As internists, much of our medical therapy is through the use of prescription medications. We strive to explain to you the rationale for our prescriptions and how to take them properly. We ask that you follow these directions as well as those of your pharmacist. If you think you are having problems with any medication or if it is ineffective for your condition, please call us. If you are on more than three medications or if you receive additional prescriptions from other doctors, please bring all your medications to your clinic appointments in their original containers. This helps us to keep track of how you are using the drugs and if there is any potential for adverse drug-drug interactions. Refills are given for appropriate intervals. We ask that you watch the supply so that you do not run out of refills before your next appointment. Please do not call us on weekends for refills unless it is an emergency. We do not refill any narcotic prescriptions after office hours.
PERIODIC AND ANNUAL EXAMINATIONS
We feel that a periodic physical is appropriate for adults every year even if they do not have any known medical problems. Our physicals include blood tests such as a complete blood count to screen for anemia and bone marrow disorders, and a comprehensive chemistry panel to check for diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, etc. These are standard tests done by our peers around the country. We also do other tests as may be indicated by sex and age - i.e. mammograms and prostate cancer blood screens.
Annual exams are done on patients who have a medical condition that requires regular prescription medication. Appropriate blood work is done ahead of time. Several conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and elevated cholesterol may require multiple visits per year. We rely on in-depth laboratory and x-ray analysis as well as clinical exam and history to make diagnoses and treatment plans.
We hospitalize at Emory Crawford Long Hospital and Piedmont Hospital.
Medical records are the property of the clinic. Contents are private and are released only with written consent of the patient. When consultations are done for other physicians, a written report of our findings is forwarded to the referring physician.
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The Kaufmann Clinic, Inc. * Internal Medicine
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