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Are occupational health services (chemical testing) really necessary for non-risk occupations?

Are occupational health services (chemical testing) really necessary for non-risk occupations?

Probably not: By chemical testing if you mean biological monitoring for effects of workplace toxins, like lead, asbestos, etc., there's no point in doing this if a worker is not exposed to these substances by the nature of their work, even if the toxins exist somewhere else in the workplace. If you mean drug testing, this is a matter of company policy as it pertains to the drug free workplace act. ...Read more

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Medicolegal opinion of employer required drug testing?

Medicolegal opinion of employer required drug testing?

Medico legal: An employer may require a urine drug test in order for you to get the job. This is quite appropriate. You can refuse- and it will then be very unlikely that you will land the job. ...Read more

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Do ovum donors undergo genetic testing or pedigree evaluation?

Do ovum donors undergo genetic testing or pedigree evaluation?

Yes: Check with your rei specialist for details, but all ovum donors would be asked to report a detailed family history and would be tested for common recessive disorders, such as cystic fibroisis. Many programs would also request more extensive testing including a panel of 100 such recessive diseases, including such problems as spinal muscular atrophy, the askenazi jewish panel, fragile x, & more. ...Read more

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Do hospitals look at an employee's medical record when hiring them? Are medical records confidential?

Do hospitals look at an employee's medical record when hiring them? Are medical records confidential?

Medical records are: confidential. Without your permission they cannot look at your medical records. If an employer requires drug testing they need to let their employees know the policy as well. ...Read more

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Do va medical centers/hospitals use the CDC for lab tests concerning infectious diseases?

Do va medical centers/hospitals use the CDC for lab tests concerning infectious diseases?

Depends: Most common germs, and infections can be diagnosed by regular va lab. If there is something special the infectious disease consultants at va have many options, including cdc. ...Read more

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Could psychiatrists have the basic training and expertise to perform medical emergency care?

Could psychiatrists have the basic training and expertise to perform medical emergency care?

Some do: Psychiatrists are physicians. I practiced undersea medicine before psychiatry & taught combat medicine. For quite a while I continued to practice both psychiatry as well as more primary care. Alas, I am now quite rusty. This is variable. ...Read more

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Who repairs medical equipment?

Depends on the equip: Mainly specialists who are familiar with the equipment. Resubmit your question and be a bit more specific as your question is not necessarily medical and I suspect you may be asking something else. Thanks. ...Read more

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Should an optometrist have basic medical knowledge?

Should an optometrist have basic medical knowledge?

Would be helpful: Optometrists go to a post college school which is 1/2 business and 1/2 basic eye disease and eyeglass/contact evaluation and care. They do not get general medical training and are not truly doctors although they grant themselves a doctors degree. Because of these deficiencies they do not currently take a board exam. For the best eye care, see an ophthalmologist who has full training. ...Read more

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Medical records. Is there any way to obtain my medical records?

Medical records. Is there any way to obtain my medical records?

Each : Each doctor's office or hospital has different policies regarding this matter, however your medical records should be made available to you in a timely fashion. Most facilities merely require a signed authorization, usually to be signed in person. If the records are in another state they may have another method for obtaining them. Remember you have a right as a patient to have access to your medical records. This includes all labs, x-rays, and clinic notes. Another method of obtaining medical records would be to have your current primary provider request to have your records released to them, which also requires your signature, this tends to be a little quicker in most case. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are emergency medical technician immunizations?

What are emergency medical technician immunizations?

There are no: immunizations specific to EMT's that I am aware of. Just the same routine immunizations that we all should have. Now your application may require you to have a varicella (chicken pox vaccine) if a blood test does not show immunity. ...Read more

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Why do so many medical offices ask for unnecessary & intrusive personal information (ssn, drivers licenses) unrelated to medical records?

Why do so many medical offices ask for unnecessary & intrusive personal information (ssn, drivers licenses) unrelated to medical records?

Required by law: It is required by law & insurance contracts that they have with companies & that you signed with those same companies. They need to make sure you are who you say you are & that they have proof. Also, if there is any legal question in the future, they can prove that they verified your identity. Finally, insurance companies use this info to track your health & put it into a central database. ...Read more

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Are the asbergers free screening exams online considered reputable in regards to recommending further testing?

Depends: Screening tools are, by definition, meant to miss few possible candidates, which means that they often are oversensitive, so pick up people who are just fine as well as those with problems. If you or your child is having chronic, impairing social difficulties and one of the screens seems to suggest asperger's disorder as a possibility, it would not be unreasonable to seek further evaluation. ...Read more

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Which medical department would test for semen fertility?

Which medical department would test for semen fertility?

Reproductive studies lab: Usually a reproductive studies lab will give you the most accurate semen analysis of evaluation. These labs are used associated with fertility centers. ...Read more

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Immigration medical exam?

Immigration medical exam?

Basic exam: The immigration medical exam is a basic physical to insure the applicant is in reasonable health. It is also used to make sure the applicant has no communicable (infectious) diseases. ...Read more

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What training do medical geneticists undergo?

What training do medical geneticists undergo?

Two "Pathways": 1. College..Graduate school major Biology/genetics/phD 1. Medical School then Masters Degree in Genetics (NOTE SOME MED SCHOOLS OFFER COMBINED PROGRAMS! and In my opinion THIS is your BEST BET!) Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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Could an unlicensed practical nurse be allowed to perform blood sugar test?

Could an unlicensed practical nurse be allowed to perform blood sugar test?

Yes: A simple blood sugar test with a glucose meter does not require a license. Patients do this themselves. So an unlicensed nurse could legally do this. ...Read more