You need a DOT physical by an approved provider every two years if you’re a commercial driver or a safety-sensitive employee. Venkata J. Bireddy, MD, is a DOT-approved medical examiner who conducts DOT physicals at Medi Clinics Primary Care LLC in Tampa, Florida. If it’s time for your next DOT physical, schedule a visit with Dr. Bireddy and the team today by calling the Medi Clinics Primary Care LLC offices or requesting an appointment.
“DOT physical” stands for the Department of Transportation physical exam. It’s a health and wellness check that all safety-sensitive employees must take to prove that they can work safely. “Safety-sensitive” employees are people whose work activities can potentially impact the safety of themselves and the general public.
DOT physicals follow strict guidelines laid out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Unless a problem is found, your DOT physical is good for two years. There are some exceptions, however, with patients who have diabetes or vision problems.
When you visit Medi Clinics Primary Care LLC for your DOT physical, be sure to bring a list of all the medications you’re currently taking, in addition to the names and addresses of your prescribing doctors.
You should also bring a letter from your specialist explaining your condition and the results of your most recent testing if you’re living with or have suffered from any particular medical conditions, including:
If you use any sort of sensory aids, like eyeglasses, contact lenses, or a hearing aid, make sure to bring them with you as well.
Dr. Bireddy evaluates you in the following categories during your DOT physical:
Your blood pressure needs to be within a normal range, and you need to demonstrate regular heartbeats.
Dr. Bireddy tests your hearing by determining whether or not you can hear a “forced whisper” without a hearing aid from five feet away.
Dr. Bireddy checks that you have 20/40 acuity in each of your eyes, with or without correction. You also need to demonstrate at least 70” peripheral in the horizontal meridian and have good dilation and movement.
Dr. Bireddy tests your urine for conditions like diabetes. He might also check your urine for drugs if your employer requests.
Dr. Bireddy also performs a routine physical as part of your exam to assess your overall health.
Once you’ve passed all of the components of the exam, the team at Medi Clinics Primary Care LLC processes your paperwork, and you eventually receive a DOT medical certification card. You’re required to keep your DOT medical certification card on your person whenever you’re working.
When it’s time for your next DOT physical, be sure to schedule a visit with Dr. Bireddy and the caring professionals at Medi Clinics Primary Care LLC by calling their offices or requesting a visit.