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Pediatric Emergencies

Pediatric Emergencies

As parents, one of our biggest fears is that one of our kids will suffer an injury or illness that will require a trip to the emergency room. 

But no matter how well we care for our children, accidents happen every day, and it’s comforting to know that the Altus Emergency staff is ready to provide the best care for your child.

Top Reasons Children Visit our ER

Every year around 30 million children under the age of 18 visit the ER. Luckily, close to 97% of patients receive treatment and are released the same day.  

 

Here are the top reasons why children end up in the emergency room:

 

Upper Respiratory Infections

The upper respiratory system involves the nose, throat, and trachea. The most frequent cases we see relate to sinus infections, laryngitis, and tonsillitis. 

 

Lower Respiratory Infections

Lower respiratory infections affect the bronchi, bronchioles, and alveoli, which make up the lungs. Two of the most common lower respiratory tract infections in children are pneumonia and bronchitis. If you notice your child is having trouble breathing, don’t delay; rush to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for treatment.

 

Ear Infections

Otitis Media is a common infection in children caused by either viruses or bacteria. The infection happens behind the eardrum, so it’s not visible with an external inspection of the ear. 

Fever and ear pain are common signs of otitis media; babies are often unusually fuzzy, especially when lying down when they have an ear infection.

Sprains and Strains

These types of injuries are common among active teens who play sports. Sprains happen when a ligament is torn or overstretched, usually due to a fall or a direct hit to the body. Sprains typically affect the knees, ankles, and wrists.

Strains, on the other hand, are pulls or tears to a muscle or tendon. This type of injury can result from a sudden movement or overuse of a muscle or tendon.

 

Open Wounds to The Extremities

Cuts and lacerations can happen in any part of the body, but they are more frequent in the arms and legs.

Depending on the injured area and the severity of the wound, there may be a great deal of bleeding. Head to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if your child has an injury that won’t stop bleeding or the cut is deep enough to warrant stitches.

 

Fever

You can treat a mild fever at home with age-appropriate fever medications. However, persistent or very high fevers are often indicators of a more severe infection.

Concerns over a fever vary depending on the age of your child

  • Infants under three months: You should visit our ER if their fever reaches 100.4 degrees or if they show any of these signs: trouble breathing, difficulty waking up to feed or not feeding, inconsolable crying, rash, or vomiting.
  • Babies three months to three years: An ER visit is necessary if they have a higher fever over 102.2 degrees, or when the following symptoms accompany their fever: trouble breathing, difficulty waking up, unusually fuzzy or inconsolable, not feeding or eating, not urinating, rash, or they are unable to keep fluids down
  • Children three years and older: A trip to our ER may be necessary if they have a high fever over 102 degrees lasting two or more days, or when any of the following symptoms accompany the fever: abdominal pain, unable to keep fluids down, trouble breathing or swallowing, does not urinate or has a burning sensation while urinating, not eating, rash, stiff neck

 

Bone Fractures

During play, children may fall and break a bone. The bones in the arm tend to suffer the most fractures, but childhood fractures could also happen in other areas, such as the collar bone, leg, foot, and ankle.

Bone fractures are painful and need to be set right by a doctor for them to heal correctly. If you suspect your child may have a broken bone, don’t delay; bring them to our nearest ER for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

When to Take Your Child to the ER

Pediatric emergencies are time-sensitive; the sooner your child gets care, the better their chances of making a full recovery.

Call 911 or bring your child to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if you notice any of the following symptoms:

 

  • Chocking
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Possible poisoning 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Head injury
  • Injury to the neck or spine
  • Seizures 
  • Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) 
  • Severe burn

 

At Altus Emergency Centers, we care for your child as if they were our own because we view all our patients like family.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to aid you 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.

Traffic Safety Awareness

Traffic Safety Awareness – Respect and Share the Road

Traffic safety: It’s the difference between life and death.

One of the biggest problems society faces today is coexisting, this problem goes beyond the work place, or family life, it also extends to our roads. Most injuries resulting from car accidents were completely preventable using proper traffic safety. Let’s learn to respect and share the road!
According to the World Health Organization

“About 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 29 years.”

Learning to share the road with cyclists, pedestrians, and other car drivers, is the first step in making our commutes safer and more enjoyable. Traffic safety is not a choice, it saves lives and it’s the law.

With the roads full of parents and children on their way to and from school, it’s particularly important to pay special attention to traffic safety. Altus Emergency Centers urges you to respect traffic signals and speed limits. We are all responsible for making our roads safer, with a little common sense a little courtesy and following the rules, we can all do our part in preventing accidents, whether you are driving a car or motorcycle, are out bicycling, walking, or running be aware of your surroundings and respect your fellow travelers.

Traffic Safety Tips for Pedestrians

  • Never Assume a Driver Has Seen You:  Be aware of cars turning into or getting out of driveways, or parking spaces. Stop, and make sure the driver has seen you before continuing. Also, when you are crossing a street or intersection, make eye contact with the drivers to be sure they have seen you.
  • Use the Sidewalks:  Sidewalks are roads for pedestrians, use them, they are there for your safety. If there are no sidewalks available, always walk facing traffic, and take extra precautions when walking around curves in the road, as visibility for motorist is limited and they may not see you.
  • Use Crosswalks:  If you need to cross a street or intersection, look for a crosswalk, if there none, keep in mind that as a pedestrian, you must yield to all other traffic when crossing, make sure you are crossing in a well-lit area with good visibility.
  • Be Alert:  These days it’s easy for us to become distracted by our mobile devices; these distractions are responsible many accidents. Keep your eyes on the road as you walk or run, if you are listening to music, make sure the volume allows you to still hear what is going on around you.
  • Make Yourself Visible:  This is especially important at night; if you plan to go for a walk, jog, or a run, at night make sure you wear light colored, reflective clothing.
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Traffic Safety Tips for Drivers

  • End Distracted Driving.  According to the CDC 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in distracted driving caused crashes. Distracted driving is when the conductor becomes distracted from driving. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 1 in 5 vehicle accidents is caused by driver distraction. Distractions can be: tending to children, eating, searching for something within the car, arguing, talking on the phone and texting. Fortunately, as of September 1st, 2017, texting and driving in Texas illegal.
  • Obey Speed Limits: We understand the need to be on time, and we even understand the thrill of fast driving, but speed limits are in place to safeguard all who travel on that road. Did you know that a pedestrian hit by a car going 40 mph has an 85% chance of being killed, while the risk at 20 mph is only 5%?
  • Expect and look for Pedestrians, Runners, Cyclists, and Motorcycles: Some roads prohibit pedestrians and cyclist but there is still a chance you will encounter one. Drive with the mindset that there might be others on the road, look out for them and respect their space.
  • Respect All Traffic Signals: Come to a complete stop when you encounter a stop sign or red light. Signal your turns and look both ways when changing lanes.
  • Respect Cyclists:  Cyclists cannot ride on sidewalks, they must do so on the road, this means they have the same responsibilities and rights as motorcar drivers. When passing a cyclist always give them at least 3 feet for safety, never honk as you approach them, as this may startle them and cause an accident. Before you open your door make sure there are no cyclists coming that can crash against your door.
  • Never Drive Under the Influence or When Overly Tired: Impaired driving is the leading cause of traffic accidents, if you have been drinking alcohol, have taken any drugs, prescription or otherwise, that can impair your driving, or are exhausted for any reason, do everyone a favor, and call a cab or opt for public transportation.
  • Be a Defensive Driver.  Remember that many drivers DO NOT practice proper traffic safety.  By staying alert to other drivers, you may avoid an accident.  Do not fall into road rage, this can only aggravate the problem.
  • Be Aware of Weather Dangers.  Make sure that your vehicle is rain-ready.  Keep in mind that during a rainstorm you could stand to lose two-thirds of your traction.  With this in mind, please driver slower, two-thirds slower could be a good rule to follow.   Appy the three-second rule during moments of poor visibility to allow yourself a safe stopping distance.

Traffic Safety Tips for Cyclists

  • Follow the Rules of the Road:  As we mentioned before, cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers. So, respect traffic signals, come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights; keep as far right in your lane as you deem safe but avoid riding on the extreme right edge of the road.
  • Be Visible:  Wear bright colored clothes during the day, reflective gear at night, and always ride with lights at night.
  • Be Predictable:  Ride in a straight, predictable manner, avoid unnecessary swerving and sudden stops. Look ahead to spot drains, potholes, or debris on the road, this will give you time to go around them safely.
  • Signal Your Turns:  Use proper hand signals ahead of time to alert other drivers where you are going. Look, signal and look back again when you turn or change lanes.
  • Wear a Helmet:  Helmets only work if worn correctly, make sure your helmet is level and not tilted up, down or to the side. The chin strap should be snug and properly buckled.

COMMON TRAFFIC INJURIES

Turning Your Back on Traffic Safety: The Possible Consequences

A vehicle is not only a means of transportation; it can also be a dangerous weapon. The following are the most common types of traffic injuries:

 

  • Head Injuries:  These can range from contusions, brain lacerations to hemorrhage. As the brain injury is the #1 cause for mortality in accidents, a CT Scan is recommended to get a real assessment of the degree of injury.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries:  These can range from mild to severe cases that may result in disability.
  • Neck Injuries ranging from mild to severe
  • Chest and Airway Injuries
  • Lower Back Injuries
  • Abdominal and Pelvic Injuries
  • Spinal Prolapsed, Slipped or Herniated Discs
  • Shoulder and Arm Injuries
  • Seatbelt Injuries, which can include damage to the shoulder, stomach, chest, ribs, neck, hips.
  • Bone Fractures of all Types
  • Damage to the Heart and Heart Attacks.

What Can Happen in an Accident?

Each time that you’re behind the wheel, you put your life and others’ in your own hands. In order to drive home the urgency of traffic safety, the following is a detailed account of the most common traffic injuries per accident:

  • Frontal Collisions: On frontal collisions fracture/dislocation of the ankles, knee or hip dislocations and femoral fractures. Depending on the severity, head, cervical and spine injuries are common as well.
  • Lateral Collisions:  Compressive pelvic injuries, pulmonary contusion, intra-abdominal solid organ injury and diaphragmatic rupture are common.
  • Rear Collisions:  Cervical spinal injuries are common.
  • Cyclists & Motorcyclists:  Head injuries and fractures of the lower extremities.
  • Pedestrians: Depending on the type of impact bumper, windscreen or ground, the following may occur: lower limb injuries, which can include everything ranging from gashes to fractures, torso, head and spinal injuries.

Source: WorldWideWounds

Let us make a pledge to learn to coexist on our roads, respecting traffic safety laws and our fellow travelers.

Spread the Knowledge to Help Save Lives

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Don’t Put Anyone at Risk! Practice Good Traffic Safety.

A traffic accident can range from minor to major injuries.  In many cases, the risk of a more serious injury to the brain or internal organs cannot be determined without having the correct medical equipment that will not be available at urgent care centers or clinics.  This is not the time to wait in line for hours or drive long distances to receive ER care.  Give yourself the best possibility to get well.  If you or someone you know are in a traffic accident visit your nearest Altus Emergency Center immediately.

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

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Preventing Car Heatstroke Accidents

Preventing Car Heatstroke Accidents

In Texas we strive to be number one in everything we do, although this is usually a good thing, there are some instances where it is not. In fact, there is one thing we should try to be last in, and that is infant car heatstroke deaths.

Sadly, in the state of Texas, more kids die in hot cars than in any other state in the country according to noheatstroke.org.

The hardest thing to accept about these tragedies is that all these deaths were preventable. We are not trying to place blame on anyone, even the best of parents and caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping child inside a car, causing injuries or death.

What we would like to do, is provide parents and caregivers with facts and tips to help avoid these unfortunate accidents. In May we celebrated National Sun Safety Week, which marks the beginning of summer.  Instead of posting tips to enjoy your time in the sun safely, we would like to dedicate this article to preventing car heatstroke accidents so that all families can enjoy the summer months safely.

Preventing Car Heatstroke Accidents

Did You Know?

  • – Car interiors heat up faster than we think, with temperatures reaching 125°F in minutes.
  • 80% of the increase in temperature happens in the first 10 minutes
  • – Cracking the windows does NOT help slow the heating process or decrease the maximum temperature
  • – It doesn’t have to be scorching hot outside for a child to be in danger inside a vehicle, there have been fatal cases of car heatstroke in temperatures as low as 60°F.
  • A child’s body overheats 3-5 times faster than an adult body.
Preventing Car Heatstroke Accidents

What is a Heatstroke?

Heatstroke is a medical emergency condition that can be fatal if it is not promptly and adequately treated. Heatstroke occurs when there is an increase in body temperature, and dehydration often accompanies it.

Symptoms

  • – Body temperature above 104°F and red, hot, dry skin
  • –  There is sign of sweating
  • – A throbbing headache
  • – Rapid, strong pulse
  • – Nausea or vomiting
  • – Confusion
  • – Agitation
  • – Loss of consciousness
Preventing Car Heatstroke Accidents

Safety Tips

According to statistics, more than 55% of car heatstroke cases happen when parents or caregivers unknowingly leave a child in the car. Although parents think this is something that will never happen to them, everyday stresses and unexpected changes in routine can cause a loving parent to forget their child is asleep in the backseat.

 

Follow these safety tips to ensure your child is never left alone in a car:

  • – Train yourself to open the back door of your vehicle whenever you exit it to make sure no one is there, an excellent way to do this is to leave something in the back seat, your purse, your phone, or laptop.
  • – Keep one of your kid’s toys in their car seat and move it to the front of the car to remind yourself your child is with you.
  • – Ask your child’s daycare or school to contact you whenever your child does not arrive on time.

Tips to prevent children from entering cars without you knowing:

  • – Always keep your vehicles locked, even when they are in your driveway or garage.
  • – Don’t leave your keys within reach of children.
  • – If you can’t find your child, check the interior of every car nearby, they may have gone in to play or take a nap.

Image Source: Noheatstroke.org

Know Where to Go In the Event of an Emergency

At Altus Emergency Centers, we care about your child’s safety and well-being, being vigilant and extra cautious can save your child from dying from heatstroke. Please keep in mind that all of our Altus Emergency Centers are open 24/7, with no lines.

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

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to aid you 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.

Allergy Triggers to Avoid

Allergy Triggers to Avoid

National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month

Since 1984, May is National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month.

These two conditions are often overlooked and not given the importance they deserve. However, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), asthma affects more than 24 million people in the United States, including more than 6 million children.

Additionally, allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness, with more than 50 million Americans suffering from allergies each year.

Why Is May National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month?

Declaring an observance month is never random. May happens to be the peak month for allergies. Asthma and allergies often go hand in hand, so it’s not unusual for someone with asthma to also suffer from allergies.

There is currently no cure for either of these conditions, but educating patients and the public about them can help manage them.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Asthma and Allergies

People can suffer from asthma or allergies, or both. Many myths surround these conditions, so as part of Altus Emergency Centers’ commitment to educate and prevent different health issues, we would like to share some facts.

Asthma facts:

  • Asthma can be hereditary, but it can also affect people who have other allergic conditions and anyone exposed to polluted air, tobacco smoke, or viral respiratory infections at a young age.
  • Overweight and obese patients are at a greater risk of asthma.
  • Symptoms can include cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.
  • Medications can help manage asthma allowing patients to enjoy an active life.
  • Weather conditions such as extremely dry, wet, or windy weather can worsen an asthma condition.
  • If not managed adequately, asthma can lead to death

Allergy Facts

  • People can suffer from different types of allergies; food allergies, eczema, and hay fever (rhinitis) are just a few examples.
  • Symptoms from allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever, include sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, itching of the nose, and watery eyes. This can be seasonal or perennial (year-round).
  • Allergies are often hereditary.
  • Allergies can appear at any age, and they can also disappear for some time and return.
  • Although most cases of allergies present mild symptoms, sometimes an allergy can be life-threatening, causing an extreme immune reaction known as anaphylaxis which puts the person into shock and can significantly impair their breathing.  This type of allergic reaction requires immediate medical attention even if the patient receives epinephrine and feels better.
  • Knowing which allergy triggers to avoid is crucial.

Common Allergy and Asthma Triggers to Avoid

  • Tobacco smoke: if you suffer from allergies or asthma, you should avoid smoking and secondhand smoke
  • Outdoor air pollution: pollution originating from factories, cars, and burning wood can trigger respiratory allergies and asthma attacks. Try to avoid places with high pollution levels or plan your activities when air pollution levels are lower.
  • Dust mites: These microscopic bugs that live in beds and couches are big triggers. Try to use allergen-proof mattress and pillowcase covers, wash your bedding weekly, and vacuum carpets, rugs, sofas, regularly
  • Allergens in pet fur: unfortunately, many people are allergic to the allergens of their furry pets. If you know you are allergic, try finding an allergy-friendly breed, bathe and groom them regularly, and use an air cleaner with a HEPA filter.
  • Mold: check your house for mold, which is common in damp areas. Eliminate it to help control your attacks.
  • Disinfectants and cleaning products: avoid overuse of cleaning products. Choose products with a mild scent, and if possible, avoid aerosol presentations. Do not mix disinfectant products. Choose products that are less likely to trigger your allergies or asthma, such as products with hydrogen peroxide (no more than 3%) or ethanol (ethyl alcohol). Avoid using bleach.
  • Dust: avoid disturbing dust but keep surfaces at your home and work as free from it as possible.
  • Food allergies:  make sure to inform the people who handle your food about any food allergies you have.

When to Go to the ER

A severe allergy or an asthma crisis requires immediate medical attention. Go to the nearest Altus Emergency Center immediately if you or someone you know experiences:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty speaking
  • Very rapid breathing, coughing, or wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Bluish color in the face, lips, or nails
  • Fainting
  • Vomiting
  • Swelling of the mouth, tongue, or throat.

Altus Emergency Centers are open 24/7 in their four locations: Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, Waxahachie. Severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks are time-sensitive emergencies; our minimal wait times and highly qualified medical professionals can help save lives.

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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, 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!

Control Asthma & Live a Better Life!

Bring Asthma Under Control

We are in peak season for asthma sufferers, so we thought this was the perfect time to educate and raise awareness of this chronic and potentially life-threatening illness which affects over 1.5 million Texans according to the CDC.

The sad reality is there is no cure for asthma, but, not everything is bad news, people can lead normal happy lives and many deaths are preventable with proper treatment and care. Read on for tips on how to control asthma and improve your quality of life.

How to Control Asthma

What is Asthma? 

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. Asthma is a chronic illness, it means you always have it, however, there are asthma attack triggers, that can cause the symptoms to worsen.  Getting to know the triggers is the first step to control asthma whether it’s for you or a loved one.

 

What Causes an Asthma Attack?

The exact cause of the illness has not been discovered yet, but, it is known that the airways of people who have asthma are very sensitive and tend to overreact to substances you are allergic to or find irritating.

When this happens, the airways get swollen and narrower making it hard to breathe, when the symptoms become worse than usual, this is known as an asthma attack. In severe cases, the airways can close so much that vital organs don’t get enough oxygen, and this is when the disease can be life-threatening.

The good thing is you can control your asthma by knowing the warning signs of an asthma attack, staying away from known triggers, and following your doctor’s advice.

How to Control Asthma

Common Asthma Triggers

People react to different allergens, but in general, these are the most common asthma triggers:

  • – Air Pollution: Air quality has a significant impact on the quality of life of people with asthma, industrial and automobile emissions are known triggers.
  • – Mold: Inhaling or breathing in mold can cause an asthma attack, and certain types of mold can cause other respiratory problems.
  • – Tobacco Smoke: Being around people who smoke can cause an asthma attack from breathing second-hand smoke.
  • – Cockroach Allergen: We know, gross! But it has been proven that cockroaches and their droppings are responsible for asthma attacks in many instances.
  • – Dust Mites: Dust mites are present in almost every home, but they don’t present a danger to all, however, if you or a loved one suffers from asthma you should know that dust mites can trigger an attack.
How to Control Asthma

Ways to Control Asthma

We don’t lose hope that someday scientists will find a cure for asthma, but until then the best way to improve your quality of life is by keeping it under control.

 

#1 Learn which Medicines Work Best

This is a trial and error method that you and your doctor need to work together on, there are different types of asthma medications and for some patients, one medication will be enough to control their symptoms, others might need a combination of medications.

 

#2 Take Your Asthma Controller Medicines as Prescribed

Controller medicines are those designed to make your airways less sensitive to asthma triggers, they help prevent asthma attacks or make them less severe when they do occur. The one drawback of these medications is that it may take 2-3 weeks for them to start working, so you need to take them every day even if you are feeling fine.

 

#3 Always Have a Rescue Inhaler with You

Having these small, easy to use portable devices are designed to help you breathe better quickly. For this reason, you should always carry one with you in case you experience an asthma episode.

How to Control Asthma

#4 Learn to Recognize Your Early Warning Signs

If there is one good thing about this illness, its that it gives you clues as to when you are about to get an attack, these symptoms include:

  • – A Headache
  • – Itchy Throat
  • – Itchy Eyes
  • – A Runny Nose
  • – Chest Tightness
  • – Anxiety

#5 Know Your Triggers

Preventing your triggers is vital to control asthma.  Speak to your doctor to help you recognize your asthma triggers, once you know what can cause an asthma attack, you can work towards staying clear of these.

 

#6 Create an Asthma Action Plan

You should never ignore your asthma symptoms; many deaths are caused by patients who think their symptoms are not severe enough to go to the ER for treatment.

Our last recommendation to control asthma is to create an asthma action plan with your doctor.  This plan should help you determine when to use your rescue inhaler, when to call your doctor and when to come in to visit one of our Altus Emergency centers for treatment.

How to Control Asthma

#7 Know Where to Go In the Event of an Emergency

Even if you do everything to control your asthma symptoms, a severe attack can still happen at any time, for this reason, all of Altus Emergency Centers are open 24/7 and our staff is available to treat your symptoms and get you breathing normally again.

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

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

altus emergency 24 hr ER Texas

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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.

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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!

Top Reasons to Visit the ER Right Now!

Top Reasons to Visit the ER Right Now!

Knowing when to go to the ER to seek medical care is often challenging, particularly this last year while we all learned to cope with COVID-19.

Yet, it’s important to keep ourselves healthy, which means addressing potentially serious health problems when they arise.

There are specific symptoms and conditions you should never ignore, as they could indicate serious health issues.  Let’s learn about the top reasons to visit the ER to be prepared and seek help fast.

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These are the top reasons you should visit the ER Immediately

Chest Pain

The first of the top reasons to visit the ER is chest pain. When we talk about chest pains, it could be several pain types, including sharp, dull, burning, or crushing. The pain is not limited to the area around your heart; it can extend from your neck to your abdomen.

Chest pain could be a sign of a serious or life-threatening health problem, such as a blood clot, heart attack, or even COVID-19.

Some chest pain results from benign or mild medical conditions such as heartburn and indigestion. Still, the best way to know for sure is to seek immediate medical attention for any chest pain that lasts for more than five minutes.

When it comes to chest pain, better safe than sorry is the right approach!

Abdominal Pain

Just like chest pain, a variety of causes are responsible for your abdominal pain, the next of the top reasons to visit the ER. Many are mild and won’t require a visit to the ER. Still, others could potentially place your life in danger and will therefore require emergency medical care.

 

Causes of abdominal pain that will require ER treatment include:

  • Appendicitis (bust appendix)
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Gallstones
  • Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder)
  • Diverticulitis (inflammation or infection of pouches that can form in your intestines known as diverticula)
  • Kidney stones
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation in the pancreas)

 

Additionally, some potentially fatal conditions can cause abdominal pain. These cases require immediate diagnosis and treatment in the ER:

  • AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm)
  • Ectopic pregnancy (ruptured)
  • Ischemic bowel
  • Perforated bowel or stomach
  • Bleeding or ruptured stomach ulcers

 

Whenever you experience unexplained, severe abdominal pain, it’s best to come to the nearest Altus Emergency center to be examined by a professional.

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Upper Respiratory Infections (URI)

Another common top reasons to visit the ER was highly prevalent during the pandemic, upper respieratory infections.  Both bacteria and viruses can cause severe infections. However, the cause of most upper respiratory infections is viruses.

Viral infections like the common cold and the flu are familiar to all of us. Yet, we now face a more severe type of viral infection which is COVID-19.

 

Regardless of the virus responsible for the infection, you will need to visit the ER if:

  • You are experiencing severe symptoms
  • You are part of a high-risk group

 

Signs of infectious diseases vary. However, most share these symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion and runny nose
  • Pain or pressure in the sinus area
  • Fever
  • Sore throat

 

Other less common symptoms include:

  • Loss of sense of smell (hyposmia)
  • Body aches
  • Headache

 

You should come to the ER as soon as possible if you experience any of the following:

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Trouble breathing
  • Coughing blood
  • Loss of smell and taste
  • Fever or chills that don’t improve with treatment
  • Feeling confused or disoriented
  • Cough turns brassy or has a barking sound
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Symptoms last more than ten days or worsen after improving

Broken Bones and Strains

Broken bones vary in severity and are a top reasons to visit the ER especially during spring and summer.  Some injuries can wait until you can see a doctor. But if you notice the bone protrudes through the skin, or if the limb is severely misaligned or mangled by the trauma, you need to head to the nearest Altus Emergency Center.

If you are unsure whether you fractured a bone or not, the only way to know for sure is to get examined by a doctor. 

 

In addition to the emergency symptoms mentioned before, these symptoms will let you know if you need to visit the ER:

  • Bleeding
  • Severe pain
  • Bruising or swelling at the site of injury

 

Muscle strains can happen when at any time. When you are at work, exercising, playing sports, or doing chores around the house.

Torn muscles can cause severe discomfort. Without proper treatment, you run the risk of living with chronic pain and weakness in the injured area. You will also have a higher risk of recurring injuries during everyday use, negatively impacting your quality of life.

Therefore, if you suspect you may have a torn muscle, it’s best to come to our ER for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Head Trauma

Head injuries can be serious. Even if you can’t see any physical evidence of trauma and don’t experience any immediate symptoms, you still need to be vigilant.  It is recommended to head for an ER as they are specially equipped with the required imaging technology in order to obtain a proper diagnosis.

 

Symptoms that suggest you sustained a severe head injury and need to go to the ER as soon as possible include:

  • Loss of consciousness at the time of the accident
  • Feeling confused or disoriented after the injury
  • You were involved in a car crash, even a minor one
  • Trouble keeping balance
  • Trouble remember recent events or events involving the injury
  • Seizures
  • Trouble speaking
  • Severe headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting after the injury
  • Vision changes, having trouble seeing or focusing
  • Changes in behavior after the accident

Fever

A fever is a temporary rise in your body temperature. It is often associated with an illness. However, a persistent or unusually high fever that won’t go away with over-the-counter treatment can signify infection.

When to Come to Altus ER

When to Come to Altus ER

  • Babies under three months with a temperature higher than 100.4 F
  • Infants and small children with temperatures higher than 102 F
  • Adults with a temperature of 103 F or higher
  • Rush to the nearest ER if you also have nausea, headache, a stiff neck, confusion, or a rash in addition to a fever. You may have meningitis
  • In addition to a high fever, you also have diarrhea, vomiting, headache, tiredness, confusion, and dizziness. It could be Toxic Shock Syndrome

 

At Altus Emergency Centers, we provide you with the best diagnostic technology and the most qualified physicians to treat all your emergencies. We are open 24/7. We adhere to the strictest safety protocols and best practices to ensure our patient’s, visitors’, and staff’s safety.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

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, 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.

Malignant Hypertension – When to Go to the ER

Malignant Hypertension – When to Go to the ER

It’s Malignant Hypertension Awareness & Training Month. At Altus Emergency Centers, we want to take this opportunity to educate our communities of this potentially fatal condition.

What is Malignant Hypertension?

In simple terms, malignant hypertension is extremely high blood pressure (180/120 or higher) that comes suddenly. It can cause severe damage to internal organs such as the kidneys, blood vessels, and heart. Malignant hypertension is also known as a hypertension crisis or emergency.

Because of the high risk for organ damage, malignant hypertension is considered a medical emergency. Like with heart attacks and stroke, the sooner you get to the ER and receive treatment, the better the chances of survival.

What Are the Causes of Hypertension Emergency?

There are many contributing factors to a hypertension emergency, but some groups have a higher risk factor.

Malignant hypertension typically affects people who have a history of chronic high blood pressure. It can happen when a hypertensive patient discontinues their medication or misses a dose.

Other risk groups include smokers and African American males.

Additionally, some medical conditions are associated with an increased risk for hypertensive emergencies, these include:

 

  • Kidney failure or kidney disorders
  • A narrowing of the aorta
  • Use of illegal drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines
  • The use of oral contraceptives
  • Pregnancy-induced high blood pressure (toxemia) or preeclampsia
  • Spinal cord injuries that lead parts of the nervous system to become overactive
  • Certain autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus

Warning Signs of Malignant Hypertension

One of the most significant challenges with high blood pressure is that most patients don’t experience any symptoms. Because of this, many patients don’t know they are sick until the disease has progressed.

Luckily, malignant hypertension does have distinct warning signs that can let someone know they are in trouble.

The most common symptoms of a hypertension emergency include:

 

  • Chest pain
  • Sudden vision problems, including blurred vision
  • Shortness of breath
  • Changes in mental status, including confusion, anxiety, inability to concentrate, and sleeplessness
  • Weakness or numbness in the arms, face, or legs
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Seizure
  • Not urinating enough
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Complications of Malignant Hypertension

Malignant hypertension is a severe condition that can be life-threatening. As such, hypertension crises are time-sensitive emergencies. The longer the situation goes untreated, the more likely it becomes for the patient to suffer long-term organ damage or even death.

A severe hypertension crisis can lead to any of these dire complications:

 

  • Brain damage caused by insufficient blood reaching the brain, stroke, or seizures
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart damage, including angina, heart attack, and arrhythmia
  • Pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs)
  • Vision damage, including permanent blindness

How to Prevent Hypertension Emergencies

Hypertension emergencies can happen to anyone, including children. However, there are ways to prevent it.

  • Regularly monitor your blood pressure, especially if you know you have high blood pressure
  • Take your medication as prescribed by your doctor
  • Quit smoking
  • Eat a healthy diet that is low in salt and saturated fats
  • Maintain a healthy weight

When to Go to The ER

It’s vital for anyone who experiences any of the above symptoms to seek immediate emergency medical attention. Individuals with a history of high blood pressure need to be especially vigilant.

If you suspect you may be having a malignant hypertension episode, don’t delay call 911 or have someone drive you to the nearest Altus Emergency Center. Acting fast could save your life!

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best 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.

National Kidney Month – Kidney Health

Show Your Kidneys Some Love!

Your kidneys are so important, they have a whole month dedicated to them; you guessed it, March is National Kidney Month.

Altus Emergency Center doctors, nurses and admin staff will be working hard this month to raise awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle for proper kidney health. The following are ways to protect yourself from developing chronic kidney disease and other kidney related disorders like kidney stones.

Why are Kidneys So Important?

When thinking of the function of our kidneys we can compare them to our body’s natural chemical plant, they are responsible for:

  • Regulating Fluid Levels
  • Activating Vitamin D which helps keep bones strong
  • They filter waste out of 200 liters of blood every day
  • They release hormones that help regulate blood pressure
  • They control the production of red blood cells

They keep blood minerals (sodium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and acid content) balanced.

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What Happens When Your Kidneys Don’t Function Well?

As you can see from the list above, the kidneys stay pretty busy, so when they suffer damage it inevitably affects other organs, these are some of the problems kidney disease can cause:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Heart Attack
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Nerve Damage
  • Anemia
  • Weak Bones
  • Kidney Failure
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Kidney Health Statistics in the US: Are You at Risk of Developing Kidney Disease?

Did you know that 1 in 3 adults in the US has a high risk of developing kidney disease?

What’s worse 1 in 9 American adults already has kidney disease yet most don’t even know it. 

These are some of the leading causes or risk factors for chronic kidney disease:

  • Diabetes
  • A Family History of Kidney Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Being over 60

Other risk factors include:

  • Unhealthy lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol Abuse

Kidney Disease Treated in the ER

The most common kidney disease treated in the emergency room is kidney stones which can be extremely painful.

It is estimated that 13% of men and 7% of women in the United States will develop kidney stones at some point in their lives.

To make matters worse, the likelihood of reoccurrence has been estimated to be as high as 50% within 5 years from the first occurrence.

What Causes Kidney Stones?

One of the most common kidney health problems is kidney stones. Kidney stones are nothing more than crystalized calcium deposits, sometimes they contain uric acid or amino acids, they start as small specks, but they can quickly bind and become larger.

Kidney stones can be caused by many factors including:

  • Gout (high levels of uric acid)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Obesity
  • Dehydration
  • High Protein Diet
  • Prolonged Exposure to a Hot Climate or High Altitude
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Family History of Kidney Stones
  • Being Inactive for an Extended Period of Time
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Kidney Stone Symptoms

Most patients that visit our centers who are diagnosed with kidney stones show one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Severe Flank and Lower Back Pain (This may radiate down to the groin area)
  • Presence of Blood in Their Urine (Hematuria)
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Heavy Sweating
  • Difficulty Urinating

Kidney Stone Diagnosis and Treatments in the ER

Although your symptoms may indicate you have a kidney stone, doctors will require additional tests like x-rays, ultrasounds and in some cases a CT Scan, this will help them determine the size and location of the stone which will then dictate the proper medical treatment.

Kidney stone treatments will vary depending on the severity, size, and location of the stone, small stones will often pass through the urine on their own, and these are usually treated with pain medication and observation. Larger stones or those which have caused other side effects such as infection or kidney failure may require surgery.

Preventing Kidney Disease

If you know you have a higher risk than normal of developing kidney disease the best thing to do is to try and prevent it, in order to do this, should get checked regularly, have a urine test and blood test done at least once a year.

Your kidneys work hard every day, show them love by drinking plenty of fluids, eating a healthy balanced diet, exercise regularly, don’t smoke or abuse alcohol.

Kidney Friendly Candy!

You can care for your kidneys and keep your sweet tooth happy as well!  Whether you are treating a chronic kidney disease or just want to ensure proper kidney health, the following is a list of candy that is kidney diet friendly (Source: Davita.com)

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Kidney Diet Candy:

  • Hard candy
    • Sweetarts®
    • Jolly Ranchers®
    • LifeSavers®
    • Lemonhead® candies
    • Candy canes
    • Sugar free hard candy
    • Charms® sour balls
    • Lollipops (Dum Dum Pops® or Charms® lollipops)
    • Smarties® (known as Rockets® in Canada)
    • Runts®
    • Mike and Ike® candy
  • Gumdrops
  • Jelly beans
  • Gummy Bears and fruit slices
  • Starburst®
  • Hot Tamales®
  • Peeps® marshmallows
  • Now and Later®
  • Jawbreakers
  • Conversation hearts (usually found around Valentine’s Day)
  • Air Heads®
  • Laffy Taffy®
  • Peach and apple rings
  • Sour Patch® Kids®
  • Skittles®
  • Shortbread cookie-type candy
  • Fondant (type of cake icing)

Now that you know more about good kidney health, make sure that you keep them in mind when planning a healthy lifestyle for you and your loved ones.

Altus Emergency Centers is Open 24/7 at all locations with the on-site technology necessary to diagnose and treat a kidney emergency.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best 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.

Billing Team Employee Spotlight 2021

Billing Team Employee Spotlight

We love and appreciate every one of our staff members. It’s truly an honor to work with such a wonderful group of people.

This month we will be shining the spotlight on our very hard-working billing team, which is why we are doing this month’s article on the billing team employee spotlight.  Our billing department works a little differently from most of our other work teams since they handle all the billing from all our locations from a centralized hub at Lumberton, Texas.

This means some of you haven’t had the pleasure to meet or work directly with this outstanding group of individuals, and that is why we wanted to introduce them to all of you.  So, without further adieu, get to know the Billing Team Employee Spotlight 2021!

What Does Our Billing Team Do?

Our billing department is critical to our financial cycle. As their efforts ensure we get timely reimbursements from the insurance companies and patients.

 

These are just some of their daily responsibilities:

  • Submitting medical claims on behalf of patients and our organization
  • Preparing and reviewing patient invoices to ensure they are accurate and complete
  • Collect any missing information from patients to process their insurance claim
  • Following up on all submitted claims within the standard billing cycle
  • Checking insurance payments for accuracy
  • Follow up on patient insurance claims
  • Working with patients to set up payment plans when necessary

 

Our billing teams’ job requires a keen eye and attention to detail along with ample experience in healthcare services.

Our fantastic billing staff is proficient in CPT and ICD-10 Coding. They possess excellent communication skills and are world-class problem solvers.

Getting to Know the Staff

We sat down to ask our team a few questions about their work and personal experience at Altus Health. Here is what we learned.

Kelly Curtis

 

Q/ What do you do at Altus?

A/ I am the Billing Manager

 

Q/ How do you think this makes a difference in patient’s lives?

A/ Helping with a bill can change someone’s whole outlook. When the patient calls upset and ends the call with what a wonderful company we are to work with

 

Q/ How long have you been a Billing Manager at Altus?

A/ I have worked for Altus for five years

 

Q/ What is your favorite part of working at Altus?

A/ My work Family

 

Q/ What do you do when you are not working at Altus?

A/ Hanging out with my family

 

Q/ What is an ability you wish you had?

A/ To be able to see the future

Jennifer Broussard

 

Q/ What do you do at Altus?

A/ I work in the Billing Department

 

Q/ How do you think this makes a difference in patient’s lives?

A/ We try and get less out of pocket for patients

 

Q/ How long have you worked in the billing department

A/ 5 years on May 26

 

Q/ What is your favorite part of working at Altus?

A/ The family atmosphere we have with all of us

 

Q/ What do you do when you are not working at Altus?

A/ Spend time with my kids and family

 

Q/ What is an ability you wish you had?

A/ To read minds

Lisa Huebel

 

Q/ What do you do at Altus?

A/ I work the daily billing for accounts receivable in payment posting. I make sure the claims are processed correctly, and if not, send them to be reconsidered.

I call insurance companies when it is needed and patients for information to process the claim correctly. I also post all other payments from patients and other companies. I make sure the posting balances daily with the Bank Statements.

 

Q/ How do you think this makes a difference in patient’s lives?

A/ Our work makes a difference in patients’ lives because we make sure we process their claims correctly and getting them the most benefits.

Our efforts help relieve them of any extra financial obligation that they do not owe. We also help patients when we post their payments accurately

 

 Q/ How long have you been a poster?

A/ I have been a poster since September 2015

 

Q/ What is your favorite part of working at Altus?

A/ My favorite part working at Altus is the family I work with. We have all grown together, learning so much about insurance and how each one works, which would best help the processing of claims for the patient’s benefit.

 

Q/ What do you do when you are not working at Altus?

A/ I spend as much time as I can with my grandchildren and family. Especially what we have all been through this last year, it has made it even more important to spend time with family. I attend church regularly and help out with all the events we do to help the community. I love camping and fishing, and traveling to see my daughter in Dallas. I have a little four-footed child at home that demands a lot of attention and throwing the ball; his name is Mac.

 

Q/ What is an ability you wish you had?

A/ To have a photographic memory.

Thank you to our wonderful Billing Department for all that you do to improve our service and the lives of our patients.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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