Common Summertime Injuries

How to Avoid Common Summertime Injuries

Make it a priority to learn to avoid common summertime injuries to make it the best one ever! Summertime brings warm weather and plenty of fun outdoor activities like cookouts and pool parties.

While we are all looking forward to a fun-filled summer; we cannot overlook the fact that ER visits increase during the summer months.

So, before you drink one more beer, run that extra mile, dive into your pool or take a nap in the sun, we advise you to read on.

Top Three Common Summertime Injuries

We’ve asked our doctors to list the most common reasons why people end up in our Emergency Centers during the summer months and what can be done to prevent them. Here is what we learned.

 

Heat-Related Illnesses

A 2015 study from researchers at Brown University found that heat-related injuries significantly increased once the thermometer hit 75°F.

According to a study from the CDC, some 2000 Americans die every year from weather-related causes. Of these, 31% are due to excessive natural heat exposure.

Emergency Room visits for heat-related illnesses range from mild to severe and include the following:

 

1. Heat-Stroke

The most severe heat-related illness occurs when the body temperature rises rapidly, and the sweating mechanisms fail preventing the body from cooling down.

 

Should You Go to the ER?

Heat-stroke can cause death or permanent disability if the patient is not rushed to the ER immediately.

2. Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to extreme loss of water and salt, usually due to excessive sweating.

 

Should You Go to the ER?

You should come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for evaluation and treatment if you suspect you or someone you know is suffering from heat exhaustion.

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3. Rhabdomyolysis

This medical condition is associated with heat stress and prolonged physical exertion, which causes the rapid breakdown, rupture, and death of muscle.

Rhabdomyolysis can cause irregular heart rhythms, seizures, and damage the kidneys.

 

Should You Go to the ER?

Yes, anyone suffering from rhabdomyolysis needs immediate emergency medical care.

 

How to Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses

 

  • Be mindful of the temperature outdoors
  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid being in the sun for long periods
  • Avoid being outdoors between 2-4pm the hottest hours of the day

Swimming-Related Injuries and Drowning

Our doctors see a fair amount of swimming-related injuries during the summer.

The injuries are mostly caused by:

  • Diving into a body of water
  • Boating accidents
  • Drownings

 

How to avoid Swimming-related injuries and Drowning

 

  • Supervise children when they are in or around a pool, lake, river or ocean
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Wear a lifejacket
  • Always jump into a body of water feet first
  • Look for underwater hazards before going into the water
  • Stay in designated areas
  • When possible, choose to swim in areas where lifeguards are present

 

Should You Go to the ER?

 

All drowning victims need immediate emergency medical attention.

Any swimming injuries which result in deep lacerations need to be evaluated by a medical professional.

Victims who have lost consciousness due to a swimming-related incident need to be taken to the nearest emergency room for evaluation.

Sports Injuries

During the summer months, people usually practice more outdoor activities from playing frisbee, to taking up a sport such as football, baseball, or soccer.

Because of this increase in activity, our ER doctors see a lot more sports injuries during this time of year.

ER visits from sports injuries vary in type and severity, some are just mild sprains which will heal with rest, others involve torn ACL’s or even a broken bone.

 

How to Avoid Sports Injuries

 

  • Warm up and cool down before and after any physical activity
  • Be mindful of your physical condition, listen to your body and don’t overdo it
  • Wear protective gear
  • Learn the right techniques to play any sport
  • Rest when tired
  • Stay hydrated

 

Should You Go to the ER?

 

You should come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for evaluation and treatment in case of:

  • Concussion
  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Broken bones
  • Dislocated shoulders
  • Torn muscles or tendons

The key to enjoying your summer is caution, nothing puts a damper on your plans like an accident and an unexpected trip to our emergency room. Therefore, always take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

But don’t worry, Altus Emergency Centers will always be here to take care of you and your family in case of a medical emergency.

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!

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, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, 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.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS to ER CARE!

Water Safety Tips to Prevent Drownings

Water Safety Month

Tips to Help Save A Life

Summer is almost here, and with it come long, hot, sunny days perfect for swimming in pools, lakes, and rivers.

The truth is that swimming is a great activity. Not only is it fun; it also provides a bunch of physical and mental benefits. However, drowning is a real danger, even for expert swimmers.

Perhaps that is why the month of May has been designated as Water Safety Month. This month we aim to raise awareness of the dangers of accidental drownings and how to prevent them.

How Big is The Problem?

What are the risks of not following proper water safety? Statistics according to the CDC:

  • Ten people die every day from unintentional drowning
  • An additional 332 people die each year from drowning in boating-related incidents
  • Drowning is the fifth leading cause of accidental injury death in the United States
  • 1 in 5 drowning deaths is a child under the age of 14
  • For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency room care for nonfatal submersion injuries

Where Do Drownings Occur?

According to information published in Enddrowningnow.org, most drownings occur in:

  • Pools 21.3%
  • Lakes 25.9%
  • Rivers 27.2%
  • Oceans 10.4%

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

What Can You Do to Prevent Drownings?

Although not all drownings result in death, nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as:

  • Memory problems
  • Learning disabilities
  • Permanent loss of basic functioning (permanent vegetative state)

So, learning how you can prevent accidental drowning injuries is essential. 

Water Safety Tips

Learn to Swim

Although strong swimmers can also suffer drowning injuries knowing how to swim can reduce the risk of drowning in all age groups.

Learn CPR

In a drowning situation, every second counts.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions with artificial ventilation. It is used to manually preserve brain function.

CPR performed by bystanders has been shown to save lives and improve outcomes in drowning victims. The more quickly CPR is started, the better.

Supervise

Real life drowning accidents don’t resemble those we see on TV or movies. Most victims don’t scream or thrash in the water.

Instead, victims tend to appear lethargic and are often found unresponsive floating in the water or submerged beneath it.

Therefore, a responsible adult who knows how to swim should always be available to supervise kids who are in or around water.

You can take turns to give the supervisor a break so they can also enjoy the party but be careful never to leave kids unsupervised.

Don’t Swim Alone

It’s never a good idea to swim alone. If you get in trouble, having a buddy close by could save your life. Also, whenever possible, choose swimming sports that have lifeguards.

Use Lifejackets

Whenever you go boating or tubbing, remember to wear a lifejacket. Research shows that half of all boating deaths are preventable with the use of life jackets.

Don’t use air-filled or foam toys, such as “water wings” or “noodles” instead of life jackets. These toys are not designed to keep swimmers safe.

Avoid Alcohol

Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing. Do not drink alcohol while supervising children.

Be Prepared

Always have a cell phone, first aid kit, throwing or reaching floating devices near your pool. Remember to add the phone number of your nearest Altus Emergency Center to your contact list.

When to Go to the ER

All drowning victims need emergency care, so bring them to the nearest Altus Emergency Center as soon as possible.

Even though most drowning victims are revived with first aid, they still need to be evaluated by an emergency medical doctor.

Complications of the drowning event may take time to develop; it may be hours before signs and symptoms to develop.

As we get ready to enjoy our long summer days, Altus Emergency Centers would like to remind you always put safety first. And if an accident were to occur, we will be here to nurse you and your loved one back to health.

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!

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, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, 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.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS to ER CARE!

Understanding Your ER Bill

Understanding Your ER Bill

Emergency Room visits are often a disorienting, stressful, and nerve-racking affair, and to make matters worse, medical bills are notoriously difficult to understand, so your stress doesn’t end the minute you walk out of the ER.  Understanding your ER Bill is not something that is common knowledge.

Nevertheless, it’s in your financial best interest to know exactly what you are paying for and the ways you can lower your out-of-pocket expenses when you receive a medical bill.

At Altus Emergency Centers we believe in billing transparency, and helping our communities safeguard their hard-earned money. We know firsthand that there is no way to thoroughly plan for a medical emergency, which is why we are committed to help our patients receive all the benefits of their health plans and save as much money as possible.  For this reason, we bring you a simple guide to understanding your ER Bill that we hope will help settle your nerves and save you money.

What Are Facility and Physician Fees?

After receiving treatment in one of our centers, we will mail two separate claims to your insurance company:

  • Facility Fee Claim
  • Physician Fee Claim

 

Facility Fee

All Emergency Rooms (hospital and freestanding) charge a facility fee. Facility fee charges depend on the level of emergency care provided to our patients which ranges from basic emergency care to immediate life-threatening conditions.

The facility fee does not include medications, supplies, diagnostic imaging such as CT scans and X-rays, or laboratory tests.

 

Physician Fee

In the past, emergency physicians would bill for their services separately and their fees vary depending on the level of care provided.

Starting back on June 2019, at Altus Emergency we directly control physician billing to ensure you superior service.

All patients are treated exclusively by our in-house local doctors, and this allows us to control the entire billing process.  The best news is that you will never receive a surprise medical bill from us. Please keep in mind that physician services will still be billed separately for transparency purposes.

On the other hand, the physician fees of Radiologists (X-Rays) and Pathologist (Lab) are included in the facility fee.

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Documents You Should Expect from Your Insurance Company

Once we file the insurance claims on your behalf, your insurance provider will review them and determine how much is covered by your plan and how much you need to pay out of pocket.

 

EOB

An Explanation of Benefits (EOB) is the statement sent to you by your health insurance company explaining which services your insurance covers, the amount paid by your plan and how much you need to pay out-of-pocket.

The balance due considers your deductible, coinsurance, and other non-covered benefits.

You should receive your EOB before you get an actual bill from us. When you get your EOB, please review it carefully, make sure you are not being billed twice for the same service or service you did not receive.

Double-check that the insurance company is paying for everything your plan includes, if you need help doing this you can contact our Patient Advocate, they can help you understand your coverage and negotiate with your insurance company.

 

Informative Letters

Some insurance companies will send you a letter with additional information regarding your coverage. They will appear to sound “nice” while they explain that they are not covering your costs and even claim that they will try to help you lower your out-of-pocket costs.

Some of these letters might make it look like independent ER’s (also called freestanding ERs) like Altus Emergency Centers are more expensive than hospital-based ER’s.

Check out an example of a real letter from Cigma that an Altus Emergency patient received after being treated.

However, thanks to a recent law which forces medical providers to list their standard costs for procedures we now know this is not true.

In fact, we can prove that Altus Emergency is not more expensive than a hospital ER.  In some cases, we are actually less expensive than a hospital ER and we can PROVE IT.

The following chart reveals the prices of some of the most common medical emergency services. Listed are their total price at a Freestanding Emergency Center and what the same service costs at a hospital.

Cost Differences for Common Medical Emergency Conditions

SCENARIO 1: CHEST PAIN

Total Cost

ALTUS ER

$4,328.63

Hospital

$5,512.00

Your visit to Altus Emergency just saved you: $1,183.37

SCENARIO 2: ABDOMINAL PAIN

Total Cost

ALTUS ER

$9,754.68

Hospital

$11,143.87

Your visit to Altus Emergency just saved you:Altus Savings of $1,389.19

SCENARIO 3: BACK/FLANK PAIN

Total Cost

ALTUS ER

$6,755.48

Hospital

$9,383.00

Your visit to Altus Emergency just saved you: $2,627.52

SCENARIO 4: HEAD INJURY

Total Cost

ALTUS ER

$8,010.63

Hospital

$8,595.00

Your visit to Altus Emergency just saved you: $584.37

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Additionally, our Patient Advocate will always try to negotiate better rates and find ways to maximize your health insurance benefits so we can lower your out-of-pocket expenses.

At Altus Emergency Centers our priority will always be our patient’s wellbeing. We guarantee you will receive the best emergency care regardless of your ability to pay.

If you have questions about your ER visit, medical problems, worsening symptoms, or you wish to speak to your nurse or doctor, please contact us.

Get Peace of Mind, Call Patient Advocate

If you have any questions regarding your billing or insurance please contact our Patient Advocate Department. 

Lumberton & Waxahachie: Call us (469) 383-7361 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm and ask for the Patient Advocate.

Baytown & Lake Jackson: Call us (979) 529-2000 between 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm and ask for the Patient Advocate.

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!

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, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, 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.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Billing and Coding Associate Job Opening

Billing and Coding Associate Job Opening

This is an excellent opportunity to work with one of the finest Freestanding Emergency Centers in Texas.

Altus Emergency Center in Lumberton is currently seeking to fill the position of: Billing and Coding Associate.  Please review the following job requirements and submit your resume to ERjobs@altusemergency.com.

 

Billing and Coding Associate Requirements and Responsibilities

Coding

  • Reviews all documentation to ensure coding by provider is supported
  • Apply all coding rules and use of CPT and ICD codes and appropriate use of modifiers
  • Assign and sequence all codes for services rendered
  • Where providers have made errors or missed coding, use as educational tool for the provider(s)
    • Contact physicians and other health care professionals about treatment and/or diagnostic tests given to patients with regard to coding procedures
  • Assist in educating physicians and staff in requirements of documentation for proper reimbursement.
  • Assists all staff with coding as required
  • Constant review and recommends updates on coding changes
  • Assists in conducting internal audits of patient charges and corresponding documentation.

 

Billing:

  • Submit claims and work rejects for claims submission, daily
  • Check for data errors.
  • Determine problem that resulted in a rejected claim, resolve, advise on procedural changes to implement and prevent further such rejects.
  • Resubmit/refile and appeal rejected claims, as is necessary.
  • Check coding and post charges
  • Adhere to contractual requirements of Medicare, Medicaid, and any in network managed care plans
  • Ability to process and understand out of network claims
  • Scrub and submit claims
  • Run daily update and insurance exception reports
  • Review and correct, re-scrub rejected claims

 

Accounts Receivable and patient statements:

  • Runs A/R report
  • Works accounts receivable
  • Prepare patient statements

Collections:

  • Patient collections
  • Responsible for follow-up on unpaid claims and process of sending patients to collections as per office policy.
  • Work collection of past due accounts weekly, follow-up on payment arrangements

 

OTHER DUTIES

  • Assist patients with questions regarding insurance and/or account balances
  • Work with patients who have insurance claim difficulties.
  • Assist with pulling and filing of patient charts
  • Works Revenue Cycle Director to provide information necessary to generate financial statements and to accomplish fiscal audits and reimbursement studies.

PERSONAL QUALITIES AND CHARACTERISTICS

  • Ability to communicate well with people both in personal contacts and on the phone.
  • Professional, friendly appearance
  • Good organizational skills
  • High accuracy and precision.
  • Methodical.
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Ability to recognize, evaluate, solve problems and correct errors.
  • Skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other employees, patients, insurance carriers and the public.
  • Ability to maintain patient and office confidentiality.
  • Verbal & written communication skills
  • Skill to effectively negotiate with patients, guarantors & other parties for payment of claims
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently with only general supervision
  • Problem solving skills

Professional Requirements

  • Certification Required
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience required
  • Commitment to high level of customer experience

Apply Today!

Be a part of the winning team at Altus Emergency Centers!

In order to apply for the position of Billing and Coding Associate, please submit your resume to ERjobs@altusemergency.com.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

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!

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, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, 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.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS to ER CARE!

Physical Activity is Important – Fitness and Sports Month

Let’s Get Moving! Why Physical Activity is Important

Exercise has become almost a curse word in our culture. We dread going to the gym, and life always seems to get in the way. Between work, taking care of our family, who has time for the gym?

We have been led to believe that exercise is just something to do so we can lose weight and look good. However, physical activity has many benefits for our physical and mental health and can help us live longer and better lives.

Benefits of Exercise

These are just a few of the ways regular exercise can improve our daily lives:

 

1. It Will Help You Lose Those Extra Pounds

 

Any physical activity will burn calories, so getting at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise will help boost our metabolism and help us burn more calories, which in turn will help slim our waistlines and look fabulous.

For those of you who are already at your ideal weight, exercise can help you maintain it.

2. It Can Make You Feel Happier

 

Exercise not only changes your body it also has a positive impact on your brain by causing changes in the part of the brain that regulates stress and anxiety.

Exercising increases our brain’s sensitivity to hormones like serotonin and norepinephrine, which relieve feelings of depression; and stimulated the production of endorphins which reduce the perception of pain.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

3. It’s Good for Your Muscles and Bones

 

As we age, we lose muscle mass and function which can lead to injuries and disabilities. Physical activity and a healthy diet will help you grow and maintain healthy muscle mass.

Exercise especially high-impact activities like running or walking, help build bone density and reduces our risk of developing osteoporosis later in life.

4. Increases Your Energy Levels

 

You may think that adding exercise to your long list of things to do, will only serve to make you even more tired than you are, but this would be wrong.

Physical activity is, in fact, a fantastic energy booster for anyone, even people who suffer severe chronic illnesses and persistent fatigue.

5. Reduces Your Risk of Chronic Disease

 

According to the National Institutes of Health, the lack of physical activity is the primary cause of most chronic diseases.

Regular exercise helps prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including:

  • Stroke
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Many Types of Cancer
  • Arthritis

Regular exercise can also help improve cognitive function and helps lower the risk of death from all causes.

6. Get A Better Night’s Rest

 

Exercising can help you fall asleep faster and get better sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to go to sleep.

 

7. Helps Put the Spark Back into Your Sex Life

 

When we exercise, we feel and look better, which can help emotionally boost our sex life.

Additionally, regular physical activity may enhance sexual arousal in women and reduce erectile dysfunction in men.

Take it Slow, Do it Right and Avoid Injuries

Exercise is meant to improve our lives not to make them more difficult.

Regardless of what your fitness level is, everyone is vulnerable to a sports injury. Common exercise-related injuries include:

  • Sprains
  • Muscle Strains
  • Tendinitis—inflammation of a tendon, often due to overuse
  • ACL and Meniscus Tears of the Knee—a rip in one of the ligaments that helps stabilize the knee or cartilage that cushions the knee joint
  • Rotator Cuff Tears—rips in the group of muscles and their tendons that hold the arm in the shoulder socket.

Tips to Avoid Exercise-Related Injuries

  • Talk to your doctor before you start an exercise program, this is especially important for women over age 55, men over the age of 45 and anyone with a chronic illness
  • Choose the right workout for your age and fitness goals
  • Stretch, warm up, and cool down before and after your exercise program
  • Cross train, vary your workout routine to avoid overstressing one set of muscles
  • Learn the proper technique and mind your posture
  • Never push yourself to the point of pain
  • Wear the right gear
  • Start gradually, don’t try to do too much all at once
  • Stay hydrated

When to Visit Altus Emergency Center

You should come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if you have any of the following symptoms or signs:

  • Your pain is unbearable
  • You can’t put weight on your injured leg
  • The injured area is severely swollen
  • You fear you may have a broken bone
  • You have bleeding that won’t stop
  • You experience numbness, tingling or weakness, these may be signs of a nerve injury

 

May is National Fitness and Sports Month, and Altus Emergency Centers invited you to celebrate it by increasing your weekly physical activity. Remember, exercising will help you look fabulous, feel better and live longer.

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!

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, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, 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.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS to ER CARE!

High Blood Pressure Education Month – It Starts with Your Heart

Understanding High Blood Pressure

It Starts with Your Heart

May has been designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as National High Blood Pressure Education Month.

Because of this, at Altus Emergency Centers we will focus our attention during this month on the education and prevention of high blood pressure in the communities we serve.

What is Blood Pressure?

Every time your heart beats it pumps blood through your arteries so it can transport oxygen and nutrients to the rest of your body.

As the blood moves, it pushes against the sides of the blood vessels. The strength of this pushing is your blood pressure.

Your blood pressure will rise and fall throughout the day, but if it stays high for a long time, it can damage your heart. High blood pressure also known as hypertension can cause heart attack, stroke and lead to other severe health problems.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Understanding Your Blood Pressure Reading

When a doctor or nurse takes your blood pressure, the reading consists of two numbers, which represent your systolic and diastolic blood pressures.

Systolic Blood Pressure: This is the highest level your blood pressure reaches when your heart beats.

Diastolic Blood Pressure: This is the lowest level your blood pressure reaches as your heart relaxes between beats.

Source American Heart Association

Alarming Facts of High Blood Pressure in America

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • 75 million American adults have high blood pressure that is 1 in 3 Americans
  • 1 in 3 adults has a condition known as prehypertension (higher than normal blood pressure but not yet in the high blood pressure range)
  • Only about 54% of hypertensive patients have their condition under control
  • High blood pressure is the primary or contributing cause of death for approximately 410,000 American’s a year, that is close to 1100 deaths a day
  • Between 30 and 32% of Texans ages 20 and older have high blood pressure

4 Things You May Not Know About High Blood Pressure

Here are some surprising facts about high blood pressure you may not have heard of:

1. There is a Link Between Hypertension and Dementia

Recent studies show a link between high blood pressure and an increased risk of dementia. The studies showed that having uncontrolled hypertension during midlife (45-65 years old) increased the risk of developing dementia later in life.

2. It’s Not an Old Folks Condition

High blood pressure can affect anyone regardless of age, gender and ethnicity. Statistics show that 1 in 4 men and nearly 1 in 5 women age 35-44 have high blood pressure.

 

3. Hypertension Usually Has No Symptoms

The condition is popularly known as the “silent killer” because it doesn’t always show symptoms like headaches or sweating.

The only sure way to know if you have high blood pressure or not is to have it checked regularly.

 

4. Many People with High Blood Pressure Don’t Know They Have It

The CDC estimates that as many as 11 million American’s suffer from high blood pressure and don’t know it, and as a result, are not being treated.

Tips to Prevent High Blood Pressure

At Altus Emergency Centers we believe preventing illnesses and accidents is the best policy. To reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure you should:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise Regularly
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Reduce sodium (salt) in your diet
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Quit smoking
  • Cut back on caffeine
  • Reduce your stress
  • Monitor your blood pressure regularly
  • Speak to your doctor if you notice your blood pressure is higher than normal

What to Do During a Hypertensive Crisis

A hypertensive crisis or high blood pressure crisis happens when your blood pressure rises quickly and severely with readings of 180/120 or over.

If your blood pressure reaches 180/120 or over and you experience symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, back pain, numbness or weakness, changes in vision, or difficulties speaking, you are experiencing a hypertensive emergency and need to get to the nearest Altus ER Center for immediate medical attention.

 

At Altus Emergency Centers we have the best emergency doctors and registered nurses 24/7, they are trained to work under pressure and save lives. While we advocate for prevention, we are ready to treat hypertensive crisis and other high blood pressure-related medical emergencies.

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!

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, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, 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.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS to ER CARE!

When to Visit the ER vs. Urgent Care

When to Visit the ER vs. Urgent Care

Today, we explore one of our frequently asked questions, when to visit the ER vs. Urgent Care. We are blessed to live in an era where we have options for medical treatment. Before towns were lucky if they had one family doctor to attend all medical emergencies. Today we have emergency rooms and urgent care clinics to choose from.

But, it’s not always easy knowing where to go when an emergency strikes. Let us clarify the difference between ER vs. Urgent Care facilities.

Urgent Care

These centers are designed for patients whose symptoms or injuries are minor and don’t represent a threat to their lives but do require medical attention.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Emergency Room

Emergency rooms are meant for genuine medical emergencies. These centers are equipped to handle trauma, surgical procedures, and other life-threatening situations. They have high-tech diagnostic equipment like x-rays, EKG’s, and ultrasounds.

Hospital ER or Altus Emergency Centers?

How soon you get treated during a medical emergency can mark the difference between a full recovery, or a lifetime of disability or even death.

Therefore, when possible choose to come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for treatment.

We guarantee no long wait times; unlike hospital ER’s where patients sometimes must wait for hours to get seen by a doctor.

The following symptom chart will help you decide if you should go to an Urgent Care center or the ER. Feel free to print and share it, you could save someone’s life.

Symptom Guide – Know Where to Go

TYPE OF ILLNESS OR INJURY

URGENT CARE

EMERGENCY ROOM

Allergies

Mild Allergic Reactions

Severe Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis)

Digestive Tract Issues

  • Mild to Moderate Stomach Flu Symptoms such as Nausea, Vomiting, and Diarrhea.
  • Mild Abdominal Pain
  • Persistent Diarrhea
  • Bloody Stools
  • Vomiting Blood
  • Severe Abdominal Pain
  • All pediatrics with Digestive tract issues

Fever

Fever without a rash

Fever with a rash

Cold and Flu Symptoms

Mild to Moderate Cold or Flu-like Symptoms like Sore Throat, Body Aches

Severe Cold or Flu Symptoms including Trouble Breathing, Respiratory Infections

Cuts and Scrapes

Small Cuts and Scrapes That Might Require Stiches

  • Deep Cuts or Scrapes that: Won’t Stop Bleeding
  • Bone, Cartilage and Other Tissue is Visible
  • Amputation of a Finger, Hand, Arm, Toe, Foot or Leg
  • Facial Lacerations

Sprains, Strains, and Broken Bones

Mild Sprains and Strains

Broken Bones and Dislocated Joints

Burns

  • Superficial Burns
  • Moderate Pain Associated to Burns

2nd, 3rd, and 4th Degree Burns Where Deeper Tissue is Damaged

Ear, Eye, Sinus Infections

Mild Ear or Eye Infections

  • Severe Ear or Eye Infections
  • Sinus Infections

Asthma

Mild to Moderate Asthma Symptoms or Attack

Moderate to Severe Asthma Symptoms or Attack

Urinary Tract Infections

Mild Urinary Tract Infections

  • Severe Urinary Tract Infections
  • Urinating Blood

Insect or Animal Bites

Small Bites that Might Require Stiches and a Tetanus Shot

  • Deep Gashes from an Animal Bite that Might Require Surgery
  • All Human bites

Acute Headaches

Stress Headaches

  • Migraines
  • Cluster Headaches

Eye Injuries

X

Any Eye Injury

Poisoning

X

  • Chemical Poisoning
  • Snake Bites

 

Pregnancy

X

  • Vaginal Bleeding While Pregnant
  • Severe Vaginal Pain

Heart Attack

X

  • Chest Pains
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Shooting Pain Down the Arm
  • Loss of Consciousness

Stroke

X

  • Sudden Onset of Numbness in the Arms or Legs
  • Slurred Speech

Head, Back & Neck Injuries

X

  • Any Injury to the Head, Back or Neck
  • Concussion
  • Loss of Consciousness, Fainting
  • Changes in Mood or Mental State

Seizures

X

Any Type of Seizure

Altus Emergency Centers Locations and Contact Information

Baytown ER

1404 West Baker Road

Baytown, TX 77521

Phone: (281) 628-7300

Lake Jackson ER

200 Oak Drive South

Lake Jackson, TX 77566

Phone: (979) 529-2000

Lumberton ER

137 North LHS Drive

Lumberton, TX 77657

Phone: (409) 755-2273

Waxahachie ER

1791 N. Highway 77

Waxahachie, TX 75165

Phone: (469) 383-7361

Now that you understand when to visit the ER vs. Urgent Care, don’t hesitate.  When in doubt, trust your gut and remember, if the condition is life-threatening, get to the nearest Altus Emergency Center as soon as possible.

Don’t put off going to the emergency room because you’re worried about the costs. We understand your concern but remember, insurance companies are obligated by law to cover emergency treatments. And if the price is still a concern, our Patient Advocate can help you negotiate your medical bills and make them easier to pay off.

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!

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, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, 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.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS to ER CARE!

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