Top Reasons for Baby ER Visits

Baby Safety Month – Top Reasons for Baby ER Visits

Becoming a parent is the greatest blessing; it is also the scariest experience of anyone’s life.

Babies don’t come with manuals, and although we all try to do our best, they will get sick, and they will get hurt at some point.

Prevention is always the best option, but accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.

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  • Approximately 20% of all ER visits in 2015 were children 18 or younger
  • 17% of all children in the United States visited the ER at least once
  • Children under the age of five accounted for 40% of pediatric ER visits
  • ER visits for respiratory conditions are more frequent between October and March
  • Injury-related ER visits are more common from April through September

Here is a list of the most common reasons for pediatric ER visits and tips to help you prevent them, and signs you need to go to the ER.

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Upper Respiratory Infections and Bronchiolitis

Several viruses, including the influence (flu) virus, can cause upper respiratory infections. When the infection settles in the lungs, it’s known as bronchiolitis. Bronchiolitis is a common condition in infants and can cause trouble breathing, wheezing, and coughing.

Babies under the age of one have a harder time fighting upper respiratory infections than older children. The reason is that their airways are smaller, so they have more trouble breathing and even feeding when they have a respiratory infection.

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Preventing Respiratory Infections

The biggest concern when a baby develops a respiratory infection is that it can quickly turn into a more severe condition such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia, which can be life-threatening.

You can help prevent respiratory infections by:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Keep your baby away from anyone who has flu-like symptoms
  • Don’t allow anyone to smoke near your baby
  • Keep hard surfaces clean and disinfected
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When to Come to Altus Emergency Center

Bring your baby to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Trouble Breathing
  • Cough with mucus that is green, grey, or yellow
  • They are unusually inactive or upset
  • Doesn’t want to breastfeed or bottle-feed
  • Shows signs of dehydration which include little or no urine for 4-6 hours and shed no tears when they cry
  • Your baby is exhausted for no reason, breathes rapidly, or their lips and fingernails turn a bluish color

Head Injuries and Fractures

Infants and toddlers are prone to falls. They can accidentally roll out of bed or fall while learning to walk.

Head Injuries

Head injuries are common in small children, so as a parent, you need to be on the lookout for any unusual symptoms after a head injury.

You should come to our ER when:

  • Your baby shows signs of a concussion, including severe crankiness, slurred speech, vomiting, trouble walking
  • Your child has a soft spot on their head, and it feels like it’s bulging
  • If your baby has a weak pulse
  • If they have any seizures
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Fractures

Some of the most common baby and toddler injuries are fractures.

You need to bring your child to our ER center if they show any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe swelling at the site of injury
  • Unwillingness to use the injured body part
  • An obvious bone deformity
  • Severe pain
  • Paleness
  • Weak pulse
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Are unable to move the injured body part

If you are not sure but suspect your baby might have a broken bone, you need to bring them to the ER so we can X-ray the injured area.

Texas Pediatric ER

At Altus Emergency Centers, we can diagnose and treat even the youngest babies when they are struggling with an illness or injury.

Our certified pediatric emergency doctors and nurses can provide the necessary care in a calm and soothing environment.

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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!

International Air Ambulance Week

International Air Ambulance Week

This week we celebrate International Air Ambulance Week. The focus of this yearly event is to support and generate donations for publicly funded flying medical services in the US and around the world.

As always Altus Emergency Centers is doing its part in raising awareness of this essential medical service.

What Are Air Ambulances?

When we think of an ambulance service, the first thing that comes to mind is a big truck full of medical equipment, flashing lights, and loud sirens speeding down the road.

The only difference between a traditional ambulance and an air one is air ambulances use helicopters and, in some cases, planes to transport the patients.

Air ambulances have all the necessary medical devices, including an EKG’s, and ventilators to monitor and provide lifesaving pre-hospital treatment to patients as well as medications for inflight care. Aboard the helicopters there are also trained emergency medical technicians (EMT’s) that take care of the patients.

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The Important Role Air Ambulances Play During an Emergency

In emergency medicine, time plays a vital role. The sooner patients are diagnosed and treated, the better their chances of making a full recovery. Any delay even if it’s just a minute could cost the patient their life.

Some of the critical cases we receive must be transferred immediately to a hospital. In those cases, we use ambulances to safely and comfortably transfer patients from our facilities to the nearest hospital that can provide the care needed. 

However, there are some instances where transport by regular ambulance service is not possible, either because:

  • The injuries are time-sensitive, and the traffic conditions won’t allow for a speedy transfer
  • The hospital is too far away

In these cases, the safest and most efficient way to transport the patient is through the air in a helicopter ambulance.

Air Ambulance Service and Altus Emergency Center

Altus Emergency Centers has been an integral part of the communities we serve. In some cases, we are the only emergency center available for miles. 

As a result, sometimes, we face the challenge of moving a patient from our ER to a faraway hospital. Doing so in a speedy yet safe way has always been our priority.

Thankfully, we have been fortunate enough to build solid business relationships with some of the most trustworthy and professional ambulance services in Texas.

Our main allies in the field of air medical transport are:

 

Today we want to express our gratitude to our valuable allies. To the EMT’s, helicopter pilots, and dispatchers, thank you for the outstanding work you do every day. 

Together we have helped save many lives, and we look forward to continuing doing so for the foreseeable future.

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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!

National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

September is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. At Altus Emergency Centers, we want to do our part in helping to raise awareness of the dangers, treatment, and prevention of spinal cord injuries.

Spinal Cord Injury Facts

Earlier this year, the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center released the following statistics: 17,730 new cases of spinal cord injury (SCI) occur every year

  • Approximately 291,000 Americans are currently living with SCI
  • 78% of new spinal cord injuries are male patients
  • The average age of injury is 43, in the 1970’s it was 29
  • 59.5% of SCI victims are Non-Hispanic whites, 22.6% are Non-Hispanic blacks, 13.2% are of Hispanic origin, and 2.8% are Asian

 

The most common causes of spinal cord injuries are:

  • Vehicular Accidents 39.3%
  • Falls 31.8%
  • Violence (Mostly from Gunshot Wounds) 13.5%
  • Sports or Recreational Activities 8.0%
  • Medical/Surgical 4.1%
  • Other Causes 3.1%

What is a Spinal Cord Injury?

The spinal cord is made up of all the nerves that run down the center of your back. These nerves carry the signals from our brain that allows us to move our legs, arms, and the rest of our body. The nerves also send messages back to the brain about any sensations we feel, such as pain and pleasure.

Spinal cord injuries usually happen when a blow fractures or dislocates the vertebrae, which damages the nerves and disrupts the signals.

SCI is a medical emergency. Patients who receive immediate treatment have a better chance of reducing the long-term effects of type of injury.

 

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

There are two types of spinal cord injuries:

  • Complete Spinal Cord Injury: With this type of injury, the damaged nerves can’t send signals below the level of the injury. Therefore, the patient is left paralyzed below the site of injury.
  • Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: With this type of injury, the patient will still have some movement and feeling below the site of injury.

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When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

You should come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if you were in a car crash, fell or were otherwise injured and develop any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe pain or pressure in your neck, head or back
  • A Tingling sensation or loss of feeling in your hands, fingers, feet or toes
  • Partial or complete loss of control over any part of the body
  • Urinary or bowel incontinence or retention
  • Abnormal sensations of pain or pressure in the thorax 
  • Difficulty breathing after injury
  • Unusual lumps on your head or spine

How are Spinal Cord Injuries Diagnosed

Trauma patients who come to our ER are immediately evaluated to determine the severity of their injuries. The first thing our doctors will do is to make sure the patient can to breathe and has a pulse. 

Next, we will check the neurologic function of the patient by testing their strength and how much feeling they have in their arms and legs.

If there is weakness or the patient is unconscious, a rigid cervical collar is placed on them to prevent them from further injury.

At this point, the doctor will order a CT Scan of the patient’s spinal cord to determine if there are any fractures or other abnormalities of the spinal cord.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we can diagnose and stabilize spinal cord injury victims, and have them transported to the nearest hospital that can treat them.

Our minimal wait time guarantee means patients can start receiving treatment faster and increase their chances of recovery.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

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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!

Children’s Eye and Health Safety

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

It’s important to keep an eye on your kids, but it’s equally important to keep an eye on your kid’s eyes.  Make sure to pay special attention to your children’s eye and health safety.  It’s back to school season, which means as a parent, you are probably busy shopping for school supplies and clothes. But there is one more thing you must add to your back to school checklist, and that is scheduling an eye exam for your kids.

Eye exams at the beginning of the school year are essential because vision health and learning go hand in hand.

Children, especially young ones, don’t know what normal vision is like, so they may not complain if they have any eyesight problems. And if your child can’t see very well, it may affect their studies.

You should get a comprehensive eyesight test for your kids at least once a year because children’s eyes change as they grow. Children’s eye and health safety go way past the eye exams.

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Tips

Common Eyesight Problems in Children

An eye examination can help diagnose the most common eyesight problems, including:

  • Near-Sightedness: Also known as short-sightedness or myopia. This eye disorder occurs when light focuses in front of, instead of on, the retina. As a result, distant objects to be blurry while close objects appear normal.
  • Far-Sightedness: Also known as hyperopia. As you may have guessed, this is the opposite of near-sightedness. In far-sightedness, the light focuses behind instead of on the retina. As a result, close objects appear blurry, while far objects may appear normal.
  • Astigmatism: This disorder happens because the eye does not focus light evenly on the retina. As a result, vision is always blurry no matter the distance.

Prescription lenses can correct any of these conditions. However, eye exams can also help diagnose other disorders, such as:

  • Amblyopia: Commonly referred to as lazy eye
  • Strabismus: Crossed eyes
  • Ptosis: Drooping of the eyelid
  • Color deficiency: Colorblindness

Preventing Eye Injuries in Children

Protecting your children’s eyesight means more than keeping them healthy; it also means preventing eye injuries.

Prevent Blindness provides the following statistics:

  • Every year there are more than 125,000 eye injuries caused by household products
  • Emergency rooms treat a sports-related eye injury every 13 minutes
  • 43% of all sports-related eye injuries victims are children 14 and younger

The good news is 90% of these eye injuries are preventable; all we need is to understand the dangers, implement safety practices, and use appropriate eye protection.

Eye Safety at Home

Protect your child from eye injury at home, by:

  • Making sure your furniture and fixtures don’t have sharp edges
  • Not using hazardous solvents and detergents around your kids. And remember never to mix cleaning agents
  • Don’t let your kids out in the yard when you are using a lawnmower or weed trimmer as debris can fly and hit them
  • Use guards on all your power tools and equipment

Outdoor and Play Eye Safety

These tips can help you keep your child’s eyes safe while they are outside or playing:

    • Teach your children to never look directly at the sun
    • Make sure your child wears safety goggles or glasses made from polycarbonate while playing sports. Polycarbonate lenses are 20 times stronger than ordinary eyeglasses and can withstand a ball traveling 90mph
    • Toys that shoot pellets, arrows, or paintballs are not safe for young children. If your kids are older and want to play with these types of toys, make sure they wear safety goggles.
    • Inspect your child’s playgrounds and play areas for potential eye hazards
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When to Bring Your Kid to the ER

Not all eye injuries will require a trip to our ER. However, knowing when to come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center can save your child’s eye.

  • Acute Hyphema: This is a severe injury that requires immediate medical attention. Blunt trauma is the cause of acute hyphema. The blow causes blood to accumulate in the space between the cornea and the iris.
  • Punctured Eyeball: Another serious eye injury that will require immediate medical attention. A punctured eyeball happens when a sharp object has completely torn the cornea or sclera. This type of injury can result from flying debris from a lawnmower

As parents, it’s our responsibility to do everything we can to ensure our kids’ eyes are healthy. But there will be times when you won’t be able to prevent an accident, that is where Altus Emergency Centers can make a difference.

Our pediatric emergency physicians are on call 24/7 to take care of your little ones in times of need.

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!

Common Contact Sports-Related Head Injuries

Contact Sports-Related Head Injuries

We often hear about tragic stories of professional athletes suffering traumatic contact sports-related head injuries.

Unfortunately, sports-related head injuries are not exclusive to elite pro athletes; they can happen to anyone, including kids who play contact sports at school.

A paper from the Journal of Neurosurgery, states there are approximately 500,000 emergency room visits and 60,000 hospitalization every year due to traumatic brain injuries in children ages 0-17.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Any injury that occurs on your skull, scalp, or brain is considered a head injury.

Head injuries could be something as innocent as a bump or bruise on your head to something as life-threatening as a skull fracture.

The more severe types of head injuries are known as traumatic brain injuries (TBI). A traumatic brain injury happens when we receive a blow or jolt to the head or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.

Traumatic brain injuries are so severe they that disrupts the normal function of the brain and can cause life-long physical or mental disabilities or even death.

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Concussions in Young Athletes

One of the most common contact sports-related head injuries are concussions.  Whether your child plays football, soccer, baseball, or hockey, getting a concussion is a serious risk to young athletes.

Parents and coaches of children who play sports, especially contact sports need to educate young athletes on how to recognize the symptoms of a concussion.

If your kids get injured and they don’t know what to look for they could keep on playing, which will put them at risk of a more significant injury.

Symptoms young athletes should look out for:

 

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Does not “feel right” or is “feeling down”

Coaches and trainers should be on the lookout for the following symptoms:

  • The child appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events before the hit or fall
  • Can’t recall events after hit or fall

Parents should also be on the lookout for possible concussion symptoms as these could show hours after the incident. If your teen shows any of the symptoms above, they likely have a concussion, and you should seek immediate medical attention.

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When to Go to The ER for a Head Injury

Not all head injuries require a trip to our ER. However, you should bring your child for evaluation in the following cases:

  • The injury won’t stop bleeding
  • Your child lost consciousness or is confused/disoriented
  • Is vomiting or feels nauseated
  • Have trouble balancing or walking
  • Has difficulty remembering stuff
  • Has a seizure

You should monitor your kids for a few days after they sustained the injury to make sure they don’t develop symptoms.

 

If you notice any of the following, you need to bring them to the ER immediately:

  • They have a headache that won’t go away
  • Show unusual behavior, experience mood swings or have trouble concentrating
  • Have trouble reading, writing or slur their speech
  • Feel numbness, dizziness or weakness in any body part
  • Have difficulty falling asleep or waking up
  • Have difficulty moving their eyes or notice changes in their eyesight

It’s Better to Be Safe

If you are not sure if your child has a traumatic brain injury, the best thing to do is to bring them to the nearest Altus Emergency Center. It’s better to be safe and have our doctors examine them.

Remember, Altus Emergency Centers are open 24/7 every day of the year; we will always be here for you and your family in times of need.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are always open to treat any emergency. Remember if you use our online check-in form, we will be waiting for you at the door.

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!

Summer Vacation Safety Tips

Summer Vacation Safety Tips

Summer vacation is a time for relaxation and outdoor fun, but it’s also a time to be extra cautious.  Unfortunately, summer vacation safety is usually the last thing on anyone’s mind.

It doesn’t matter if you are going away on vacation, or planning the ultimate staycation this summer, safety should always come first!

Here are some of our best summer vacation safety tips for staying healthy during a busy summer.

Stay Safe on the Road

If your plans involve driving this summer, here are a few helpful tips to keep you safe and make sure you get to your destination as scheduled.

  • Get your car serviced before you head out. Regular maintenance such as tune-ups, oil changes, battery checks, and tire rotation go a long way toward preventing breakdowns
  • Check your tire pressure, wear and make sure your spear tire is in good condition
  • Make sure all the lights in your vehicle are working, including your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, and internal lights as well. If you are towing a trailer, make sure the lights on it are also functioning
  • Check your radiator, make sure it doesn’t have any leaks, and it has the fluids and coolant needed for your engine to work properly
  • Inspect your wiper blades for signs of wear and tear, replace them if they do.
  • Check you’re A/C! A faulty air conditioning on a hot summer day can affect people especially children and older adults as well as pets
  • All passengers must wear their seat belts while the car is in motion
  • Always respect road signals and remember to share the road
  • Never drink alcohol while driving

Beware of the Sun

Everyone wants to have that kissed by the sun look during summer. But regardless of how nice a suntan might seem; the truth is when your skin tans it’s a sign of sun damage.

Exposing yourself to too much sun can cause wrinkles, and worst of all, it raises your risk of developing skin cancer.

To protect yourself, remember to:

  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher and reapply at least every two hours
  • Wear sunglasses and look for sunglasses with a UVA/UVB rating of 100% to get the most UV protection.
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Stay out of the sun during the peak hours of 10 am and 4 pm

Keep Hydrated

We know we have talked about the importance of staying hydrated before. However, since it can be challenging to stay hydrated while we are on vacation, we feel it bears mention again.

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages as these can cause dehydration
  • Eat plenty of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables

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Exercise with Caution

We always recommend you stay active year-round. However, during the hot summer months, you should exercise early in the morning when the temperatures are lower, and the sun rays are less intense.

To avoid the painful muscle spasms known as heat cramps, try drinking an electrolyte beverage. Sports drinks will replace the salt and other minerals lost during perspiration.

Beware of Critters

Bugs can be annoying, but their bites can be painful and, in some cases, serious health risks. Mosquitos and ticks can transmit diseases, so it is best to repel them as much as possible by using insect repellent.

The EPA recommends the following safety points:

  • Read the instructions before you apply repellent to ensure you know how much to use
  • Only apply repellents to exposed skin or clothing, not under clothing
  • Don’t use on cuts, wounds or irritated skin
  • Do not let children handle repellents, and don’t apply to their hands
  • Apply to hands and then apply on the face. Don’t apply or spray directly onto your face
  • You should avoid breathing sprays so don’t spray repellent in enclosed areas, or around food

Check Your Medications Before You Go

If you take prescription drugs for any condition, make sure you pack enough of them to last the whole trip.

Take into consideration the storing conditions your medication needs. For example, some medications need to be refrigerated; others might be more sensitive to sunlight.

Vacation time is full of activities, and because of this, it is easy to forget your medication, but you should take special care not to skip a dose.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are always open to treat any emergency. Remember if you use our online check-in form, we will be waiting for you at the door.

Eat Healthily

There is nothing wrong with an occasional indulgence during your vacation. However, you should try to keep your portions in check and avoid eating too many high-calorie meals.

When possible, avoid the all you can eat buffets, as the variety of options will make it hard not to overeat.

Staying safe this summer should be your number one goal; however, sometimes, no matter how much we plan accidents happen. That is why Altus Emergency Centers has locations throughout East Texas, remember we are always near you in times of need.  

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!

UV Safety Tips – The Sun Can Burn!

UV Safety – The Sun Can Burn You!

Summers in most of Texas can be harsh, not only because of the high temperatures but also because of the intense sun rays. UV safety is a matter to not take lightly.

Unless we use the right protection, we risk getting sunburned. In fact, while rare, severe sunburn can be life-threating.

What is a Sunburn?

Unless you take UV safety precautions, you will risk getting a sunburn.  Extreme ultraviolet (UV) exposure can cause severe damage to our skin; this is what we know as sunburn.

It only takes 10 minutes of intense UV exposure for our skin to deploy its defense mechanism to try and defend itself.

The first hint that something is not right, is redness. Then your skin will start feeling tight; this is as a response of it losing its moisture and hydration. Then slowly, the cells will begin to thicken, and your body will start to produce melanin (skin pigment) to try and stop the UV rays from penetrating the deeper layers of the skin and causing damage to the cell’s DNA.

Most sunburn episodes are short-lived and mild, but you should still try to prevent them as they can increase your chances of developing skin cancer later in life.

Who is at Risk of Sunburn?

Anyone who is out in the sun for extended times or when the UV index is high is at risk of getting sunburned. However, some people are more vulnerable than others. UV safety is particularly vital in the following cases:

 

  • Fair Skin People. The lighter your skin color is, the more vulnerable you are to sunburns
  • Children and the Elderly. Infants and children under 6, as well as adults over 60, have a higher risk of sunburn
  • People Taking Certain Medications. Some medications can increase your sensitivity to sun rays. You should talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any medicines you are taking before you go out in the sun.
  • Anyone with a Skin Condition. People with psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, and other skin conditions may need to take extra precautions to avoid sunburns.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

How to Know When a Sunburn Could Be Serious

Most sunburns don’t need medical attention, but in some cases, when the burns are very severe, you will need to come into the nearest Altus Emergency Center to receive treatment. 

Here is when it’s time to seek care for your sunburn.

Sun Poisoning

Sun poisoning is a serious sunburn allergic reaction that causes skin inflammation. Aside from the bumps on your skin, you may also experience pain, itching, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances.

If not treated correctly, sun poisoning could lead to life-threatening infection and shock. So, if you think you or someone you know is experiencing sun poisoning, you need to come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center to be evaluated and treated.

 

You’ve Developed a Skin Infection

Many sunburns are severe enough that they cause blisters. Most times, these only require a topical cream to heal; however, in some cases, the blisters can become infected.

You can tell you have a skin infection if you notice swelling, pus or red streaks leading from the blister. In this case, you will likely need antibiotics to treat the infection, which means you see your doctor or come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center.

Beyond UV Safety. Preventing Sunburns and other Sun-Related Injuries

Summer is supposed to be a fun time for everyone, with lots of outdoor activities. To make sure you avoid the risks of sunburns the doctors at Altus Emergency Centers recommend:

  • You apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out in the sun
  • Reapply sunscreen every 2-hours
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Stay out of the sun between 10 am and 4 pm when possible

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are always open to treat any emergency. Remember if you use our online check-in form, we will be waiting for you at the door.

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!

Common Summertime Injuries

How to Avoid Common Summertime Injuries

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

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

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

Top Three Common Summertime Injuries

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

 

Heat-Related Illnesses

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

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

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

 

1. Heat-Stroke

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

 

Should You Go to the ER?

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

2. Heat Exhaustion

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

 

Should You Go to the ER?

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

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

3. Rhabdomyolysis

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

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

 

Should You Go to the ER?

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

 

How to Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses

 

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

Swimming-Related Injuries and Drowning

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

The injuries are mostly caused by:

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

 

How to avoid Swimming-related injuries and Drowning

 

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

 

Should You Go to the ER?

 

All drowning victims need immediate emergency medical attention.

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

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

Sports Injuries

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

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

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

 

How to Avoid Sports Injuries

 

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

 

Should You Go to the ER?

 

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

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

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

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

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

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

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS to ER CARE!

Water Safety Tips to Prevent Drownings

Water Safety Month

Tips to Help Save A Life

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

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

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

How Big is The Problem?

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

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

Where Do Drownings Occur?

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

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

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

What Can You Do to Prevent Drownings?

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

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

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

Water Safety Tips

Learn to Swim

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

Learn CPR

In a drowning situation, every second counts.

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

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

Supervise

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

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

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

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

Don’t Swim Alone

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

Use Lifejackets

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

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

Avoid Alcohol

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

Be Prepared

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

When to Go to the ER

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

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

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

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

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

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

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS to ER CARE!

Physical Activity is Important – Fitness and Sports Month

Let’s Get Moving! Why Physical Activity is Important

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

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

Benefits of Exercise

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

 

1. It Will Help You Lose Those Extra Pounds

 

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

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

2. It Can Make You Feel Happier

 

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

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

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

3. It’s Good for Your Muscles and Bones

 

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

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

4. Increases Your Energy Levels

 

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

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

5. Reduces Your Risk of Chronic Disease

 

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

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

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

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

6. Get A Better Night’s Rest

 

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

 

7. Helps Put the Spark Back into Your Sex Life

 

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

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

Take it Slow, Do it Right and Avoid Injuries

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

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

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

Tips to Avoid Exercise-Related Injuries

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

When to Visit Altus Emergency Center

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

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

 

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

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

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

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS to ER CARE!

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