Preventing Common Thanksgiving Injuries

Preventing Common Thanksgiving Injuries

Thanksgiving is the official start of the Holiday Season. This American holiday is the perfect excuse to spend time with your family and friends.  Let’s take some time to prepare a safe and happy time with our friends and family by preventing common Thanksgiving injuries.

At Altus Emergency Centers we are always looking for ways to keep you and your loved ones safe in whatever you do, whether you are cooking a feast, carving the turkey, or tackling your siblings and friends at the annual family football game, safety is critical!

Injury Prevention Tips

Thanksgiving day is a busy day for the entire family. Having a plan well in advance can help reduce stress levels and prevent accidents.

Here are a few tips to keep you out of our ER’s this Thanksgiving Day!  Please take the time to share them with your friends and family so we may all do our part in preventing common Thanksgiving injuries.

Preventing Injuries in The Kitchen

 

  • Some turkeys are massive, so remember to lift with your legs, not your back!
  • When taking the turkey out of the oven, make sure you have cleared a space to place it, so you don’t have to scramble with a hot turkey pan while you find a place to set it
  • Keep pot handles away from the edge of the stove to prevent accidentally knocking pots over
  • Use potholders when checking the turkey and only grab pots and pans by their handles
  • Keep a fire extinguisher close to the kitchen just in case something catches fire
Preventing Common Thanksgiving Injuries in the Kitchen

Preventing Sports Injuries

 

If part of your Thanksgiving tradition involves a friendly game of flag football, then you need to be extra careful.

In the best-case scenario, you will end up a little sore from the physical exertion; in the worst case you could end up in one of our ER’s with an ankle injury, a hand or knee sprain, or even a broken bone. To prevent this, it’s a good idea to:

  • Start working out before your annual game; even some gentle physical activity can prepare your body and help prevent injuries
  • Avoid tackle football, instead convince your playmates to go for a friendly game of tag or flag football
  • Wear appropriate clothes and shoes
  • Warm-up with some jumping jacks, a little jog, and always remember to stretch before and after a workout
  • Don’t play sports if you have been drinking
  • If you feel pain, stop playing. If the pain is severe come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for evaluation
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Preventing Carving Injuries

 

These simple knife tips will help keep all your fingers intact this year:

  • Focus on what you are doing don’t let anyone distract you while slicing food
  • Don’t rush, take your time while carving the turkey, or ham. Also don’t hurry your knife work when you are preparing the dishes
  • Make sure your knife is sharp, most accidents happen when using blunt or dull knives
  • Place the cutting board or plate on a non-slip surface to anchor it. Never try carving a turkey on a slippery surface
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Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Preventing Alcohol-Related Injuries

 

It’s okay to want to have a good time in the company of friends and family, but remember to drink responsibly.

  • If you are taking any medications, speak to your doctor to see if there could be any negative side-effects from mixing your meds with alcohol
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Drunk driving accidents peak during the Holiday Season – protect yourself and plan ahead
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Altus Emergency Centers would like to remind you that you are the reason someone is thankful this year. Do everyone a favor, and stay safe this Thanksgiving, this way we can all have even more to be grateful for!

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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, 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!

Has the Flu Season 2019 Hit Yet?

Has the Flu Hit Yet?

It’s that time of year again when the sniffling, coughing, and body aching of flu symptoms reappear.

While the common cold will make us miserable for a few days, the dangers associated with the influenza virus are a reason for concern to us all.  With flu season 2019 potentially right at our doorstep, here are tips that will come in handy to prevent the spread of influenza as well as knowing the warning signs of something more dangerous.

2018-2019 Flu Season by the Numbers

The CDC’s estimates for the last flu season, which span from October 1st, 2018 through May 4th, 2019, were more alarming than authorities initially estimated.

According to the CDC’s report:

  • Total flu cases ranged between 37.4 million to 42.9 million
  • There were 17.3 million to 20.1 million flu-related doctor visits
  • The flu resulted in 531,000 to 647,000 hospitalizations
  • Flu-related deaths were between 36,400 and 61,200

According to the latest report issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services, between September 30th, 2018, and September 26th, 2019, there were a total of 10,020 flu-related deaths in our state.

What Can We Expect For This Year’s Flu Season?

Every year medical researchers try to reduce the severity of the flu season in attempting to forecast and track the flu virus. Efforts are also made to predict which strands of the virus will be more frequent and develop vaccines to target those viruses.

However, despite everyone’s best intentions, the influenza virus is unpredictable, which means nobody knows for sure how severe this flu season will be.

Therefore, the best we can do is to protect ourselves as best we can.

Tips To Help You Protect Yourself From the Influenza Virus

Your best defense against the flu will always be to get your flu shot every year. Every year a new vaccine is released to help protect against the strains of flu experts feel will be most likely to be circulating that season.

In some cases, the vaccine may not prevent you from getting sick with the flu, but it will help to reduce the severity of the illness.

Additionally to getting vaccinated, you can protect yourself by:

  • Avoid being around people who are sick. If you are the person who is ill, do everyone a favor and stay home
  • Always cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • Regularly disinfect surfaces, especially those in high-traffic areas
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent germs from entering your system
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle that includes eating healthy meals, getting plenty of sleep, staying hydrated and active

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Risk Factors and Complications from the Flu

Over-the-counter medicines just treat symptoms. Prescription medication like Tami flu or Xofluza is only helpful if taken within 48 hrs. of first symptoms.  They are a good aid in addition to rest and taking in fluids.  An influenza virus left untreated may escalate into complications from the flu which can be dangerous.

Some people have a higher risk of developing complications from the flu, including:

  • Infants and small children
  • Pregnant Women
  • Adults over the age of 65
  • Anyone with a weakened immune system

Complications from the flu range from mild to life-threatening and include:

  • Pneumonia
  • Sinus infections
  • Ear infections
  • Dehydration
  • Inflammation of the heart or brain
  • Inflammation of the muscles
  • Organ failure
  • Death

When to Go to the ER

Anyone who is a high-risk patient should contact their primary care doctor when they suspect they have the flu. Your doctor can monitor your symptoms and prescribe treatment to prevent complications.

Regardless of risk factor, anyone who develops the following symptoms should come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for treatment:

  • Persistent fever of 103°F or higher
  • Trouble breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Uncontrollable vomiting

Additionally, children should be brought to our pediatric emergency ward if they:

  • Are breathing fast or have trouble breathing without physical exertion
  • Have a fever with a rash
  • Their fingers, lips, or skin turns bluish
  • Are drinking minimal amount of liquid
  • Are unresponsive

Altus Emergency Centers are always ready to treat any medical emergency, including complications from the flu.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, don’t delay, seek immediate treatment at any of our facilities.

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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, 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!

The Keys To Healthy Lungs

The Keys To Healthy Lungs

November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month. And we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share with you some tips on how you can keep your respiratory system in tip-top shape.   Learn the keys to healthy lungs to help prevent COPD and know the signs of alert to head for your nearest ER.

How Common is Lung Disease?

Unfortunately, lung disease is more common than any of us would like, according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion:

  • More than 25 million people in America have asthma
  • Approximately 14.8 million adults are living with a diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • About 12 million adults have COPD but don’t know it yet

What is COPD?

The COPD Foundation defines COPD as an umbrella term that engulfs several progressive non-curable lung diseases characterized by increasing breathlessness.

COPD includes illnesses such as:

  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Refractory (non-reversible) Asthma

While there is currently no cure for COPD, early diagnosis and treatment can help manage symptoms.

Symptoms of COPD

Symptoms of COPD vary from patient to another, but some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Increased shortness of breath
  • Frequent coughing (with and without mucus)
  • Increased breathlessness
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest

How You Can Help Lungs Stay Healthy

It’s easy to take our lungs for granted; after all, we only focus on our breathing when we have trouble with it.

Although our bodies have natural defenses to protect our lungs, we also have to do our part and avoid certain behaviors and situations to our risk of developing lung disease.

Tip # 1 Step Away From The Cigarettes

You probably already know that smoking is bad for your health.  But did you know that one of the leading causes of lung cancer and COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is cigarette smoke?

Here is how smoking affects your lungs:

  • It narrows the air passages which makes breathing harder
  • Cigarette smoke causes chronic inflammation in the lungs which over time can lead to chronic bronchitis
  • Smoking eventually destroys lung tissue and may lead to lung cancer

If you smoke, it’s never too late to quit. Even if you have been a smoker for years or decades, your lungs will still benefit if you stopped today.

When you are ready to stop smoking, the American Lung Association has a lot of resources available to help you quit. 

Tip # 2 Beware of Air Pollutants

The air quality we breathe is essential for healthy lungs. When we think of unhealthy air, the first thing that springs to mind is car exhaust fumes. But there are a lot of other contaminants which can come from manufacturing plants, heavy construction equipment, second-hand smoke, and even natural sources such as fires and dust.

Chemicals within your home can also lower the quality of the air you breathe inside your house. Smoking indoors also affects the quality of air.

To help prevent lung problems, pay attention to the air quality around your home and workplace. There are many applications which can alert you when the air quality outside is less than ideal, consider downloading one of these onto your phone.

If the air quality is bad avoid exercising outdoors, and in general try to stay indoors in a controlled climate as much as possible during those days.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Tip # 3 Prevent Infections

Respiratory infections can sometimes turn into something more serious. To prevent complications, remember to:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based solution
  • Avoid crowds during flu season
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day to get rid of harmful bacteria in your mouth that could cause an infection
  • Get vaccinated against the flu every year. Also ask your doctor if the pneumonia vaccine is right for you
  • If you have a cold or the flu, stay home!

Tip # 5 Exercise to Strengthen Your Lungs

Regular moderate exercise will help to increase your lung capacity and keep them strong and healthy.

When we are physically active our muscles require more oxygen; this means our heart and lungs need to work harder to supply that extra oxygen. As your fitness levels improve, so will your lung capacity.

When To Go To the ER

Having trouble breathing is a red flag that something isn’t right. If your breathing problems are severe enough to disrupt your daily activities, call 911 or have someone drive you to the nearest Altus Emergency Center immediately.

Make sure to visit our ER if:

  • You have sudden breathing problems
  • Your breathing difficulties develop alongside chest pain, nausea or vomiting, and feeling faint
  • Your breathing problems are due to a chronic illness such as asthma, COPD, and your regular medications aren’t working
  • You notice your lips or fingers turning blue
  • You have difficulty breathing while lying down

 

Altus Emergency Centers are open 24/7 every day of the year including holidays. If you have trouble breathing, don’t wait, we are always here to help you breathe comfortably again.

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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!

Altus Baytown ER Imaging Service Expansion

Altus Baytown ER Expands It’s Imaging Services

For many years residents of Baytown have known about the outstanding emergency services provided by Altus Baytown ER.

Announcing, Altus Baytown ER Imaging Service Expansion.  Our recent strategic partnership with Altus Baytown Hospital has opened the doors for us to expand our services, including the acceptance of Medicare patients.

Our goal is to provide a more comprehensive range of services that benefit the entire community of Baytown, not only those experiencing a medical emergency.

Therefore, today, we are pleased to announce that, as of right now, our imaging center can accept outpatient referrals. Our service is available to anyone at any time, including after-hours and weekends.  The following are details of the all-new Altus Baytown ER imaging service expansion.

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Our Baytown Imaging Services Expansion Include: CT Scan, X-Rays, and Ultrasound

We have furnished our imaging center with the most technologically advanced diagnostic imaging equipment to provide fast and accurate results.

CT Scan

CT Scan or CAT Scans provide detailed images of the soft tissue, bones, and blood vessels of the body, allowing physicians to diagnose illnesses such as cancer and heart disease as well as internal injuries caused by trauma.

 

Common Reasons to Get a CT Scan

Physicians may request a CT Scan to:

  • Diagnosing Infectious Diseases
  • Diagnose Muscle Disorders
  • Evaluate Bone Fractures
  • Locate Tumors and Other Masses
  • Evaluate The Health of Blood Vessels and Other Internal Structures
  • Assess Internal Injuries and Internal Bleeding
  • Diagnose Heart Disease

X-Rays

X-Rays produce black and white images of the internal structures of the body. For the most part X-rays are used to evaluate broken bones and other skeletal problems such as the damaged caused by arthritis.

However, doctors may request X-rays for a wide range of reasons, including diagnosing:

  • Infections Including Respiratory Infections
  • Broken Bones
  • Perforations in the Stomach or Intestine
  • Diagnose Kidney, Bladder, and Gallstones
  • Blocked Blood Vessels
  • Enlarged Heart
  • Locate Swallowed Items
  • Diagnose Hirschsprung Disease in Children (A condition causing a blockage of the large intestine).

How Can You Access Our Imaging Services

As an outpatient facility of Altus Baytown Hospital, we can assist any patient with their imaging needs, provided they have a referral from their doctor.

If your primary care physician requests you get a CT Scan, X-ray, or an Ultrasound, let them know you wish to have these done at our facility because of:

  • The facility for time given that we work 24/7 every day of the week, including weekends,
  • Central location,
  • Convenient parking
  • Excellent customer service.

For your convenience, we work with all major insurance companies including Medicare. Additionally, our team of physicians, nurses, and radiology technicians rank amongst the best in the area, so you can rest assured you are in the most qualified hands.

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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 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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We’re proud of our top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts, who are here prepped and ready to help save your life 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, 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.

Dr. Suchmor Thomas, Altus Lake Jackson ER Medical Director

Introducing Dr. Suchmor Thomas, MD. 

Lake Jackson’s New Medical Director

We are pleased to introduce Dr. Suchmor Thomas, MD, the new medical director for our Lake Jackson center.

For years, Altus Emergency Center Lake Jackson has been an intricate part of the community. We continuously try to improve the lives of the members of our community by partnering with various organizations.

Our goal has always been to provide the best care for our patients and to help advance our tightknit community.

We feel our recent changes in how we staff our Emergency Centers speaks volumes as to how much we want to make a difference in the lives of patients.

Direct Staffing

A few months back, Altus Emergency Centers made the bold decision to directly hire all the doctors that would work in our ER centers.

There were several reasons for this decision:

We understood that many of you had billing issues with the previous group. We now have more control from the billing. Our billing team located in the facility will now be taking care of the physicians’ bills.

We have better control to select the physicians we want working at the facility giving us more access to pick the best in the area.

We believe we have successfully accomplished all these goals. There are, however, a few issues we are dealing with, mostly regarding billing for services before our direct staffing took place.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Patient Advocate Can Help With Your Billing Issues

If you have questions regarding billing, especially for physician fees for services in our ER before June of 2019, please contact our Patient Advocate.

Our team of experts will work tirelessly to lower the amount of your bill. Additionally, they can help create a personalized payment plan that adjusts to your financial needs.

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The Importance of Having an Experienced ER Doctor in Charge

Dr. Suchmor Thomas has vast experience working in the ER, which is one of the reasons we chose him for the position of medical director.

Working as an ER doctor requires much preparation, nerves of steel, as well as passion and dedication. ER physicians need to be able to make split-second life-saving decisions; this requires not only knowledge, excellent communication skills, and confidence.

All physicians working in our emergency centers have these qualities, which is why we knew our medical director must also have them. The choice to hire Dr. Thomas as our medical director came as a result of his preparation, excellent performance, and the respect he has earned from his peers in our ER.

We stole a few precious minutes out of the busy day of Dr. Thomas to get to know him better. We think he is a terrific individual and a gifted physician, but don’t take our word for it, read on to get to know him better.

Dr. Suchmor Thomas discusses the importance of time in an emergency

Q: Dr. Suchmor Thomas, you have an unusual name, where are you from?

A: Dr. Thomas

I am from a small village in India called Cochin.

 

Q: What did you first want to be when you grew up?

A: Dr. Thomas

I always wanted to be a physician. We had one physician in my area. Who took care of everyone in our village from the cradle to the grave. He never minded what time we woke him up, he was always there, with a smile on his face, ready to help us, just like anyone at Altus family.

 

Q: Did you have a nickname growing up?

A: Dr. Thomas

“Sachin” – My parents and relatives call me that.

Q: What do you do when you are not working? Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

A: Dr. Thomas

I love networking, meeting people. I also enjoy traveling and hiking.

Q: What’s a fun fact about you many people may not know?

A: Dr. Thomas

I am always ready to party!

Q: How would you describe yourself?

A: Dr. Thomas

I think of myself as fun-loving, easy to get along with, and I always try to have a smile.

 

Q: Fill in the blank:  I really love________

A: Dr. Thomas

“People.”

Q: We know you are a very family-oriented individual, tell us a little about your family, Dr. Suchmor Thomas.

A: Dr. Thomas

Yes, my family is very important to me, my wife’s name is Angela, we have four amazing kids:  Ben – 16 year old boy, Anna – 9 year old girl, and Isabella – 7 year old girl.

 

Q: Let’s talk about your credentials, what can you tell us about your studies and any specialties.

A: Dr. Thomas

I boarded in family medicine. However, I’ve worked in Emergency Medicine since my graduation in 2007.

 

Q: Why did you decide to go into emergency medicine?

A: Dr. Thomas

I love taking care of patients when they need the most when you have to make the most critical care decision for the patients. When every second, every minute count.

 

Q: Who has been your most significant influence or your mentor?

A: Dr. Thomas

The local physician from the village where I grew up, as I mentioned before he was always available to help.

 

Q: What is your most significant achievement to date – personal or professional?

A: Dr. Thomas

To be a husband, father, and physician.

 

Q: What is your motto or personal mantra?

A: Dr. Thomas

Help everyone, every time. Patients come first.

 

Q: How did you first hear about Altus Emergency?

A: Dr. Thomas

I heard about Altus Emergency the old fashion way, coworkers.

 

Q: What is your management style? How do you like to communicate with your team?

A: Dr. Thomas

Open communication is the best policy.

 

Q: How would you describe your bedside manner?

A: Dr. Thomas

I always like to shake hands, sit down, listen to patients and their family members.

 

Q: What is a typical day like?

A: Dr. Thomas

No two days are the same, but what I can assure is days in the ER are usually busy.

 

Q: How would you describe the company culture here?

A: Dr. Thomas

It’s a family.

 

Q: What do you love most about working with Altus Emergency?

A: Dr. Thomas

I love everyone at Altus. It’s like one big family away from family. They always take care of us. Never miss home when you are at Altus. I also love the teamwork, I can honestly say we have an awesome staff.

 

Q: What advice would you give to recent new staff?

A: Dr. Thomas

Be part of the team, always willing to help, go above and beyond.

 

We are thrilled to have Dr. Suchmor Thomas as the new medical director for our Lake Jackson facility. We know his expertise will contribute to further our mission of providing quality emergency care to the Lake Jackson community.

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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!

Deer Hunting Season Safety Tips

Deer Hunting Season Safety Tips

According to the latest Texas Parks and Wildlife hunting incident analysis, the number of hunting accidents across the state has significantly decreased since the hunter education program became mandatory in 1988.

Last year, there were 17 reported hunting accidents involving either a firearm or a bow, three being fatal and 14 non-fatal.  There were another 4 non-firearm/bow hunting-related incidents, with one being fatal and three non-fatal. That means that out of the 21 incidents a total of four resulted in death. Sadly, all of these incidents were easily preventable, had the hunters followed correct hunting protocols.

This weekend marks the start of the general deer hunting season for white-tailed deer, while mule deer hunting season will commence on November 23rd. The staff of Altus Emergency Centers is all too familiar with hunting-related accidents, which is why we would like to remind the members of our communities how easy it is to avoid incidents by just following these safety tips.

Scroll to read the official Deer Hunting Safety Tips from the Texas Department of State Health Services as well as from Altus Emergency.

DSHS reminds Texans engaged in outdoor activities to take safety precautions

Deer Hunting Safety Tips from DSHS.  As deer hunting season begins, the Texas Department of State Health Services reminds Texans to take precautions to protect themselves from serious diseases transmitted by animals.

This summer 20 animals and one person in southwestern Texas contracted anthrax, a life-threatening disease caused by naturally occurring bacteria present in the soil worldwide. Animals can get the disease by swallowing anthrax spores while grazing, and people can get anthrax by handling infected animals or eating their meat. Rabies and brucellosis can also be passed to people through direct contact with live or dead animals so use protective gear when handling animal carcasses.

Hunters, hikers, and campers should use insect repellant to avoid bites. Mosquitoes and ticks are still active in the fall and can transmit West Nile virus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease and a variety of other diseases that require prompt treatment to avoid potentially devastating complications. Infections such as plague and typhus are spread by fleas, often carried by rodents and other animals.

Tularemia and hantavirus are spread by direct contact with infected rodents or their droppings. “You can become infected by inhaling dust that contains hantavirus,” said Dr. Tom Sidwa, manager of DSHS’s Zoonosis Control Branch. “Wear a mask and follow other CDC guidelines when cleaning up after rodents, especially for heavy infestations in cabins, sheds, hunting blinds or barns.”

DSHS recommends the following precautions to minimize the risk of contracting diseases that are transmitted by wildlife:

  • Use an effective insect repellent and follow package directions carefully. Those containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, and 2-undecanone provide longer lasting protection.
  • Stay on trails and avoid areas of overgrown brush and tall grasses.
  • Do not touch dead animals you find or their remains, including antlers, bones, and hides.
  • Wear latex-type gloves when dressing game.
  • Wear eye protection when dressing game to prevent fluids or tissues from splashing into your eyes. Shooting glasses provide an acceptable level of eye protection in most cases.
  • Avoid eating, drinking, using tobacco, or rubbing your eyes while dressing game.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling game. If soap is not available, rinse thoroughly with water and then apply an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cook all game meats thoroughly. Do not give raw scraps to your pets.
  • Wear protective clothing such as a hat, long-sleeved shirt, and long pants tucked into boots or socks and check frequently for ticks.

Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts can find additional information about diseases that can spread from animals to people at DSHTexas.gov.

Enjoy Deer Hunting Season the Safe Way

The following are additional deer hunting safety tips from Altus Emergency:

  • Make Yourself Visible: Texas law requires that all hunters on public hunting lands wear at least 400 square inches of hunter orange material, of which 144 must be on the chest and back areas, orange headgear is also mandatory. Avoid using colors and patterns that blend with your surroundings.
  • Always Point the Muzzle in a safe direction: Never rest the muzzle on your foot, always point the muzzle in a safe direction. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire and never fire your hunting weapon unless you are sure your target is an actual deer.
  • Assume Every Gun is Loaded: Whenever you up a firearm point the muzzle in a safe direction and check if it is loaded. Be sure the chamber and the magazine are empty, and the action is open until ready to fire. Always have the safety on until you are ready to fire.
  • Identify your Target and Know what is In Front of and Beyond It: Use binoculars to properly identify game animals, never use your scope to identify them. Make sure there are no hunters or dogs in front of or beyond your target. Never shoot at an animal is on top of a hillside since you don’t know what lies beyond it. Understand how far your bullets or arrows can travel to determine the chances of hitting an unintended target.
  • Never Shoot at Flat Hard Surfaces: Bullets ricocheting off rocks, the ground and unbelievably even water can cause terrible injuries to people nearby.
  • Handle Firearms and Bows Carefully: Guns and hunting bows are not toys, never leave weapons unattended around children, always unload firearms and unstring bows when not in use. Store and transport firearms and ammunition separately, make sure they are under lock and key. Carry arrows in a protective cover or quiver.
  • Know Your Safe Zone: Hunters should be spaced 25 to 40 yards apart and always in sight of one another. A hunter’s safe zone of fire normally spans about 45 degrees in front them, but, the hunting party should make the final determination based on how experienced the hunters are. For safety purposes, there should be no more than 3 hunters in a party, for young or inexperienced hunters 2 is preferable.
  • Don’t Drink Alcohol or Take Drugs When Hunting: The use of alcohol and drugs impairs physical and mental abilities, they affect emotions, judgment, vision, and reflexes, increasing the chances of injury.
  • Be Careful When Using a Tree Stand: Always use a full-body safety harness when climbing up or down the tree stands, don’t remove it until you are safely down from it. Use your own tree stand and make sure it is installed properly.
  • Keep Your Loyal Companion Safe:  Make sure that you equip your pet with proper deer hunting gear and train them accordingly to keep them safe.

While we are happy to welcome deer hunting season, we hope that all heed these deer hunting safety tips to enjoy safely.

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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!

4th Annual Trunk or Treat Lumberton

4th Annual Trunk or Treat Lumberton

It was a record-breaking event at the Truck or Treat Lumberton 2019.  We had literally thousands pass through and enjoy a safe and fun time trick-or-treating at the Altus Emergency Center Halloween bash that has become one of the biggest trunk or treats in Southeast Texas.  With its fourth year running, this Trunk or Treat has become a traditional staple in Lumberton and its surrounding communities.  The event included a grand prize for the Best Decorated Trunk, music by DJ Rayman, photo booths, local Southeast Texas vendors and tons of free candy all in a safe well-lit parking lot.

Thank you to everyone who came together to help make the 4th Annual Trunk or Treat Lumberton a huge success!  Check out the event photos posted below.

Congratulations to the Winner!

Congratulations to Family Dental Care, the winner of the best decorated trunk.  Their Hocus Pocus theme won them the prize of a $100 gift card.  Keep scrolling to view the photo booth photos!

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Highlights from the 4th Annual Trunk or Treat Lumberton

Feast your eyes, you’re in for a great surprise! The creativity of these wonderful folks is quite amazing as there were no two costumes alike!  Take a peek and see if you find someone you know hidden beneath that makeup and masks.  Enjoy our collection of photos and video of the 4th Annual Trunk or Treat Lumberton.

Trunk or Treat Lumberton Photobooth Fun!

It was wonderful to see some many familiar faces and new ones!  Please feel free to click on the More Photobooth Fun button for a full listing of all photos and animated gifs.

The photobooth was a hit! Enjoy highlights of the biggest free Halloween event in Hardin county.  If you missed this year’s event, no worries.  We hope to see you next year!

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See You Again Next Year!

Once again, we’d love to thank everyone, our fabulous Altus ER staff, vendors and of course, the trick-or-treaters for helping make this event such a huge success.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are all about safe fun for everyone. It is a pleasure to be a part of our a wonderful tradition bringing a safe, fun and happy Halloween to everyone.  Remember that we are here as well to care for you during an emergency, 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, 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!

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