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Honoring Nurses Week 2021

Celebrating Nurses Week 2021

The Heart and Soul of Healthcare

Altus Honors Nurses Week 2021

This week we honor those who have proven to be the heart and soul of our healthcare system our invaluable nurses!

Not to brag, but at Altus Emergency we have some of the most impressive nursing professionals in Texas, we are sure our patients will attest to this.

Nursing has been ranked as one of the most honest and ethical professions for the last 16 years, no other field either in healthcare or otherwise has had this type of recognition, and to us that says a lot about the quality of humans that make up this incredible profession.

Nurses are the closest thing to an angel on Earth that anyone of us will ever encounter, and this Nurses Week we celebrate them and their profession.

President Ronald Regan proclaimed May 6th as National Nurses Day, but, one day is simply not enough to celebrate the amazing work that nurses do each and every day in every medical field, therefore the celebration has now been extended to Nurses Week, starting on May 6th and ending on May 12th Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

A Look Back into Nurses Week From Previous Years

As you can see, at Altus, we have been celebrating Nurses Week since we first opened.  You may recognize some of the smiling faces.  This year, we will be releasing updated photos and videos of our ER Nurses.  The difference may be the PPE gear, the glowing smile underneath will still be the same.  Happy Nurses Week 2021!  Now, let’s explore, why these special ladies and gentlemen deserve our appreciation.  We will overcome the COVID-19, but there will always be battles to fight.  May we never forget to honor these brave individuals on the front lines of healthcare.

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Nurses Can Choose from a Wide Variety of Specialties

Nursing is a special calling.  This Nurses Week 2018, we’d like to acknowledge the training and expertise of nurses.  Nursing has many applications and fields of specialty, including:

  • Emergency Room Nurses – Those who specialize in emergency room care.
  • Pediatric Nurses – Those special angels that take care of our children.
  • Geriatric Nurses – Amazing souls who take care of the elderly.
  • Oncology Nurses – Those supporting nurses who help patients during their cancer treatments.
  • Nurse Anesthetist – These assist surgeons during procedures that require anesthesia.
  • Psychiatric Nurses – They asses and care for patients with psychiatric disorders.
  • Forensic Nurses – These incredible professionals asses victims of violent crimes, they are responsible for evaluating and collecting biologic evidence of criminal cases to be presented in court.
  • Holistic Nurses – They advocate for a more wholesome approach to healing, one that integrates traditional medical care, with spirituality and self-reflection.
  • Home Health Nurses – They work directly in patient’s home, often taking care of the elderly or chronically ill patients who need long-term care.
  • Learning Disability Nurses – And invaluable asset for children and adults who have been diagnosed with a learning disability.
  • Managed Care Nurses – Like home health nurses, managed care nurses work with patients who have a chronic or terminal illness and require specialized care for the rest of their lives.
  • Nurse Midwife – They help bring little bundles of joy into this work, they also assist in pre and post-natal care.
  • Neonatal Nurses – These courageous angels work in the Neonatal (newborn) Intensive Care Unit, caring for very sick or premature babies.
  • Military Nurses – A special shout out to those brave souls that help save the lives of our brave men and women in uniform.
  • School Nurses – We are all grateful to these amazing professionals who help keep our children healthy or nurse them back to health during school hours.
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Thank a Nurse Today!

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are honored and blessed to be able to work side by side with nursing professionals who no matter how stressful the situation, is always willing to share a sincere smile, a few encouraging words, and even a joke or two to lighten up the mood.

They hold our hands and those of our patient’s, they inspire all of us to become better human beings.  They are truly the heart and soul of our organization, and for this, we salute and honor you every day.

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 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.

Preparing for Hurricane Season in 2021

Preparing for Hurricane Season in 2021

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this year, we will potentially have a:

“‘Average’ Atlantic hurricane season to reflect more storms”

In a nutshell, this means that NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has had to hike up the averages based upon the last thirty-year records (1991-2020).

During our new average hurricane season, we could potentially have 14 storms and 7 hurricanes with 3 major hurricanes being a category 3, 4 or 5.  The year 2021 marks the beginning of a new 30-year record.  Considering the trend of stronger hurricane seasons to come, preparing for hurricane season is essential.  Due to the fact that we are still experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s vital to continue to use the same levels of caution as we did last year.

Here is a helpful guide to help you get organized and prepared in case of a hurricane disaster.

Do Not Forget That We are Still in the Middle of a Pandemic

Please keep in mind:  COVID-19 Symptoms, Prevention & Treatments.  Follow all Texas state and local guidelines in order to not only keep yourself safe, but keep others around you safe as well.

  • Keep your hands clean through proper hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer
  • Minimize in-person contact with individuals not within your social bubble
  • Self-screen and stay at home should you experience any of the COVID-19 signs or symptoms
  • See Checklist for individuals

At Altus, We Are Safe, Prepared and Open 24/7 Before, During & After Storms & Hurricanes

When preparing for hurricane season in 2021, it’s equally crucial to know where to go in case of an emergency.  At Altus, we ensure that we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure that we will remain open 24/7 to care for your medical needs even when other medical facilities shut down.

 

We’re OPEN 24/7, Before, During & After the Storm

Prepare Your Home Emergency Supply Kit

Should a hurricane make landfall in our area, roads will be flooded or blocked by debris, power lines, and water supply pipes may be damaged, leaving us no choice but to stay home.

Having an emergency supply kit is essential to survive at home during a disaster.

What to include in your Emergency Supply Kit?

Your supplies should last at least two weeks, and should include:

 

  • Easy to prepare nonperishable food
  • Drinking water, you should have one gallon per person per day
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Disinfectant
  • Soap and other personal hygiene products
  • Hand sanitizer
  • First Aid Kit
  • Copies of personal documents make sure to include a list of medications you are taking and any illnesses or allergies you have
  • Emergency contact numbers of family, friends, and local authorities
  • Emergency blankets
  • Extra cash

Evacuation Emergency Kit

Have an evacuation emergency kit ready in case you need to leave your home. Prepare your go-bag in advance; make sure to include food and water supply to last at least 3-day.

To help protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, make sure you include:

  • Reusable face coverings for everyone in your family, however, these are not recommended for children under age 2
  • Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and other personal hygiene items
  • A change of clothes
  • Emergency blankets
  • A 1-month supply of any prescription medication you take

Medications

If you take any medications, you should speak to your doctor to ensure you have a one-month prescription on hand in case of a disaster. Remember, many pharmacies could be closed, and medications may be hard to find.

Also, prepare to have over the counter medications at home, including cough syrup, pain killers, and fever-reducing drugs.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Updating Your Disaster Plan

You may already have a disaster plan in place from previous years; however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some shelters may no longer be available.

Make sure to contact your local authorities to obtain an updated list of shelters in your area. View find a shelter in Texas.

 

Stay Informed

 

  • Subscribe to weather apps to receive updated weather information.
  • Follow social media accounts of community leaders and agencies to receive emergency alerts
  • Learn the jargon used in emergencies, for example; a “watch” means you should get ready to act; a warning means you should spring into action immediately.

 

Stay or Go

 

If your local authorities recommend evacuation, don’t hesitate. Grab your emergency evacuation kit, gather your family, including your pets and leave.

Make sure you have a list of shelters available in your community or have plans to stay with family or friends outside the affected area.

Make sure you have a planned route for how to get to your safe place that includes alternate routes.

Set a place where you and your family can meet in case everyone is not home at the time of the evacuation.

 

Altus Emergency will always be here for you and your family. We stayed open during hurricane Harvey, tropical storm Imelda, hurricanes Hanna and Laura and we will remain open should another similar disaster impact our 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!

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.

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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, 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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