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Men’s Health Month – Get Dad Healthy!

It’s Men’s Health Month!

This month we celebrate men, so a big shout-out to all the dads, grandpas, hubbies, brothers, and father figures in our lives! Time to get Dad Healthy!

We all know this month we celebrate Father’s Day, but did you know that June is also Men’s Health Education and Awareness Month?  This is perfect timing to consider that the best father’s day gift is Good Health!

This observance is celebrated to raise men’s health awareness and encourage men of all ages to work together with their families to adopt a better lifestyle that includes exercise and healthy eating habits.

The most common diseases affect both men and women, however, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women on average live five years more than men. While this is not great news for the guys, the male life expectancy gap improved from 1979 when women on average lived 7.8 years longer than men; however, male life expectancy has decreased in the last two years.

Men are now living longer in part because of the efforts to raise awareness about healthcare. Most men don’t like to talk about or acknowledge their health problems, this is mostly due to social stigma; sadly men have been made to feel ashamed for being ill, and it is because of this that most men don’t get regular checkups.

It is essential for both men and women to get regular checkups, as these aid in early detection of the leading causes of death in America, such as:

  • – Heart Disease
  • – Cancer
  • – Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases
  • – Cerebrovascular Diseases (Stroke)
  • – Diabetes
  • – Kidney Disease
  • – Influenza and Pneumonia
  • – Chronic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis
  • – Hypertension

Men’s Health has come a long way in the last 40 years, we have increased male life expectancy, and improved diagnostic tests, and treatments, but we can do more.

For this reason, the staff of Altus Emergency Centers wants to help dads live longer, healthier lives. We are already committed to saving the lives of those who visit our centers, but, as always prevention is the best medicine, so follow our helpful tips to improve your health and that of the extraordinary men in your life.

Protect Your Heart

Heart Disease is the number one reason men die in this country, luckily, there are simple ways to strengthen and improve your heart’s function, the most important one is diet.

Improving the way we eat, will help keep our hearts healthy, and you don’t need to give up all your favorite foods, but you should reduce the amount of saturated fat you consume, lower your sodium intake, and add more vegetables, and fruits to your diet. When serving, remember fruits and vegetables should be half of the plate.

You Got to Move it Move it

Most guys think exercise should be intense workouts with heavy weights. We won’t discourage this type of training, but, it is not necessary to be healthier. Just 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise a day is enough to help you live longer and improve your quality of life as you age.

Be Proactive

Think about how you take care of your car, you know preventive maintenance is essential, that is why you regularly change the oil, you change the brake pads, and rotate the tires, right? So why won’t you do the same for you? Don’t wait until you are feeling sick to visit your doctor, be proactive and take care of yourself; regular medical checkups can catch small problems before they become big ones.

Talk it Out

Life can be overwhelming sometimes, and just because you are a guy doesn’t mean you have to be tough and brave all the time. Emotional stress hurts our health and can take years off our lives; therefore, it’s not only ok to seek help, but it is also needed. So, talk to your partner, talk to a friend, or find a therapist who can help you deal with emotional issues.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

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Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

Safe Toys and Gifts Month – Avoid a Trip to the ER

A Guide for Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Avoid Injuries Associated With Unsafe Toys

Tis the season for giving, December is a special month as there are many religious and cultural celebrations this time of year. Because of this, the tradition of gifting our loved ones this time of year as a way to show our love and appreciation has become widespread.

We at Altus Emergency Centers would also like to show our appreciation for the loving support we have received from the communities we serve this year, and taking advantage of December being Safe Toys and Gift Month, we have prepared a simple safe toys guide for holiday gift shopping.

According to the latest report from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 240,000 toy-related injuries were treated in Emergency Rooms across the country in 2016. This highlights the importance of gifting safe toys this Holiday Season.

 

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What to look for and what to avoid when buying toys?

Most of the toy-related injuries reported to the CPSC last year were children under the age of 15, and 39% of these injuries were due to lacerations, contusions, or abrasions.

New toys are constantly entering the market, we recommend you follow a watchdog site to receive updates on recalled toys, so you can avoid purchasing them or return them if you already have.

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The Safe Toys Guide:  What to Look For

It’s important to acknowledge that unless you know what to look for, it’s difficult to know the difference between the safe toys and gifts and the potentially dangerous ones.  Please read the following to be aware:

  • Always look for the “ATSM” label on toys, having this label means the toy has passed the standards set by the American Society of Testing Materials.

  • If your gift includes art supplies these should be labeled as non-toxic.

  • Read labels to ensure toys do not contain led paint.

  • Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.

  • Make sure the label on any stuffed animals indicates it can be washed.

  • Always make sure you are gifting a toy appropriate for the child’s age, maturity, and abilities.

  • Always read the warnings and safety precautions that come with the toys.

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The “Bad Toys” – What to Avoid

  • Toys with sharp edges, or those with spikes, rods, or dangerous rigid points.

  • Projectile toys or those that include flying parts as these can cause unintentional injuries. Remember that BB guns are not toys.  If you insist purchasing one, be mindful if the child’s age and never leave them unsupervised.

  • Only buy toys that will withstand impact, if you fear the material might break into dangerous shards do not buy it.

  • Avoid excessively loud toys, if the sound is too loud it could damage your child’s ears.

  • Avoid toys with long pull strings, try keeping these to less than 7 inches.

  • If you have children under the age of 3 avoid any toys with small parts that they can put in their mouths

Most Common Toy Injuries in Children

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The risk of not heeding the warnings associated with Safe Toys and Gifts Month are many.  According to the CPSC report, the top toy categories that are related to injuries in children are:

  • Nonmotorized Scooters which accounts for 20% of all reported injuries in 2016.

  • Toys Not Specified were responsible for 24% of all incidents reported last year.

  • Toy Balls accounted for 9% of injuries

  • Toy Vehicles caused 6% of the injuries

Top Toy Related Injuries Resulting in Trips to the ER

The most common injuries attended by emergency room medical staff last year were:

  • Lacerations

  • Contusions and Abrasions

  • Strains and Sprains

  • Fractures

  • Internal Injuries

  • Ingestion of toys or toy parts

  • Concussions

  • Dislocation

  • Puncture Injuries

Toy Gifting Safety Tips

Buying the perfect gift involves a lot more than just buying the most popular toy this season.  The gift of safety is priceless, and it doesn’t require much work, all you need to do is follow these Safe Toys and Gifts Tips:

  • Buy age-appropriate toys, all toys describe the age they are appropriate for, even video games.

  • Do your homework, investigate which toys are not considered safe and avoid those.

  • Read all the warning labels and follow the precautions that accompany the toy.

  • Learn how to properly use the toy, and then teach your kids how to do use it.

  • Buy quality toys, we know they might be more expensive, but good quality materials are less likely to break and cause injury.

  • Have an adult present when children are opening their gifts, inspect the toy to ensure it is safe before allowing your kids to play with it.

  • If you are giving or have received edible gifts, beware of ingredients that may trigger allergies or food sensitivity symptoms.

  • Ask your friends and family to place their presents in a safe place where children cannot grab them.

Altus Emergency is Open 24/7 During the Holidays

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Altus Emergency Centers is here for you 24/7 during all of the holidays.  We implore you to keep these toy safety tips in mind to help avoid a possible injury.  However, if your child sustains any type of injury or any other type of emergency situation please visit your nearest Altus ER. We provide the very best medical emergency care in the most urgent of situations.

From our family at Altus Emergency Centers to yours, we wish you a happy and safe Holiday Season!

$100 Free Landry’s Gift Card Lake Jackson Christmas Raffle

Lake Jackson Christmas Raffle

Like, Tag and Share to Win a $100 Free Gift Card and other Goodies!

Enter the Altus Emergency Center Lake Jackson Christmas Raffle! You could be the lucky winner of a Christmas Stocking packed with a FREE $100 Gift Landry’s Gift Card and other surprise goodies!

 

Here’s to the Magic of the Season!

The sights and sounds of Christmas are all around! At Altus Emergency Centers, we’re overjoyed to sprinkle the spirit of Christmas in our beautiful Lake Jackson community.  This is our way to thank you for warmth and solidarity over the years and we wish you a very happy and healthy Christmas!

 

We invite you to enter our Free Lake Jackson Christmas Raffle!

 

  • How to Participate:  Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends

  • Draw Date: Thursday, December 21st 2017

How to Enter the Christmas Raffle

SOCIAL MEDIA GIVEAWAY RAFFLE: Just Like, Tag & Share to Enter!

It’s Free to Participate in the #LakeJacksonXmasRaffle. Hurry! The Winners will be drawn on Thursday, December 21st, 2017!

PARTICIPATE BY SHARING WITH YOUR FRIENDS! You can participate through all of our social media pages!

FACEBOOK: Visit our Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Facebook and Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends.

TWITTER: Follow our Altus Emergency Centers Twitter page and Like, Retweet & Tag 2 Friends.

INSTAGRAM: Follow our Altus ER Baytown Instagram and Tag two friends in the comments. If you haven’t already, like us today!

May the Magic and Thrill of the Holiday Season Stretch On!


We wish everyone the best luck in your participation of our Altus Emergency Center Lake Jackson Christmas Raffle. Remember to SHARE PUBLICLY as we always check to make sure that the post shows up on your page.

After all of the sharing is done, stay tuned to find out if YOUR name comes up as the winner of a Stocking Filled with a $100 Free Gift Card and other Goodies sponsored by Altus Emergency Centers.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year,
– Altus Emergency Centers Lake Jackson

Altus Emergency Centers
Freestanding ERs. Saving Lives 24/7. No Lines.

Rules:

  • Social Media: You must Like our Page, Share the Post Publicly & Tag Two Friends.
  • You will rack up contest entries through our social media pages.
  • The winner will be rewarded with 1 free Christmas stocking stuffed with a $100 Gift Card from Landry’s Inc. and other stocking stuffers.
  • In order to receive your prize, the winner must present a valid photo ID and agree to have a photo taken.
  • The following are not eligible to participate in the contest: employees of the company, affiliates, or any agency working with the company, and their immediate families.
  • Altus Emergency is not liable should any Social Media site experience any issues or downtime.
  • Any disputes relating to eligibility will be determined solely by Altus Emergency.
  • Altus Emergency reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time without prior notice.
  • The Raffle Draw will take place on 12-21-2017.

Baytown Christmas Raffle – Free Stuffed Stockings

Baytown Christmas Raffle

Like, Tag and Share to Win Two Free Stuffed Christmas Stockings!

Enter the Altus Emergency Center Baytown Christmas Raffle! You could be the lucky winners of 2 Christmas His and Her Stockings packed with two FREE $50 Gift Cards and lots of goodies!

Santa is Early this Year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At Altus Emergency Centers, we’re overjoyed to share in the Holiday Cheer with our beautiful Baytown community.  Thank you for staying with us yet another year and we wish you a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.

We invite you to enter our Free Baytown Christmas Raffle!

  • RAFFLE PRIZE THAT’S UP FOR GRABS:  $100 VALUE FREE CHRISTMAS RAFFLE GIVEAWAY.  Win 2 Christmas stockings stuffed with a $50 Target Gift card each and surprise stocking stuffer gifts!

  • How to Participate:  Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends

  • Draw Date: Wednesday, December 20th 2017

HOW IT WORKS

SOCIAL MEDIA GIVEAWAY RAFFLE: Just Like, Tag & Share to Enter!

It’s Free to Participate in the #BaytownXmasRaffle. Hurry! The Winner will be drawn on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017!

PARTICIPATE BY SHARING WITH YOUR FRIENDS! You can participate through all of our social media pages!

FACEBOOK: Visit our Altus Emergency Baytown Facebook and Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends.

TWITTER: Follow our Altus Emergency Centers Twitter page and Like, Retweet & Tag 2 Friends.

INSTAGRAM: Follow our Altus ER Baytown Instagram and Tag two friends in the comments. If you haven’t already, like us today!

What Will You Get if You Win?

We wish everyone the best luck in your participation of our Altus Emergency Center Baytown Christmas Raffle. Remember to SHARE PUBLICLY as we always check to make sure that the post shows up on your page.

After all of the sharing is done, stay tuned to find out if YOUR name comes up as the winner of Pair of Stuffed Christmas Stockings sponsored by Altus Emergency Center Baytown.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Altus Emergency Centers Baytown!

Altus Emergency Centers
Freestanding ERs. Saving Lives 24/7. No Lines.

Rules:

  • Social Media: You must Like our Page, Share the Post Publicly & Tag Two Friends.
  • You will rack up contest entries through our social media pages.
  • The winner will be rewarded with 2 free stuffed Christmas stockings.
  • In order to receive your prize, the winner must present a valid photo ID and agree to have a photo taken.
  • The following are not eligible to participate in the contest: employees of the company, affiliates, or any agency working with the company, and their immediate families.
  • Altus Emergency is not liable should any Social Media site experience any issues or downtime.
  • Any disputes relating to eligibility will be determined solely by Altus Emergency.
  • Altus Emergency reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time without prior notice.
  • The Raffle Draw will take place on 12-20-2017.

Lufkin Christmas Raffle Giveaway

Lufkin Christmas Raffle Giveaway

Like, Tag and Share to Win a Family Pack of Free Stuffed Christmas Stockings!

Enter the CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial – Emergency Center Lufkin Christmas Raffle. You could be the lucky winner of a Family Pack of Stockings Stuffed with over $200 worth of FREE Goodies & Gift Cards!

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Lufkin Christmas Raffle Giveaway 2017

WIN 4 Christmas Stockings Stuffed with FREE Goodies & Gift Cards for Mom, Dad & the Kids! All you have to do to participate is Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends. The Draw is on December 20th!

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!

Christmas Joy is happening all around us, it even snowed! At CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial – Emergency Center, it’s our pleasure to serve lovely Lufkin, Texas.  We thank you for trusting us to care for you and your loved ones during times of urgency.  We’re happy to work with the community to help forge a happier and healthier future for Lufkin.  More than anything else, we love to spread smiles!

Enter our Free Lufkin Christmas Raffle!

  • RAFFLE PRIZE THAT’S UP FOR GRABSParticipate in our free Lufkin Christmas Raffle for a chance to win 4 stockings stuffed to the brim with great gifts including: yummy sweets, techie fun items, two (2) $25 Free Gift Cards and one Free moviepass.com subscription. 

  • How to Participate:  Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends

  • Draw Date: Sunday, December 20th, 2017

HOW IT WORKS

SOCIAL MEDIA GIVEAWAY RAFFLE: Just Like, Tag & Share to Enter!

It’s Free to Participate in the #LufkinXmasRaffle. Hurry! The Winners will be drawn on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017!

PARTICIPATE BY SHARING WITH YOUR FRIENDS! You can participate through all of our social media pages!

FACEBOOK: Visit our CHI St. Luke’s Health ER Facebook and Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends.

INSTAGRAM: Follow our chi_st_lukes_er Instagram and Tag two friends in the comments. If you haven’t already, like us today!

We’re Checking the List, Checking it Twice!

We wish everyone the best luck in your participation of our CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial – Emergency Center Lufkin Christmas Raffle. Remember to SHARE PUBLICLY as we always check to make sure that the post shows up on your page.

After all of the sharing is done, stay tuned to find out if YOUR name comes up as the winner of Family Pack of Stuffed Stockings sponsored by CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial – Emergency Center Lufkin.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year 2018!

Rules:

  • Social Media: You must Like our Page, Share the Post Publicly & Tag Two Friends.
  • You will rack up contest entries through our social media pages.
  • The winner will be rewarded with 4 free stuffed Christmas stockings.
  • In order to receive your prize, the winner must present a valid photo ID and agree to have a photo taken.
  • The following are not eligible to participate in the contest: employees of the company, affiliates, or any agency working with the company, and their immediate families.
  •  CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center is not liable should any Social Media site experience any issues or downtime.
  • Any disputes relating to eligibility will be determined solely byCHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center.
  • Altus Emergency reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time without prior notice.
  • The Raffle Draw will take place on 12-20-2017.

CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial ER Lufkin
Lufkin’s Premier Freestanding ER.
Always Here. Always Fast. Always Open.

Next to Sam’s and Walmart!
501 N. Brentwood Drive
Lufkin, Texas

CALL US: 1 936-699-5900

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Turkey Day is Here! Be Thankful and Stay Safe

This has been a challenging year for most, and some of us are still recovering from the devastation hurricane Harvey caused, but, it is because of all these challenges that we have so much to be thankful for this year.

Altus Emergency Centers and its staff are thankful for our communities, for demonstrating that together we can do anything; we are honored and humbled for the trust and loyalty you have shown us, and we are thankful for the opportunity to still be here to help you and your loved ones during a medical emergency.

We want everyone to have a happy and most of all safe Thanksgiving this year, so please read on, and follow our Thanksgiving safety tips.  Injury prevention is always the best policy.

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Travel During Thanksgiving Safety Tips

This year the American Automobile Association (AAA), estimates that close to 51 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more from their homes to spend the Thanksgiving Holiday with family or friends, this means you should expect heavy traffic in the days leading to and after Turkey Day, so plan ahead, to avoid accidents and delays we recommend the following Thanksgiving Safety Tips:

  • Check the weather along your route, make sure to subscribe to a service that can provide updates, and drive around storms never through.

  • Make sure everyone in the car is wearing their seatbelts.

  • Don’t drink and drive.

  • Don’t drive if you are extremely tired, it is better if you stop and rest for a bit, or have one of your companions take the wheel while you rest.

  • Do not text while you are driving, it is deadly and illegal.

  • Respect the speed limit, road signs, and general rules of the road.

  • Keep your distance from other vehicles.

  • Make sure your windshield is clean, and headlights, taillights, and signal lights are all working properly.

  • Turn your headlights on at dusk, or if it is raining.

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Thanksgiving Cooking Safety

Thanksgiving Safety Tips are particularly important to keep in mind when cooking. For those of you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, safety should be your number one priority, there are many Thanksgiving Safety Tips to consider:

Turkey Safety

This is the star of the evening, and therefore it should be handled with extreme care when you are preparing it.

  • If you are buying a fresh turkey, wait until the last possible moment and certainly no more than 2 days before cooking it, keep it in the refrigerator at a 40°F or less.

  • If your turkey is frozen, the USDA recommends you thaw it in the fridge, alternately you could use cold water or the microwave if you are running short on time.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before handling any food to prevent the spread of infection and other illnesses.

  • Do not wash the turkey, this only serves to spread viruses and bacteria onto kitchen surfaces.

  • Keep the uncooked turkey separated from other foods to avoid contamination.

  • Cook the turkey until it reaches a temperature of 165°F, fully cooking the bird is the only way to ensure any bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses has been eliminated.

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Cooking Safety

Sadly, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires.  The good news is that with a little preparation and some simple Thanksgiving Safety Tips as guidelines, these can easily be avoided.

  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing and long dangling sleeves when cooking, to avoid your clothing catching fire.

  • Never leave the stove unattended.

  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the stove or oven as steam or splashing from hot liquids can cause severe burns.

  • Keep children away from knives and other sharp kitchen utensils.

  • Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.

  • Keep items like kitchen towels, pot holders, oven mitts, and wooden utensils away from heat sources as they could catch fire.

  • Keep your kitchen clean, grease build-up can easily start a fire.

  • Before going to bed check the oven and stove top to ensure everything is turned off.

  • Store leftovers properly in the fridge.

Have a Safe and Blessed Thanksgiving from All of Us!

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Cuts and burns can happen to the best of chefs, and most won’t require medical attention, but, if you happen to seriously injure yourself or someone that’s with you gets hurt, we’re open 24 hours a day through the Thanksgiving Holiday at Altus Emergency Centers. With any luck we will have you back in time to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend from all of us at Altus Emergency Centers!

4th Annual ThanksGIVING Drive

4th Annual ThanksGIVING Drive

It’s our favorite time of the year, the time of ThanksGIVING!  Thanksgiving is a special holiday with a long-standing tradition and values which helped lay the foundation that this great nation was founded on. Having a family gathering and giving thanks is a big part of that.  Join us for our 4th Annual ThanksGIVING Drive to help ensure that everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Just a couple of months ago, our communities were faced with the force of nature called Hurricane Harvey.  Many families are still struggling to recover from the major damage and loss that this natural disaster brought about.  Some lost a little, others lost all, but none are alone.  We at Altus Emergency Center Lumberton, who was the only 24/7 ER Haven in Hardin County Open & Operational during Harvey, encourage everyone to join Altus Gives and Lumberton Civic Women’s League/Caring Hearts in giving back. This year, we are happy to continue our tradition, this being our 4th Annual ThanksGIVING Drive.

Join Us at Our 4th Annual ThanksGIVING Drive

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HELP FAMILIES IN NEED.

Visit Our Drive-Thru Donation Station!

Let’s help fill their plates, fill their hearts and keep them warm! Just drive up to our Altus Emergency Center Lumberton building, we’ll be right out in front ready to accept your donations.

  • WHEN: Friday, November 17th 8 AM – 12 PM

  • WHERE: Altus Emergency Center 137 North LHS Drive Lumberton, TX 77657

  • BENEFITING: Caring Hearts of Lumberton

    Items to Donate:

    • Non-Perishable Food

    • Baby Food & Formula

    • Winter Coats

    • Blankets

    • Monetary Donations

Thank You & May God Bless You!

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Enjoy a Safe & Blessed Holidays!

Thank you for all of us at Altus Emergency Centers.  Please have a fun and safe Thanksgiving Holiday Season. We will be here to take care of you and your loved ones on in case you are in need of Top Quality Adult or Pediatric ER Care.

Should you or someone you know require immediate ER care, it is never the time to wait in line for hours or drive long distances. Give yourself the best possibility to get well. If you or someone you know need emergency medical assistance, visit your nearest Altus Emergency Center immediately.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are strong advocates of education and prevention. Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you in the event of a medical emergency.

Altus Emergency Centers
Freestanding ERs. Saving Lives 24/7. No Lines.

Find an Altus ER Near You.

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Trick–or–Treating Safety Tips

Halloween is by far the most fun filled night of the year for children and yes, for adults too, let’s face it, what can be better than dressing up, staying up late and eating a ton of yummy treats?

But, there is a scary side to Halloween that tops any ghost, goblin, ghouls, or things that go bump in the night, we are of course referring to accidents. Sadly, we at Altus Emergency Centers know all too well how devastating these can be.  This year, we would like to ensure that all enjoy the fun of Halloween without the dangers by practicing good trick-or-treating safety tips.

Horrifying Halloween Facts

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  • Kids are twice as likely to be hit by a motor vehicle and sustain serious injury or even death on Halloween night than any other night of the year.

  • Kids with severe food allergies are especially vulnerable during a trick-or-treat run.  As much as they can’t wait to enjoy a bite of delicious candy, please remember that food safety is an important part of trick-or-treating safety.

  • Elaborate costumes especially those that include long or loose-fitting clothing, masks, or props such as swords, can impair vision and make it difficult for a child to move, increasing their risk of falling and injuring themselves.

  • Carving a pumpkin is a dangerous affair, especially for small kids, deep cuts that require stitching are common this time of year.

  • Severe burns from a candle lit Jack O’ Lanterns are all too common.

Halloween Safety Tips

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

As frightening as these facts are, you need not worry, the heroic staff of Altus Emergency Centers is here to help you avert the terrors of the night, follow our trick-or-treating safety tips, and enjoy a fun night with your family.

  • Our first trick-or-treating safety tip is important at all times, not only on Halloween.  Never let kids under 12-years of age go trick-or-treating alone if you cannot accompany them, make sure a trusted adult is with them.

  • If you have older kids that will be going out on their own, make sure they are traveling in a group, and follow their route with the use of the GPS tracking system on their phones. Agree on a specific time they should return home.

  • Plan your route in advance, if possible avoid heavy traffic areas. Stick to a route you and your kids are familiar with.

  • Choose costumes that are bright or attach some reflective tape to the costume and trick-or-treat bags to increase visibility and help motorists spot your kids from a distance.

  • Make sure shoes are comfy and well fitted, trick-or-treating could take you several blocks away from home, comfy shoes are necessary to prevent blisters.

  • Masks can block or limit eyesight, making it difficult for your child to navigate and increasing their risk of injury, to avoid this consider using non-toxic makeup and well-fitted hats instead.

  • Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no allergic reactions, if your child suffers one, take him/her immediately to the nearest Altus ER Center for treatment.

  • Remove all makeup before your kids go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation.

  • When out shopping for costumes, wigs, and other accessories, make sure the label clearly states they are flame resistant.

  • The next trick-or-treating safety tip begins with costume selection to avoid potential injuries associated with falling.  Ensure your child’s costume is the appropriate length, long costumes increase the chances of your child tripping and hurting themselves.

  • If possible avoid costumes with weapons, but, if your child won’t have it any other way, make sure swords, knives, guns, etc. are short, soft, and flexible.

  • Never use over-the-counter decorative contact lenses, as these can cause pain, inflammation, infections, and other serious eye disorders which may lead to permanent vision loss. All contact lenses should be prescribed by an eye care professional.

  • Teach your kids how to call 911 or any other emergency number if they get lost or feel they may be in any sort of danger.

  • Instruct your kids to never get into a stranger’s car.

  • Tell your kids not to eat any treats until they return home, especially if they have food allergies. Inspect all treats before allowing your children to consume them.

  • Limit the number of sweets your kids can eat at once, hide the candy and allow them to consume it a little at a time over the next few days or weeks.

  • Never let small children carve a pumpkin, instead have them draw a scary face on it with a marker.

  • Choose to light up your Jack O’ Lantern with a flashlight, battery operated led light, or glow stick instead of a candle.

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No Need to Fear When Altus ER is Here

Have a Fun & Safe Halloween!

Altus Emergency Centers wants you to have a fun and safe Halloween, follow our trick-or-treat safety tips but know that accidents can happen even when you are being careful, which is why we will be here to take care of you and your loved ones on the scariest night of the year and every other night too.

Should you or someone you know require immediate ER care, it is never the time to wait in line for hours or drive long distances.  Give yourself the best possibility to get well.  If you or someone you know need emergency medical assistance, visit your nearest Altus Emergency Center immediately.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are strong advocates of education and prevention. Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you in the event of a medical emergency.

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Emergency Nurses Week

Happy Emergency Nurses Week!

Emergency Nurses Week. Honoring Those Who Care for All

Altus ER is proud to celebrate another Emergency Nurses Week along with the most talented and dedicated group of Emergency Nurses ever assembled. While we are grateful every day for the hard work these professionals do, we take special care to honor their dedication and commitment to helping patients this week.

Through their compassion and deep understanding of the human condition, our knowledgeable nurses do so much more than just administer care to patients who walk through our doors every day, they provide comfort and reassurance, they educate patients and their families, they are therapists and advisors, and most importantly they are advocates of their patients.

They're Special!

What Makes Emergency Room Nurses So Special?

Like other nurses, they must complete a rigorous medical training and become licensed before they can practice their profession, but, what sets an emergency room nurse apart from nurses in other areas of healthcare, is their ability to react in a stressful situation. Because they are the frontline of triage they face multiple types of injuries every day, from splinters, and minor cuts to severe trauma which can be life-threatening.

Keeping calm in stressful situations, where patients and their loved ones are in pain, shock, and fearful, is an invaluable trait every one of our emergency nurses possesses. They have an uncanny emotional stability that allows them to cope with dire situations while remaining calm and sympathetic as they provide the highest quality of patient care.

They are the liaison between emergency doctors and patients, often translating complex medical lingo pertaining to diagnosis, and treatment, making it easier for patients and their loved ones to understand, they diligently listen to patient concerns and answer questions in a truthful yet tactful manner.

They keep the emergency room and doctors organized, allowing us to ensure our patients zero wait times when they visit any of our facilities. They are the heart and soul of our business, responsible for so many critical aspects of our operation including:

 

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Triage

These caring souls are the ones who assess the severity of a patient’s condition and collect their medical history. With this information, they can quickly assign the patient to the doctor on staff best qualified to attend their needs.

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Patient Care

Taking vital signs, administering medication, monitoring patient progress, helping to stabilize patients, caring for wounds, and assisting with critical patients are all part of an emergency nurse’s duties. In addition to these, our nurses are responsible for the patient’s medical chart, making sure it is up to date and accurate, this part of the process is of the utmost importance, as any missing or inaccurate information could hinder treatment and possibly endanger the patient’s life.

 

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Patient Discharge

Emergency nurses also handle all patient discharges, making sure all paperwork is appropriately filled out, and patients and their families understand all doctor recommendations and treatment course.

 

Thank You to All of Our Amazing Nurses!

In the wake of the terrible disaster caused by Hurricane Harvey, this Emergency Nurses Week, Altus Emergency Centers would like to celebrate, honor, and express our infinite gratitude to our formidable emergency nurses who have proven to be the most selfless, powerful, resourceful, and masterful human beings.

During those times of crisis as they do every day, they never stopped, and never faulted in their commitment to saving lives, providing comfort, and helping patients through their darkest moments. For that and everything they do for patients every day, we at Altus Emergency Centers are eternally grateful.

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Altus Emergency Nurses Are the Best!

People who choose to become an ER nurse were born with a special calling.   At Altus Emergency Centers, our RN’s are the cream of the crop!  Although Emergency Nurses Week lasts only seven days, you are on call 27/7/365 days of the year.   You help us win awards, you are Altus ER embassadors, you work actively to help build up your Texas communities, you are our friends who help us feel better.  Thank you to all the brave men and women RN’s of Altus Emergency Centers!

Great experience and a great lesson learned. We went for an open flesh wound caused by a dog bite. We were in and out of Altus in about 30 minutes compared to the 4 hour wait time at the hospital. Great facility, nice staff, and beats waiting at the ER. For the dog bite, they gave my wife a tetanus shot and cleaned up the wound with some iodine or peroxide and wrote her a prescription for an antibiotic. Going to a Primary Care Physician or Urgent care with insurance would be inexpensive. Going to an emergency center, whether at the hospital or and independent location like Altus, should be a last resort. A friend of mine who is a nurse told us, “Emergency care is the best and most expensive care you’ll ever receive, even with insurance, It’s why nurses avoid the ER.”This applies to ANY ER you visit. Expect to receive at leaset 2 bills, one from the facility (Altus) and one from each specialist (Dr. Noname), i.e. on call physician, radiologist if you need Xrays, pathologist, etc. HERE’S WHAT GOT US. Our BCBSTX covered 70% of the facility visit but DID NOT pay for the doctor. I’m not going to get into how much the total visit was, but it was something I was not able to afford at the time. I spoke with a nurse and she gave me the Administrator’s card. I explained to him the situation and he was quite pleasant to speak with. I OWE AMIR BASHIRI a BIG BIG BIG THANK YOU for the financial assistance you were able to provide us with.

— Reagan Martin

Meet the Altus Emergency Nurses!

During all of Emergency Nurses Week, we will be posting photos of our ER Nurses here and on our social media pages.  The next time you see them in the supermarket, at a school, at an event or anywhere else, please say hello and remember, that they are here for you!

Our Doctors and Nurses Are Here for You

We Are Just Around the Corner When You Need ER Help

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are proud to be a part of our Texas communities and are honored to employ talented and dedicated emergency care staff. We look forward to serving you for years to come.

Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you in the event of a medical emergency. Don’t drive far distances to receive proper care! Visit your nearest Altus Emergency Center!

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Trunk or Treat Lumberton Event

Join us at the 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat Lumberton

You’re in for a Trick or TREAT!

Calling all you goblins, princesses, zombies, witches, ghosts and superheroes!  It’s time to doll up that truck just in time for the second annual, Trunk or Treat Lumberton Event!  This spooky and fun-filled event is sponsored by Altus Emergency Lumberton, First Baptist Lumberton Church, as well as the Lumberton High School Key Club.   We promise an event filled with the magic of Halloween turned good! This fun free event being held on Tuesday, October 31st from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Altus Emergency Center Lumberton location: 137 North LHS Drive Lumberton, TX 77657.

Decorate Your Trunk for a Chance to Win a Prize!

The Top 3 Best Decorated Trunks will Win a Spooky Prize!  During this free for all family-friendly event, we will be having spots for trunks to line up. The top 3 decorated trunks will win a prize.  We encourage everyone to get creative and enroll your trunk for a chance to win!  To participate, contact Bradley Jackson at bdjackson@altusemergency.com.

 

What We Have In Store for You

A Spooktacular Night is Planned for You! Trunk or Treat Lumberton Event Activities.

A Haunting We Will Go!  This year, Altus Emergency Centers has a ton of healthy fun for everyone!  Bring your friends, family, decorated trunks and canned foods to help the communities most affected by Harvey.

  • Multiple trunks decorated to give out free candy to kids and families.

  • Top 3 Best Decorated Trunks Win Prizes!

  • Carnival Games Always Pure Fun for Kids of All Ages

  • Capture Your Scariest Angle at Two Fun Photobooths!

  • Jam to Halloween Tunes played by our favorite DJ

  • Canned Food Drive for those affected by Harvey

Key Club’s Canned Food Drive for Harvey Help:  One CAN Make a Difference!

Come to the Trunk or Treat Lumberton and get a chance to help those in the community most affected by Harvey.  During the Trunk or Treat Lumberton Event, the Lumberton High School Key Club will be collecting canned food items for those affected by Harvey.  This recent natural disaster has left many still vulnerable and in great need of assistance. Any canned food item will be greatly appreciated!

Together, we can help families get back on their feet after Harvey.

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Mark the event on your calendars and share with friends that may wish to attend. Remember that sharing is caring!

These Are The Gh’oul Times!

At Altus Emergency Centers, we love to support our local communities by giving back every opportunity that we have. We pride ourselves on being community partners and being involved in enriching the environment, especially for the children. It is through outreach and service that we can build a happier, healthier and safer future for all.

Enjoy highlights from last year’s first ever Trunk or Treat Lumberton Event.

Take Care of Yourself and Your Loved Ones.

We Always Keep Safety in Mind

This is a great opportunity just a simple, fun family event on Halloween. The Trunk or Treat Lumberton is a free event, for people of all ages to come out and enjoy a night with their community in a safe and fun manner.  The parking lot is well lit, and security will be at the event to ensure everyone can have a great time, and do it safely.

We encourage you to participate in our 2nd Annual Truck or Treat Lumberton Event and enjoy safe, fun and healthy time with the family.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are strong advocates of education and prevention. Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you to help you stay happy and healthy!

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