DOT Physicals in Danbury, CT
For employees in need of DOT physicals DOCS Urgent Care in Danbury is the place for you. Our state of the art facility offers wait-free, walk-in appointments for employees and self-employed drivers in need of their DOT physical certificate.
The experienced staff here at DOCS is highly skilled and trained to provide the highest-quality care and treatments at competitive, affordable prices. DOT physicals here at DOCS Urgent Care of Danbury are performed by Board Certified, NRCME-certified clinicians and nearly all types of insurances are accepted.
QUALITY, AFFORDABLE CARE
DOCS URGENT CARE – BETHEL
1 Padanaram Rd
Danbury, CT 06811
What to Know About DOT Physicals
What is a DOT (department of transportation) Physical?
Understanding what a DOT physical is – A DOT (Department of Transportation) Physical is a physical examination required by the Department of Transportation for its commercial driver’s every two years. The exam evaluates the physical condition and capabilities of each driver, and their ability to adhere to public safety requirements. These physicals are mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in their efforts to confirm that a commercial driver is not only in good health but not suffering from specific health conditions such as sleep apnea, diabetes, poor vision or high blood pressure all of which are detrimental to their driving performance.
One of the primary benefits of DOT physicals is the overall safety of the individual drivers. Health conditions that are the result of physical, mental, and emotional issues easily affect the driving skills and requirements needed to handle a commercial vehicle. With that said, the team of specialists here at DOCS Urgent Care of Danbury are specially trained to administer DOT physicals and are fully trained in DOT and safety regulations which allows for them to make a fair and accurate assessment of DOT drivers and their ability to perform their work adequately and drive safely.
What do i need to bring to the DOT Physical?
- Brain injuries
- Hearing loss
- Diabetes (insulin dependency)
- Impaired Vision
- Missing Limbs
- Chronic Pain
- High Blood Pressure
- Able to recognize colors (red, green, yellow)
- History of alcoholism or drug use
- Heart attack or heart disease
- Kidney disease
What is included in a DOT physical?
Commercial drivers are required to test at least 20/40 in each eye whether with or without corrected lenses in order to receive a passing rating for their physical examination.
All CMV drivers according to the FMCSA, must be able to hear a “forced whisper” at less than five feet with our without a hearing aid, the equivalent of an average hearing loss in the better ear of less than 40 dB.
Blood Pressure/Pulse Rate
Appropriate blood pressure and pulse rate testing is performed to ensure that drivers do not suffer from high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats or any other type of cardiovascular disorder.
CMV drivers must also undergo a urinalysis which is used to determine the presence of any underlying medical conditions. A urinalysis helps to detect the early onset of a variety of medical conditions including, but not limited to, high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney infection.
In the physical examination you will be tested for:
- General appearance (weight, tremors, drug/alcohol problems)
- Mouth & Throat (breathing and swallowing)
- Lungs & Chest (breathing)
- Abdomen & Organs (unusual masses, hernias, weakness)
- Vascular System (weak pulse, blood flow, varicose veins)
- Limbs (Loss or damage, weakness)
- Skeletal (limitation, tenderness)
- Neurological (balance, reflexes, speech)
- Hepatitis A (Hep A)
- Hepatitis B (Hep B)
- Polio/ Tetanus/ Typhoid
- Influenza (Flu)
What if i need to update my vaccinations?
If CMV drivers determine that their vaccinations are not up to date, then the team here at DOCS Urgent Care of Danbury can assist with any vaccinations needed to allow individuals to pass their D.O.T. Physical. Vaccinations that we provide here at our Danbury clinic include:
- Hepatitis A (Adult)
- Hepatitis A (Pediatric)
- Hepatitis B (Adult)
- Hepatitis B (Pediatric)
- Zostavax (Shingles)
- Polio (IPV)
- Rabies Vaccination
- Tetanus Diphtheria (TD)
- Tetanus Diphtheria
- Pertussis (TDAP)
- Twinrix (Hep A & B Combination)
- Yellow Fever
what if i do not pass the dot physical?
In some instances though you may not directly pass the physical, if you do not need to meet the vision, diabetes, hearing or physical impairment requirements, you may be eligible for a driver’s exemption.
The Care You Need, When You Need It in Danbury
Our goal at DOCS Urgent Care of Danbury is to provide driver’s with quick and easy DOT physical examinations. When you come prepared, you will be in and out of our doors in no time. A DOT physical can only be completed by a medical examiner certified by the FMCSA dedicated to helping you get back on the road.