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Texas Mosquitoes – Don’t Give Them a Biting Chance!

Preventing Texas Mosquitoes From Becoming a Health Hazzard

Summertime brings many joys with it, cookouts, outdoor sports, a leisure afternoon by the pool, or a long hike in the wilderness to name a few; but, alongside all the pleasures of summer come its inevitable nuisances like mosquitoes. 

In a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas is in the top 20% of states when it comes to the number of people being infected by insect-borne diseases including those transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.  

The Texas Department of State Health Services recently confirmed the first human cases of the West Nile Virus of 2018.

In a recent press release, the Texas DSHS confirmed three cases of West Nile disease reported last week by local health departments in Austin, Dallas, and Galveston. “The first three cases of the year are cases of West Nile fever reported by Austin Public Health and Galveston County Health District and a case of this neuroinvasive disease reported by Dallas County Health and Human Services.”  The very first victim of this mosquito-transmitted virus is a resident of the 75061 zip code of Irving, Texas.  

In this article, we will focus on mosquitoes as they affect the health of people and animals more than any other insect pest, and they are prevalent in urban areas meaning they can affect anyone of us. 

Common Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Texas 

Mosquito populations exist throughout the state, and unfortunately, our area is no exception. Thankfully, not all species of mosquitoes are disease vectors or carriers; however, carrier species of illnesses like West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, Chikungunya Virus, and Zika Virus are known to live in Texas. 

West Nile Virus

The carrier of West Nile Virus (WNV) in urban Texas areas is the southern house mosquito (Culex quinquefasciatus). Two forms of the virus can affect humans: 

West Nile Fever (WNF): Symptoms include: fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, back pain, muscle aches, decreased appetite, fever, and about 20-50% of patients develop a rash on their arms, chest, and back. 

West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease (WNND): Early symptoms are like those of WNF but don’t include the rash. This type of virus is much more severe because it affects the nervous system and patients can develop encephalitis, meningitis, weakness, or muscle paralysis (commonly on one side of the body), inflammation of the lining of the retina, or a combination of these. This form of the virus requires medical attention as it can be fatal if not treated properly. 

Additional information on West Nile surveillance and a link to current human case counts are available at TxWestNile.org.

Dengue

Dengue, also known as break-bone fever can be a severe but rarely fatal disease, the more serious manifestations of it are known as dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome. It is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, and symptoms include:  

  • Sudden onset of high fever 
  • A severe headache 
  • Severe back pain 
  • Severe joint pains 
  • A rash that appears on the third or fourth day of the illness 

Chikungunya Virus

This virus is transmitted by two types of mosquitoes the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Symptoms include: 

  • Severe fever 
  • Incapacitating arthritic joint pain 

Symptoms typically disappear in 7-10 days, but the pain can linger for years after the infection has cleared. 

Zika Virus

The Zika virus is transmitted to humans mostly by the bite of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes; however, infected humans can spread the disease through sexual intercourse, blood transfusions, mother to unborn child, and during birth. 

Not all patients will develop symptoms, those who do are usually mild and include: 

  • Fever 
  • Skin rash 
  • Red eyes or conjunctivitis 
  • Joint pain 

The real danger of contracting the Zika virus is for pregnant women, as it has been linked to cases of microcephaly when contracted during the first trimester of pregnancy. Microcephaly is a medical condition in newborns, that results in an unusually small head because the brain stopped growing or did not develop properly. 

Stop Mosquitoes in Their Tracks  

The best way to avoid becoming infected by a mosquito-borne disease is to stay clear away from mosquitoes, now, this might be easier said than done as those pesky little flying creatures seem to be everywhere this time of year, but, there are some ways to stop mosquitoes in their tracks. 

  • Wear EPA-approved insect repellent 
  • Wear lightweight and loose fitting long sleeve shirts and pants when you are outdoors 
  • Avoid black or dark clothing, strangely enough, it seems mosquitoes love black 
  • Mount screens on all your doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home 
  • Use mosquito nets over cribs to protect babies especially those younger than two months 
  • Remove any standing water in and around your house 
  • Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect 
  • Avoid foods like avocados, bananas, and dry foods during your cookouts, mosquitoes are attracted to foods that are high in salt and potassium. If you must have guacamole at your backyard party, keep it covered as much as possible. 
  • Turn on the fan, mosquitoes have a low fly range, windy conditions make it difficult for them to navigate so they will shy away from any windy areas. 

Mosquitoes are an annoying reality for us Texans, one we can’t always avoid. If you happen to be one of the unlucky residents who develops a mosquito-borne disease this summer, remember Altus Emergency Centers are amongst the most qualified facilities to treat your symptoms and help you get back to your summer plans. 

Know Where to Go In the Event of an Emergency

If you are ever in need of quality emergency care, you will not have to wait in line at Altus Emergency Centers. All of our ERs are fully equipped and open 24/7.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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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!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

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.

4th of July Safety Tips – Celebrate Safely!

4th of July Safety Tips
Declare Your Independence from Accidental Injuries

Happy Birthday, America!

On July 4th, 1776, 242 years ago, our founding fathers declared that all men had the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. At Altus Emergency Centers we want everyone to join in on our nation’s birthday celebration in the safest way possible.

This 4th of July, we urge you to plan your celebration safely, your life and that of your loved ones deserve to be lived to its full potential, but, an accidental injury or illness can destroy your plans for the future in mere seconds.

To help you organize a safe and enjoyable celebration follow these safety tips:

Summer Food Safety Tips 

Cookouts are a staple of 4th of July celebrations, and we always say the more, the merrier, but one guest you certainly don’t want at your party is salmonella.

 

What is Salmonella?

Salmonella is one of the most common bacteria found in improperly cooked foods. Salmonella can quickly grow on foods like eggs, fish, poultry, and other high-protein foods including beans.

Most of the cases of salmonellosis occur during the summer months, a significant number of cases are a result of not refrigerating foods both before cooking and after they are cooked. See the salmonella bacteria can easily grow on any high-protein food that is not stored at the right temperature.

Symptoms of Salmonellosis

Salmonellosis is not usually not fatal, symptoms will manifest 12-36 hours after eating the contaminated food and include:

  • – A Headache
  • – Nausea and Vomiting
  • – Abdominal Pain
  • – Diarrhea
  • – Fever

How to Prevent Salmonellosis

Wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling raw foods

Don’t rinse raw poultry meats as you are more likely to spread the germs around the kitchen

Cook Food Properly

Follow this chart to ensure any bacteria is destroyed during cooking:

 

Type of Food Minimum Temperature
Eggs 160°F
Ground Meats 160°F
Pultry and fowl 165°F
Fresh Meats – Steaks, Chops & Roasts 145°F
Fish & Shellfish 145°F
Rabbit 160°F
Fresh Ham 160°F
Reheat Pre-cooked ham 140°F

 

* Source: Partnership for Food Safety Education.

Deck Safety Tips 

Decks take center stage during the summer months, but, this outdoor space can take a beating all year-round from sunlight, rain, wind, and other elements that over time can add up to accident-causing damage.

Although fatal deck collapses are rare, deck-related injuries are not. From something as small as a wood splinter to a broken bone from falling off a deck, at Altus Emergency Centers we’ve treated all sorts of outdoor deck-related injuries.

Deck Safety Tips to ensure the safety of your friends and family this 4th of July.

Take time each year to inspect and maintain your deck space, check for things like:

  • – Missing Lag Screws
  • – Missing Joist Nails
  • – Rotting Posts
  • – Weak Joints
  • – Excessive Wobble
  • – Weak Railings

Be very careful while grilling on the deck, remember to:

  • – Keep the grill away from any flammable surfaces including wood railings
  • – Never grill under low hanging tree branches
  • – Don’t leave the grill unattended
  • – Don’t use gasoline, lighter fluid, or other flammable substances to light your grill

Fireworks Safety Tips 

We are just going to come out and say it, there is no such thing as a safe firework, even those cute sparklers can cause severe burns, especially in children, after all, they burn at 2000 degrees!

At Altus Emergency Centers every year we treat countless firework-related injuries that include, mild to severe burns, lacerations, and even partial amputations. This 4th of July why not plan to go see a professional firework display rather than having one at home.

If you live in an area where the selling of fireworks is allowed, and insist on buying some for your home celebration, here is what you can do to prevent any injuries:

  • – Never let your kids play or light fireworks, instead, try giving them glow sticks and bracelets
  • – Create a Safety Zone, keep your kids, pets, and guests at a safe distance from where you are lighting the fireworks, remember not to burn a firework close to trees, shrubs, and other flammable surfaces.
  • – Light the fireworks one at a time and move away from it after it has been ignited.
  • – Keep a garden hose or bucket of water handy, and always douse any duds.
  • – Never throw or point a firework at another person or animal.

Know Where to Go In the Event of an Emergency

Much like our founding fathers thought we should declare independence from the tyrannical government of the British Empire, the staff of Altus Emergency Centers thinks it’s time for you and your family to declare independence from Accidental Injuries and preventable illnesses. We want ya’ll to go out and safely pursue your happiness this 4th of July, and every day after that!

Happy Fourth of July from all of Us!

If you are ever in need of quality emergency care, you will not have to wait in line at Altus Emergency Centers.  All of our ERs are fully equipped and open 24/7.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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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!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

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.

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 24 hr ER Texas

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!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

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.

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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.

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

Find an Altus ER Near You.

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