. Lowered milk supply for the mother
  2. Hormone-tainted breastmilk for the baby

Several alternative contraceptive methods are compatible with breastfeeding mothers.

Related: Why Women are Switching to the Diaphragm as a Birth Control Alternative

Non-Hormonal Birth Control

While you’re still breastfeeding, your best options for birth control after LAM include barrier methods, copper IUDs, and natural family planning methods. These methods have no adverse effect on your milk supply or quality.

Barrier Methods

Condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and spermicides are all methods of birth control that work by creating a physical barrier that blocks sperm from entering the female reproductive system past the cervix. These non-hormonal alternatives work on-demand, as needed before sexual intercourse.

The effectiveness of each method and brand varies, but generally hovers around 80-85%. For example, the Caya diaphragm, which can be used six weeks after childbirth, has an effectiveness of 86% with perfect use and 82% with typical use.

If you’re interested in seeing if a diaphragm is right for you as a breastfeeding mother, My Virtual Physician has partnered with Caya to provide this hassle-free contraceptive option to our patients. Schedule an appointment today to find out.

Copper IUD

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small T-shaped medical device that is inserted into the uterus by a doctor. The non-hormonal version of the device, branded as Paragard, prevents pregnancy by making the conditions inside the uterus unfavorable for sperm and therefore preventing fertilization. These devices can be very effective at over 99% and can be left in place for up to a decade. After having a baby, you’ll have two windows of opportunity to have Paragard inserted:

  1. Directly after childbirth
  2. One full month after childbirth or later

Keep in mind, though, that the risk of Paragard becoming embedded in the uterus increases for breastfeeding mothers.

Fertility Awareness-Based Methods

If you’re looking for a completely natural method of birth control while you breastfeed, you do have one more option on the table: fertility awareness. This method, abbreviated as FAM or FAB, involves tracking your menstrual cycles to determine your fertility window. During your fertility window, you can prevent pregnancy by avoiding sex or using a barrier method, such as condoms. Effectiveness is highly variable, ranging from 77% all the way up to 98%.

Related: Natural Birth Control: Fertility Awareness Pregnancy Prevention

Discuss Your Contraceptive Options While You Breastfeed

My Virtual Physician has board-certified OBGYNs and pediatricians on staff to help you navigate your contraceptive options after pregnancy. Connect with our doctors today to discuss your options and plan your post-delivery plan while you breastfeed your baby.

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Did you know that the CDC reports nearly 700 Americans die each summer from extreme heat? Higher outdoor temperatures can lead to hyperthermia (high body temperature), ultimately resulting in complications. It's August, and we are getting closer to fall. However, summer is not over yet. 

Prolonged heat exposure in the summer months can cause heat stroke and dehydration. What's more, extreme heat can worsen certain health concerns, including heart problems. Complications and illnesses due to heat are preventable. 

Here we explain why high summer temperatures are concerning and what precautions you should take this summer. 

Extreme Heat Worsen Heart Problems

Intense heat presents a health risk for everyone, especially those with heart conditions. They face danger and even an increased risk of death. That is because the way that our bodies adjust to heat can cause internal stress and even restrict blood flow. Also, blood pressure can increase when the body tries to cool itself, which strains vessels and the heart.

If you have ever had a stroke or a heart attack, your body may not be strong enough to compensate for the strain caused by extreme heat. If you start to feel sick or extremely uncomfortable from the heat, it could be a sign that something is going on. So, you should take action to calm and cool the body. 

Here are a few ways to help your body manage the stress of extreme temperatures this summer.

 

Prevention Tip 1: Stay Hydrated

During the summer, you must stay hydrated. Taking in enough fluids each day is essential to avoiding heat-related complications. Unless your doctor restricts your fluid intake because of heart or kidney disease, you should drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeinated beverages. Also, eat fruits that are high in water content, such as:

Fruits also contain fiber, which can help balance your body's hydration.

Note: If your doctor has limited your water intake, ask how much you should drink this summer.

 

Prevention Tip 2: Avoid Sugary and Very Cold Drinks

This summer, avoiding sugary drinks like soda and juices would be best because they may increase the risks of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. They can also lead to a "sugar crash," which can drain your energy and harm your teeth. 

 

Prevention Tip 3: Maintain Electrolyte Levels

Salts and other minerals in the body are essential for vital body functions, including:

Heavy sweating during the summer results in loss of electrolytes, like salts and minerals. It is best to replenish electrolytes during this season through a balanced diet. Consider adding a multivitamin to your diet to stay healthy so that you will be able to avoid heat-related health complications this summer.

 

Prevention Tip 4: Wear Appropriate Clothes

If you are going to be outside during the summer, experts recommend wearing loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes. Light color clothes absorb less heat and may reflect the sun's rays compared to dark colors and heavy clothes.

 

Prevention Tip 5: Stay Indoors

In extreme heat, it is best to stay indoors in air-conditioned places. If you do not have air-conditioning at home, you could go to a public place like the library. Resting in air-conditioned buildings for part of the day will cool your body. Remember that fans can make you comfortable but may not prevent heat-related complications when the temperature is very high. 

If you don't have adequate air conditioning, you can also try to take a cool bath or shower. 

Avoid using your stove and oven as much as possible to keep your home cool.

If you must be outside, try to schedule outdoor activities during the coolest times of day, morning and evening hours. Rest in shady areas.

 

Prevention Tip 6: Use Sunblock

It is important to use sunblock because sunburn reduces your body's ability to cool down. It also makes you vulnerable to dehydration.

You may be able to prevent sunburn by wearing hats, sunglasses, and a broad-spectrum sunscreen outdoors. Try to apply SPF 15 or higher sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors.

 

Prevention Tip 7: Monitor People at High Risk

Although anyone can suffer from heat-related complications, some people are at higher risk. These may include: 

If you have loved ones at risk this summer, visit them or check on them frequently, especially during the day. Children and older adults may need extra help during summer.

Also, watch local news updates on extreme temperatures and safety precautions. 

 

Summary

If you or someone you know is not tolerating extreme heat this summer, here are some of the signs and symptoms you might notice. 

If you are with someone who complains of these heat-related symptoms, help them find a place to rest and cool off with a fan and a cold towel. Call a healthcare provider if the symptoms do not improve.

 

Talk with one of our expert doctors if you want to learn more about virtual services. My Virtual Physician offers video consultations for non-emergency care to older adults and children. If you need to see a doctor, book now.

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Disclaimer: The contents of this article are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. The information, graphics, and images on this site are not intended to substitute diagnosis or treatment by a medical professional. Always seek the advice of a licensed physician for any questions you may have regarding a specific condition.

 

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Sarah Falcone, BSN, RN, WCN-C, CSWD-C, is a registered nurse in Fort Worth, TX. She works with clients in home health, wound care, and telemedicine. Sarah is a passionate advocate for moving advanced levels of care to the home, where her clients can safely receive the medical treatments they need with greater satisfaction and comfort. She focuses on patient experience, outcomes, and advancing clinical models using innovative technology to serve patients better. Sarah draws from 15 years of practicing patient care and nursing leadership to share her own nursing experiences and expertise online. Connect with her on LinkedIn!

How much fun is dragging a sick child out of the house, trekking to your pediatrician’s office  and waiting to be seen? Probably not on many parents’ top 10 list of family activities. While there is certainly no replacement for a physician’s physical exam, telehealth can be an  important supplement toward attaining the best care for your child. The ongoing pandemic  and public health concern has highly influenced the increased use of telemedicine, which has  demonstrated its quite helpful role in assessing acute care issues and health surveillance of  certain conditions. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises all children receive well child  exams and immunizations through a medical office, however utilizing telehealth for common  pediatric complaints may be a wonderful additional asset in order to maintain quality medical  care for children. 

My Virtual Physician Offers Online Pediatric Visits

Telehealth in a practical sense, is the method of exchanging medical advice through the use of  technology. Here at My Virtual Physician, it is easy to set up an appointment to “see” a  physician through our online platform, after answering the text prompt on our homepage. In  some cases, telehealth also encompasses the use of special diagnostic equipment. It is  private, and typically hassle-free when you consider the lack of commute time and being able  to talk to a physician from the comfort of your living space. In particular for pediatrics,  telehealth allows for the presence of both caretaker and child, which is sometimes difficult  given conflicting work schedules or occasional need for a third party to bring a child to the  office. Another perk is the lack of exposure to others’ germs that are also common visitors in  office waiting rooms. One of the best uses for telehealth discovered during the pandemic, is  the increased access to physician care. Many specialists are overbooked, however often  times, given the flexibility that telehealth allows, they are able to accommodate telehealth  appointments into their busy schedules more easily. This allows for more patients to be seen,  when an ordinary wait for an appointment could be several months away. In the same light,  through telehealth, underserved or rural areas are provided a way to more quickly access care  without the burden of travel expenses.  

Physical Exams with a Virtual Pediatrician

A physical exam is one of the most important aspects to establish a diagnosis for most  patients and especially in pediatrics, however many common conditions in children can be  “seen” virtually. Some of these include cough and cold symptoms, gastrointestinal complaints  like constipation, rashes, allergies, medication management, and depression/anxiety.  Sometimes follow up visits from an emergency department can also be done via telehealth.  These issues rely heavily on another key component to appropriate diagnosis: an accurate  history. It is imperative to provide details of the complaints, including time of onset, any  improvement or worsening, as well as additional symptoms, recent travel, past health problems  and sick contacts. Fortunately, these are questions that can be answered in conversation over  a communication platform.  

Parental and caregiver guidance, often given within the context of an office visit, is unique to  pediatrics and is another important avenue in which telehealth in this population can be  incredibly helpful. Whether asking questions about newborn feeding, normal developmental  behavior, screen time, school readiness, bath and swim safety, dental hygiene, prepubertal and  adolescent concerns, immunization worries or just seeking advice on how to maintain a  positive connection with your child, telehealth is a tool that can provide a safe and relatively  efficient way of finding helpful answers from a pediatric expert. 

There are some diagnoses that should be referred to an in-person physician. Fever, for  example, is one of the most common reasons children visit their doctor. Many times this can  be discussed via telehealth initially and often reveals itself to be a symptom of an illness that  will pass in time. However, there are instances where telehealth is not sufficient and the child  should be seen in an office for a closer look, such as when a newborn has a fever. Likewise, a  cut that might require stitches as well as an injury where there is question of a broken bone or  significant pain would need more than an initial televisit. It should also be noted that any condition, in which the child is having trouble breathing, is difficult to arouse or wake or is  generally having worsening complaints, an in-person visit would be likely more appropriate.  

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As mentioned above, there really is no adequate replacement to having a physician’s exam, but telehealth certainly affords many safe conveniences that can be practical in pediatrics. Visit My Virtual Physician to learn more about how our board certified pediatricians can help you and your child! 

Telemedicine surged this past year. Analysts say virtual healthcare will top 1 billion visits this year. But is it right for everyone? Parents may wonder if an online pediatrician is a good choice.

Telemedicine (TM) is a great resource for most people, even parents. Online doctors treat many pediatric health concerns through video visits. Yet, some cases require an in-person physical exam. When in doubt, the doctor, or their team, can help parents decide what is best for each situation.

Those who are curious about online pediatrician appointments should read on. Here we share why you should book an online pediatrician visit.

Why Book an Online Pediatrician Visit?

Online pediatrician visits can be a good choice. For instance, a recent pediatric study found that TM lowers lowers healthcare costs raising patient satisfaction. Easy access to doctors from the safety and comfort of home is invaluable. TM is an innovative solution to one of parenting's great challenges: a sick child.

Before booking an online pediatrician appointment, follow these steps.

Determine if the Reason is Right

Ask your doctor if TM is a good idea when you have a problem. In some cases, a doctor may want to see your child in person. In-office exams allow doctors to use instruments. Some tests cannot be conducted through a video screen. 

Your doctor may also have a list online showing which concerns they can treat through online appointments. 

Think About Technology

To book an online pediatrician visit, you must have the equipment and connection to meet with the doctor. In other words, if you are booking a visit with a tablet or cellphone, make sure you have a strong signal and full bars. At home, log in to WiFi to get the best video quality.

Also, check with your doctor to find out what platform they use. Some have a mobile app. Others may want you to download the software before the visit. 

It is good to arrive for your TM visit 10-15 minutes early. Log in ahead of time, so you don't feel rushed and can figure it out. You'll also have time to troubleshoot technical issues before the doctor arrives.

Choose the Best Online Pediatrician for You

When deciding if you should book an online appointment, the last thing to think about is which provider to use. Each office has cost, appointment times, and patient reviews that vary. 

A recent article by CNBC warned that TM is in high demand. Some will have longer wait times. Check your doctor's availability ahead of time. A little online research can go a long way to helping parents find the right online doctor.

Which Pediatric Problems are Right for Telemedicine?

Pediatricians can treat many common problems with a video consultation. Some concerns that are easily evaluated in a virtual visit are:

If you are unsure, check with your doctor. They can let you know the best choice for you.

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Pediatric Diagnostic Testing

In some cases doctors may need more tests. When a pediatrician needs more tools to treat a sick child, they may refer parents to an in-person visit or urgent care. 

Some doctors' offices, like My Virtual Physician, work with local partners. They can arrange lab tests by sending an order to a laboratory. Later, they can review the results with the patient over video. 

Telemedicine providers can arrange X-rays or other diagnostic tests this way too.

Pediatric Medications

In some cases, online doctors prescribe medication. Online pediatricians can fax refills to local pharmacies. During the TM visit, online pediatricians will explain the treatment plan and any instructions to parents, just like in-person appointments.

When Should You NOT Book an Online Pediatrician Appointment?

Not all problems are best solved by an online appointment. Here are a few reasons to check with your doctor before booking an online pediatric appointment.

When a child needs in-person medical attention, but you can't book an appointment with a pediatrician, an urgent care center or emergency room may be the best option.

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This past year tested many young businesses. Telemedicine is not new. But the My Virtual Physician (MVP) business model is. The virtual doctor practice offers the best in online doctor services as a direct-to-consumer multi-specialty provider licensed in multiple states. Regardless of 2020's challenges, the MVP virtual doctor team didn't slow down. They focused on their path to becoming the #1 online doctor and forged ahead.

My Virtual Physician Celebrates One Year as the #1 Online Doctor

Over the last 12 months, MVP worked hard to bring high-quality medical care into homes in 15 states. They now offer online pediatric, gynecologic, and primary healthcare services for patients of all ages. Plus, they provide same-day scheduling for online physician appointments, some in-network insurance benefits, and five-star customer service.

As the #1 online healthcare provider, MVP doctors get to know their patients. Quality care is emphasized, and they aim to provide the best patient satisfaction in telemedicine. Here’s what patients are saying about MVP's online doctors: 

“I would give My Virtual Physician more stars if I could”

“Dr. Howard has the best personality and is very friendly.”

“The future of medical visits; what better way to social distance.”

“A+ would recommend to everyone.”

Since their launch, MVP has opened new offices and added service lines such as nutrition and diabetic care. The practice has partnered with more online doctors and added office staff. Just this Spring, MVP enhanced their patient portal for self-scheduling, and integrated a program to trend patient reviews. 

This one year anniversary milestone is cause for celebration. It is exciting, and this is only the beginning. Despite any challenges that lie ahead for this medical practice, their progress shows that the future is very bright for My Virtual Physician. 

Congratulations to Dr. Howard, Dr. Masghati, Dr. Ayyagari, and all of the My Virtual Physician Staff.

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With warm weather comes more opportunity for pool and beach time, and it’s important to refresh ourselves on water safety around our pediatric patients.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), drowning is the leading  cause of injury-related death in kids ages 1-4 years. Drowning is the second leading cause of death, second only to motor vehicle accidents. Males have about a two-fold risk over females and African American children are nearly 5.5 times more likely to die by drowning than their Caucasian peers. The good news: drowning is essentially preventable.  

Common Questions Your Pediatrician Will Ask About Water Safety

When you see the Pediatrician for routine child well checks, some of the topics  discussed fall under the category of anticipatory guidance. Anticipatory guidance are things to expect as a child develops along their trajectory and how to manage it. Water safety is a topic often reviewed during in person or virtual doctor visits. Common questions that may come up during a water safety conversation are:

Important Tip: Remember that a young child can drown in as little as an inch or so of water. We can not emphasize enough the importance of direct and uninterrupted supervision, early and safe water exposure as well as prevention measures.  

Swimming is an Important Life Skill

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises swim lessons begin as early a year old and many swim facilities offer swim readiness training to toddlers and their caretakers. As affordability may be a  concern to utilize commercial schools, you can check your town’s park  and recreational facility to discover potential options for discounted  pricing for more local community programs. The decision to begin swim  lessons may vary for some families depending on the child’s physical  and emotional development, but swimming is a life skill and starting in toddlerhood has been shown to reduce the risk for drowning. Infant swim lessons are not recommended due to lack of evidence to support that swim lessons in this age group lower drowning risk.   

Take As Many Precautions As Possible

Young children are naturally curious and move quickly. The majority of  drownings occur in settings without appropriate supervision or safety in  place. An in-ground, residential pool is required to have a barrier fence  of at least four feet high and surrounding three sides of the pool with the house acting as the fourth side. If this is the sole barrier, door alarms  should be placed on the doors that open to the pool. It is further  protective to have an actual four-sided barrier fence surrounding the pool  itself with an automatic locking gate. Additionally, another layer of  protection is a pool cover, however these should never be used alone  without barrier fencing.  

Open bodies of water, such as lakes or oceans, present some of their  own unique challenges, including poor visibility compared to a pool, and  potentially strong currents. Using a life vest approved by the US Coast  Guard is always recommended for children exposed to outdoor water.  

Aside from physical barriers, supervision is imperative: direct and  constant. Equipment malfunction, such as a broken gate latch or failure  of proper life vest use, can lead to more risk, which is then mitigated by  your constant presence with the child/children. Never take on water  supervision with children while intoxicated and never leave older  children to watch younger children. “Touch supervision”, or being at  arm’s length of the child, is advised by the AAP. Ideally, getting into the  water can be more helpful in acquainting children with safety while also  promoting a fun experience.  

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With these ideas in mind, you can feel more secure about your young  water-lovers taking on a healthy and splashingly good summer!  For any additional questions or concerns you may have regarding swim safety, scheduling an online doctor visit with My Virtual Physician is a quick and convenient way to reach our Board Certified General Pediatricians, who are happy to help!  My Virtual Physician provides parents with high quality medical care via video visit and are able to treat a variety of health conditions. Schedule a virtual visit today!

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