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Dry Drowning – Facts You Should Know

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Dry Drowning

Dry Drowning: Preventing Another Tragedy

This past week, the tragic death of a 4-year-old in Texas, shocked us all, when doctors told the parents they suspected the child had died from dry drowning. The medical staff at Altus Emergency Centers extends their condolences to the family of Frankie Delgado and would like to take this opportunity to enlighten parents about the dangers and prevention of dry and secondary drowning.

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What is Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning

Both dry drowning and secondary or delayed drowning, occur when a child breathes or inhales water. This can happen in a pool, the ocean, a river, or even in the bathtub.

These submersion injuries can affect both adults and children, however, children are more susceptible because of their size.

The terms dry drowning and secondary drowning, are commonly used interchangeably, but they are in fact very different conditions.

Dry Drowning

Occurs when the individual takes in a small amount of water through their mouth or nose. This water does not reach the lungs, instead, once it reaches the back of the throat, it causes the vocal cords to spasm and close, causing the airways to shut off, making it hard to breathe. The symptoms of dry-drowning usually happen immediately after the incident in the water.

Secondary Drowning

In this type of incident, the airways do not close themselves up, but rather open, letting water into the lungs. Once there, liquid can build up causing inflammation and swelling, making it difficult for the body to get enough oxygen; this condition is known as pulmonary edema. Symptoms of secondary drowning may take between 1 and 24 hours to manifest.

Symptoms of Dry Drowning

Know the Warning Signs

Both conditions share many of the same symptoms, the main difference is how fast they manifest. Typical signs of either incident include:

  • Trouble Breathing

  • Coughing

  • Sleepiness or unusual drop in the child’s activity level

  • Chest Pain

  • Vomiting

  • Abnormal irritability

These types of submersion injuries are rare, and there is no cause for parents to panic every time the child comes in contact with a body of water. According to a 2006 study published in the British Medical Journal the percentage of submersion incidents which result in either dry or secondary drowning is between 2% and 5%.

Having said that, parents who spot any of the above symptoms in their child after it has spent time in the water should immediately rush to any of Altus Emergency Centers for evaluation and treatment.

Most of the time, symptoms can be mild and improve on their own, however, there is no way of telling if this this will happen, and because the symptoms can progress rapidly and become life-threatening, it is better to have medical attention sooner rather than later.

How to Prevent Dry Drowning

Prevention Submersion Injuries

Prevention is always the goal, these recommendations will not only prevent dry or secondary drowning, but any type of submersion incident.

  • Swimming Lessons: Children who are comfortable in and around water are less likely to panic and breathe or inhale water. The recommended age to start swimming lessons is 4-years.

  • Educate: Teach your child to close their mouth when jumping or diving into a pool to avoid water getting in and causing spasms.

  • Beware of extremely cold water: Instruct your child not to jump or dive into a pool if, the water is extremely cold, the natural response will be to gasp due to the temperature increasing the chances of inhalation. Instead teach them to gradually enter the cold water.

  • Keep a close eye: Incidents can happen in a matter of seconds, never leave your child in a body of water, even if it is the bathtub alone for any reason. Children should always wear flotation devices on boats, or when they are learning to swim.

  • Drugs and Alcohol: Parents of teenagers should ensure their children know and understand the danger involved in swimming under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Knowledge Saves Lives

There is Hope

Today, a toddler from Colorado is alive because of Frankie Delgado’s story.  Last week, Gio, a 2 year old from Colorado demonstrated symptoms of dry drowning and his father, Garon Vega rushed him to an emergency room.  Vega had heard about Frankie’s dry drowning tragedy and was able to recognize similar symptoms after a visit to a community pool.

“The X-rays did show that he had a significant amount of water in his lungs, and that it was a good thing that we brought him in because if we hadn’t have, he wouldn’t have made it through the night,” said Vega.  – Source: Fox6Now. Today, Vega thanks the parents of Frankie Delgado for creating awareness as their story saved his son’s life.

Take Care of Yourself and Your Loved Ones.

If it Happens, We Can Help

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are strong advocates of education and prevention, but, we also understand that there will be accidents that are unavoidable, and that is the reason our expertly trained staff is available 24/7.  We are here for you, when it’s more than urgent.

Should you observe any of dry drowning or secondary drowing, there is no time to hesitate, head to our nearest Altus Emergency Center for treatment.

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Top 5 Sun Safety Tips for Summer

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Top Five Sun Safety Tips for Summer

We’re kicking off National Sun Safety Week, with our Top Five Sun Safety Tips for summer, brought to you by Altus Emergency Centers. These few simple tips will safeguard you from the consequences of overexposure to the sun. Adverse effects such as sunburns, eye damage, premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, and skin cancer are completely preventable by following our Top Five Sun Safety Tips.

It is important to point out that sunburns are not exclusive to summer time; water, snow and sand reflect the sun’s UV rays which can cause sunburns and increase the risk of skin cancer. Whenever possible, avoid being in direct sunlight between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00 pm daylight savings time or 9:00 am to 3:00 pm standard time. The following are the Top Five Sun Safety Tips, brought to you by Altus Emergency Center:

Sun Safety Tip #1

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Wear Sunscreen

The secret to protecting your skin from damaging UV rays, is to choose the right type of sunscreen.

  • Choose sunscreens that have SPF of 30 or higher which filters 97% of UVB rays.

  • Use broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protect you from both UVB rays, are responsible for sunburns and UVA rays which can cause skin cancer and premature aging.

  • Keep in mind that no sunscreen is water proof, those whose label says water resistant, will only last between 40 and 80 minutes while swimming.

  • Insect repellent is known to reduce sunscreen’s SPF by 1/3, if you need to combine them, choose a sunscreen with a higher SPF and reapply your sunscreen often.

Sun Safety Tip #2

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Protect Your Skin with Clothing

If you are going to be outdoors, it is advisable to wear clothing to cover your skin. Long sleeve t-shirts, long pants, and skirts, in dark colors with a tightly woven fabric offer the most protection.

We realize this may not be the most convenient attire for summer, but even wearing a t-shirt or beach coverup will help. There are special fabrics that are light weight and offer adequate protection from UV rays, try to add these fabrics to your wardrobe.

Sun Safety Tip #3

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Protect Your Eyes

Research has shown that prolonged exposure to the sun and UV rays significantly increases the chances of developing certain eye diseases, not to mention the sun can damage the delicate skin surrounding the eye causing premature wrinkles.

Protect your eyes by:

  • Wearing a wide brim hat, this will also protect your face and neck.

  • Wear sunglasses that block UV rays.

  • Choose sunglasses with lenses that block 99% to 100% of both UVB and UVA rays.

  • Read the label before you purchase your shades. Labels with, “UV Absorption Up To 400nm” or, “Meets ANSI UV Requirements” mean they block at least 99% of UV rays. The ones who say “Cosmetic” only block about 70% of UV rays and not recommended. Do not buy sunglasses that do not have a label.

  • Large-frame or wraparound glasses offer better protection as they will block UV rays coming from different angles.

Sun Safety Tip #4

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Seek the Shade

Whenever possible, choose to be in the shade, especially during midday hours. You can sit under an umbrella, tree or covered area away from the reflection of water or sand during these hours to avoid being sunburned. Remember UV rays reach the ground even when the day is cloudy, or the weather is cold.

If you plan to be outdoors, check your local newspaper, weather service, or visit the EPA website to check the UV index in your area.

Sun Safety Tip #5

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Protect Children from the Sun

It is vital to adhere to our Sun Safety Tips in order to take care of the little ones.  Children can get sunburned more easily simply because most tend to spend more time outdoors. As a result, they run an increased risk of being affected by UV rays.

  • Schedule their outdoor activities as early as possible, and try to come up with creative ways to have them play under the shade during peak hours.

  • Do your best to use protective clothing on your child.

  • Teach them the benefits of using sunscreen from an early age, and create the habit of reapplying it often.

  • Infants under the age of 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight, and should be protected from the sun with hats, the use of sunscreen on infants is not recommended.

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Follow our Top Five Sun Safety Tips for Summer and Enjoy!  Happy National Sun Safety Week from all of us at Altus Emergency Centers!

At Altus ER Centers, we wish you a fun and safe summer. Should you experience any adverse effects of sun exposure, like heat stroke, severe sunburn, or dehydration, head to our nearest Altus Emergency Center for treatment.

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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.

National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

JUNE IS:
National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

It’s Never “Just a Headache”

As we welcome the month of June, Altus Emergency Centers joins the rest of the medical community in speaking out about National Migraine and Headache Awareness to further awareness of neurobiological diseases like migraines and headaches.

According to the National Headache Foundation, 47% of adults in the United States experience some form of headache each year. Despite being such a common ailment, it remains one of the least researched health conditions. During National Migraine and Headache Awareness month, our goal is to raise consciousness, educate the public and reduce the stigma associated with migraines, cluster headaches, and other similar disorders.

National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month FACT:  There are 150 documented types of headaches, the most common however, are tension, cluster, and migraine headaches.

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Cluster Headache

The next type of headache to detail during National Migraine and Headache Awareness month is the “Cluster Headache”.

This type of headache affects only 1% of the population, mostly men, although some women are affected as well. They are recurring abrupt headaches that occur in cycles. This severe, debilitating pain appears suddenly and affects one side of the head, most often around the eye; nasal congestion or runny nose, droopy eyelids, and facial sweating are frequent during these episodes which can last between 15 minutes to 3 hours.

There is no known cause of cluster headaches, although it is believed there may be a genetic correlation. At this point there is no cure, but medical treatments can reduce the frequency and duration of the episodes.

Migraine and Headache Type #1

Tension Headache

We begin National Migraine and Headache Awareness month by shedding light on the “Tension Headache”. The most prevalent type of headache, the tension headache is described as a constant ache or pressure around the head, especially the temples or the back of the head and neck. This form can last anywhere from a few minutes to days. They can cause light and sound sensitivity, but do not normally cause nausea and rarely disrupt daily activity.

It is believed the cause of these headaches derives from a contraction of the neck and scalp muscles as a reaction to stress and possibly changes in brain chemistry. For the most part, they are easily treated with over the counter medication, like aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen. However, the overuse of these painkillers can cause a side effect known as rebound headache, where the medication can cause the brain to move into an excited state triggering more headaches. Overuse of over the counter painkillers can also cause symptoms of withdrawal that could trigger another headache.

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Migraine Headache

During National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month serves to educate and inform the public regarding this medical condition so that non headache sufferers will have increased sensitivity for those around them that are being affected. 

One misconception people have of migraines, is that it only affects adults.  While it is true that migraines affect the females more often than males, they affect men and women in all age groups including children, it is estimated that 10% of children in the United States suffer from migraines.

The migraine is a genetic neurological disease, caused by a brain that is overly sensitive to certain stimuli considered migraine triggers, stress is among these triggers.

When is it a Migraine?

There are certain criteria to diagnose a migraine.  If you experience any one of the following, you most likely are having a migraine:

  • There has been at least five previous episodes.

  • Headaches last between 4 and 72 hours.

  • There is a moderate to severe throbbing pain concentrated on one side of the head that interferes or disrupts daily activity.

  • Nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound.

  • Some 20% of patients experience aura, in the form of visual distortions or hand or facial numbness.

  • There is a family history of migraine headaches.

There is no known cure for migraines, but there are treatment options that include both lifestyle changes and medication, we encourage patients who suffer from headaches to discuss treatment options with their physicians.

Keep an Eye Out for Any Signs of Danger

Know the Signs – When to Visit an ER

When it’s More Than a Headache

A Severe Headache may be the symptom of a more serious medical condition. Visit your nearest Altus ER if you experience any of the following:

  • Blurry or loss of vision

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Uncontrollable vomiting

  • Your headache lasts more than 72 hours

  • You experience symptoms greater or beyond anything you have ever experienced before.

Your life is precious.  Don’t risk it by hesitating if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, visit the nearest Altus Emergency Center for a thorough evaluation and treatment.

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Better Ways to Clean Children’s Ears – Emergency Medical Services for Children Day 2017

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Better Ways to Clean Children's Ears

We’ve All Heard About the Dangers of Cotton Swabs.  What are Better Ways to Clean Children’s Ears?

Over the years there has been a lot of debate centered around what are better ways to clean children’s ears.   In honor of Emergency Medical Services for Children Day 2017 (EMSC), we think it is vital to shed light on this subject.  Despite the amount of information available these days, most parents still do not know that a human’s ear canal is designed to be self-cleaning.

The ear canal is lined by skin that slowly moves out of the canal pushing the wax out towards the pinna or outer ear where it will become dry and flaky and eventually fall out on its own.

Having self-cleaning ear canals is great, but as every parent knows, children have an uncanny ability to get dirt and small objects into tiny orifices, so, these must be checked and cleaned regularly. If when inspecting your child, you find that they have inserted a foreign object into their ear canal, it is crucial that you do not attempt to remove it on your own, as you may cause serious damage to your child, instead head out to the nearest Altus Emergency Center to have one of our expert ER doctors and nurses safely remove the object.  Below we list five better ways to clean children’s ears.

There Are Better Ways to Clean Children's Ears

Time to Move Away from the Cotton Swab Tradition and say, “Hello” to Altus Safety Tips!

Pediatricians have been warning parents about the hazards of using cotton swabs to clean a child’s ear for some time now, which prompts the question of which are the best ways to clean children’s ears on a routine basis.  We want to keep them safe!

The following are Five Alternative Ways to clean your child’s ears:

  • #1 Wash Cloth: Since only the outer ear needs to be cleaned, the safest way to do it is with the use of a soft wash cloth. This is best done after a bath or shower as the moisture will soften the wax and any dirt that may have lodged itself in the outer ear. Be gentle and never insert your finger or other object into the ear canal.

  • #2 Mineral Oil: If you suspect your child’s ear wax has hardened or that they may have a buildup, you can use a few drops of mineral oil or olive oil. The oil should be the warmed up to skin temperature, have your child lie on their side and use a dropper to apply the oil to affected ear. After a few minutes, have your child sit up and let the oil and buildup wax drip out.

  • #3 Hydrogen Peroxide: The use of hydrogen peroxide mixed with water in small children is not advisable, it may cause dizziness and vertigo not to mention it may scare and even traumatize the child.

  • #4 Ear Drops: For school age children, the use of over the counter ear drops like Debrox can be useful, but you should consult your pediatrician before applying them.

  • #5 Candling: This method is not recommended for several reasons. First there is a risk of burn injury to the child, inserting the candle in the ear canal may cause damage to the ear drum, not to mention there is no real evidence that candling has any real effect in ear wax removal.

Keep an Eye Out for Any Signs of Danger

Know the Signs – When to Visit an ER

The Following are Three Signs of Alert

  • #1 – If you notice any blood or pus oozing from your child’s ear,

  • #2 – If they are experiencing pain or discomfort in one of both ears,

  • #3 – Or have any change in their hearing.

Hearing is one of the five senses.  The fact that a child’s ears are fragile and are in development must be taken seriously.  You can prevent permanent damage.  If they experience any of the three symptoms listed above, visit the nearest Altus Emergency Center for a thorough evaluation and treatment.

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