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African American Healthcare Pioneers: Honoring Black History Month

Honoring Black History Month: African American Pioneers in Healthcare

February is Black History Month. A time for us to celebrate the achievements and contributions of countless African Americans in every field. We’re happy to celebrate African American Healthcare Pioneers!

The history of African Americans in health care spans more than 300 years. In the early 1700s, an enslaved man named Onesimus shared scientific knowledge of vaccination procedures from his home in Africa with Cotton Mather, a theologian. This selfless act has helped save countless lives over the years.

The stories of those brave African Americans who helped shape modern medicine in our country comprise the hardship and triumphs of their quest to improve everyone’s healthcare conditions.

We hope you join us as we explore the invaluable contributions of some of history’s most renowned African American healthcare professionals.

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams (1856 – 1931)

Dr. Daniel Williams performed the first successful open-heart surgery at Provident Hospital in Chicago, the same hospital he helped found in 1891.

During his time, African American physicians were denied membership in the American Medical Association; this injustice prompted Dr. Williams to create the National Medical Association in 1895.

In 1913, he became a charter member of the American College of Surgeons; regretfully, he remained the only African American member for many years.

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Dr. Charles Richard Drew (1904-1950)

Have you ever wondered how blood banks came to be? Well, we can all thank Dr. Charles Drew, a pioneer researcher in blood plasma for transfusion.

During WWII, Dr. Drew developed innovative methods of storing blood plasma for later use in life-saving transfusions. He also organized the first large-scale blood bank in the United States.

After the war, Dr. Drew developed a blood storage program at the American Red Cross.

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Marilyn Hughes Gaston, MD (b. 1939)

Dr. Gaston became the first African American female director of the United States Public Health Bureau. She’s received every award that the Public Health Service bestows.

Dr. Gaston is best known for her groundbreaking 1986 Sickle-Cell Anemia study, which led to implementation of a national sickle-cell disease screening program for newborns.

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Patricia Era Bath, MD (b. 1942)

Dr. Bath is the first African American to complete an ophthalmology residency in the United States. She is known for conducting a study that found twice the rate of blindness among African Americans when compared to whites.

Additionally, she was the first African American female physician to receive a medical patent for the Laserphaco Probe, an instrument used in cataract surgery.

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Leonidas Harris Berry, MD (1902 — 1995)

Dr. Berry was the first African American physician on staff at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. Although a renowned gastroenterologist, he faced racism at the workplace for many years.

He became a trailblazer by fighting for an attending position for decades. In 1963, he became a member of the attending staff at Michael Reese Hospital, where he remained a senior attending physician for the rest of his career.

During the 1950s, Dr. Berry chaired a Chicago commission whose goals were to make hospitals more inclusive for black physicians and increase healthcare access in underserved areas.

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Louis Wade Sullivan, MD (b. 1933)

Dr. Sullivan was the only African American student in his class at Boston University School of Medicine, yet he made an impact. He served on the faculty from 1966 to 1975 when he became the founding dean of the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. Today the institution is known as Morehouse School of Medicine, the first predominantly black medical school in America.

Dr. Sullivan served as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he contributed to the creation of the Office of Minority Programs in the National Institute of Health’s Office of the Director.

Over the years, Dr. Sullivan has chaired several influential groups and institutions, including the President’s Advisory Council on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the National Health Museum.

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Dr. Mae C. Jemison (b. 1956)

In 1987, Dr. Mae Jemison made history by becoming the first female African American astronaut for NASA. But this would not be her only historical achievement. In 1992, she became the first African American woman in space, serving as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

As a physician, Dr. Jamison worked with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) researching vaccines. She continued her medical research on the space shuttle conducting experiments in materials processing and life sciences in space.

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At Altus Emergency Centers, we are proud to celebrate the many achievements and valuable contributions to healthcare advancement by all African Americans throughout history. We know there will be many more leaders and trailblazers to come in the near future. We encourage everyone to support and cheer for the new generation of African American medical professionals.

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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!

Christmas Lighting Safety Tips

Christmas Lighting Safety Tips

The holidays are here, and it’s time to deck our homes, which means putting on your incredible Christmas lights display.

But before you let your holiday cheer take control, remember safety should always come first. Falls, fires, electrocution, and other mishaps can occur and ruin your Christmas if you’re not careful.

According to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, as many as 200 decorating-related injuries happen daily during the holiday season, half of which are accidents involving falls.

Additionally, holiday decorating-related injuries send about 17,500 Americans to the ER every year. So, before you climb that latter with a tangle of lights on one hand, please read our suggested safety tips.

Christmas Lighting Safety Tips

Inspect the Lights Before You Hang Them

Carefully inspect each light string for cracked or frayed cords. Replace any missing, damaged, or burnt-out bulbs.

Make sure your lights are safe for outdoor use. Look for the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) red stamp that certifies your decorations are safe for outdoor use.

 

Throw away any damaged strands.

Detangle the strands while on the ground so you won’t have to do it while balancing on a ladder.

 

Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts

Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause water to overflow onto your Christmas lights, creating an electrical hazard.

 

Secure Your Ladder

Secure your ladder and make sure it’s on level ground before you climb it. Always have someone help you by holding the ladder to help keep it stable and minimize the risk of falling.

Place your later in a location that is far away from power lines to avoid electrocution.

Avoid Walking on The Roof

Angled or high-pitched roofs and slippery shingles can turn your holiday decoration installation into a real hazard. Suppose you want to add decorations to your roof. In that case, the best way to go about it is to hire a professional who has the proper tools, equipment, and experience to do it for you.

 

Use Plastic Safety Clips

Plastic safety clips are inexpensive and easy to use. They are also safer than using tacks or nails to secure hanging lights on the outside of your home. Staples and nails can damage the wires creating a fire hazard.

 

Use the Right Extension Cords

Only use heavy-duty extension cords that are certified for outdoor use. To avoid overloading your extension cords, don’t exceed more than three sets of lights per extension cord.

Make sure to keep cords out of walkways and secure cables with heavy tape to prevent tripping hazards.

 

Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs)

To help prevent electric shock, plug your outdoor lights into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI).

 

Use a Timer

Placing your lights on a timer can help lower your electrical bill and prevent your decorations from overheating.

Turn your lights off when you go to bed or leave the house. Never leave your Christmas decorations on while you are not home.

Christmas Lighting Safety Tips

At Altus Emergency Centers, we want you to stay safe and avoid getting this holiday season.

Should the unexpected happen, don’t worry; we will be here to help get you back to health. Our doctors and nurses will have you feeling better in no time so that you can enjoy the holidays at home with your family.

Letters to Santa Christmas Wish Giveaway 2020

Letters to Santa. Making Christmas Wishes Come True!

At Altus Emergency, we’re best friends with our good friend from the North pole, Santa Clause himself!  In fact, he’s good friends with our very own Eddie Rescue.  Santa knows that we love keeping children happy and healthy.  In order to bring an extra dose of healthy cheer, this year Santa teamed up with us to give the kiddos from our communities extra Christmas cheer!  This year, we’re helping our jolly bearded friend to sort his Christmas Wish mail by setting up a Letters to Santa mailbox at each of our locations as well as his own email address, Santa@Altusemergency.com!  Yes!  Even Santa needs to keep up with the sign of modern times and go online to make more kids happy.

We encourage you to enter the Letters to Santa Christmas Wish Giveaway 2020!

Three Kiddos Will Win a Gift From Santa Per Location!

Santa Wants to Hear from You!  Contact Him Today to Enter!

It’s super easy to participate in the Letters to Santa Christmas Wish Giveaway 2020.  He can’t wait to read your letters and see your beautiful drawings.  You have actually two ways to enter the giveaway!

It’s free to participate with no purchase necessary.  Email Santa@Altusemergency.com

At Altus, we are here for all of your emergency medical needs and would like to thank you for choosing us as your preferred ER.  It’s great to know that we can be here for you to get you well fast and back to enjoying life. We invite all of you to enter our Letters to Santa Christmas Wish Giveaway 2020.

Letters To Santa Christmas Wish Giveaway 2020

IT’S FREE! How it Works

It’s 100% FREE to Participate in Letters to Santa

We are giving away Christmas gifts to randomly chosen participants.  You have until December 18th, 2020 to participate.  Please see below for terms and conditions. All Sweepstakes Official Rules Apply.

IN PERSON!

  • Come on over and pay us a visit! Visit the location of your choice: Waxahachie, Lake JacksonBaytown ER (now the preferred Outpatient ER of Altus Hospital accepting Medicare), or Altus Lumberton Hospital.
  • Submit a Drawing or a Letter to Santa of Your Favorite Xmas Memory to Santa’s Mailbox!  We have printed copies of Letters to Santa forms available as well at the reception desk of each facility.

EMAIL SANTA HIMSELF!

  • Submit a Drawing or a Letter to Santa of Your Favorite Xmas Memory at Santa@Altusemergency.com
  • Please make sure to include the following details: Name, Age, and the Altus location that you live nearest to (Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton & Waxahachie).
  • Follow our social media pages to find out if you won!  The draw date is December 18th, 2020.

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!

Letters to Santa Terms & Conditions:

  • Disclosure:  Please keep in mind that submitting a letter or a drawing does not guarantee a gift and you will not be added to the drawing if you do not provide all details required (Name, age & location).
  • There will be three (3) winners per location.
  • All sweepstakes terms and conditions apply.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips 2020

Thanksgiving Safety Tips 2020

Turkey Day is Here! It’s time to be thankful and to continue to stay safe.  This year has been quite unusual as it has impacted the whole world.  Never before have we felt the impact of how the planet earth is truly the home for all and what happens on one part of our world can impact us as a whole.  However, it has also revealed the incredible capacity of our communities to pull together and do our best to prevail.  As we approach Thanksgiving, it’s time to reflect on why we have so many reasons to be thankful this year.  After all, we’ve made it this far and we have survived!  As we are all in this together, let’s do our best to stay safe.  Please keep in mind the following Thanksgiving Safety Tips 2020 to enjoy the holiday the safest way possible.

CDC Recommended Thanksgiving Safety Tips 2020

This year, many have been frustrated due to social isolation.  It is because of this that we are all truly looking forward to our Thanksgiving gatherings to spend those memorable moments with our beloved friends and family.  The CDC is recommending safety tips to ensure that we safeguard our most vulnerable loved ones to keep them safe.

  • Virtual celebrations are recommended for our most vulnerable family members
  • In-person celebrations should take place with the members of your direct household.
  • People who are not of the direct household should be considered to pose a risk.
  • Individuals coming from a community with a high level of COVID-19 will pose a higher risk.
  • The travel factor should be considered to alter the amount of risk.
  • Indoor gatherings will pose a higher risk than outdoor ones.
  • Larger groups tend to pose a higher risk than smaller ones.
  • Individuals of different households are recommended to “stay 6 feet (2 arm lengths) apart, wear masks, wash hands, and follow state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations.”
  • Please keep in mind that the behavior of each individual will ultimately post a lower or higher risk depending on whether or not they are adhering to safety measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing, proper handwashing & the use of drugs or alcohol.
  • If you currently have been diagnosed, have been exposed within the last 14 days, have symptoms, or are waiting for COVID-19 viral results, please consider participating during the Thanksgiving celebration by virtual means.

Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips 2020

This year the American Automobile Association (AAA), anticipates that for the first time since 2008, fewer US citizens will be traveling, in fact a potential 10% drop due to the pandemic & unemployment rate.  However, many will still seize this opportunity to visit family members.  For all who will be traveling, please keep in mind the following Thanksgiving Safety Travel Tips:

  • Plan ahead and find out about state and local restrictions as they will vary.  See the AAA’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map .
  • Try to pack water and snacks to reduce the stops along the route, to help reduce the risk of exposure.
  • Check the weather along your route, make sure to subscribe to a service that can provide updates, and drive around storms never through.
  • Make sure everyone in the car is wearing their seat belts.
  • Follow all proper child seat and booster seat guidelines according to their age, height and weight.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Don’t drive if you are extremely tired, it is better if you stop and rest for a bit, or have one of your companions take the wheel while you rest.
  • Do not text while you are driving, it is deadly and illegal.
  • Respect the speed limit, road signs, and general rules of the road.
  • Keep your distance from other vehicles.
  • Make sure your windshield is clean, and headlights, taillights, and signal lights are all working properly.
  • Turn your headlights on at dusk, or if it is raining.

Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips

Thanksgiving Safety Tips are particularly important to keep in mind when cooking. For those of you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, safety should be your number one priority, there are many to consider:

Common Sense Food Safety Tips

  • Only people in good health illness-free should prepare the meal as viruses can spread to the guests.
  • Wash your hands before any food preparation.
  • Wash your cutting boards, dishes, utensils, countertops & stove thoroughly before and after food preparation.
  • Keep in mind any food allergies that guests may have when selecting the recipes.
  • Separate raw meat from other foods.
  • Throw away any perishable foods that have been out at room temperature for 2 hours or more.
  • Store leftovers safely by labeling containers with the contents and dates.

Turkey Safety

This is the star of the evening, and therefore it should be handled with extreme care when you are preparing it.

  • If you are buying a fresh turkey, wait until the last possible moment and certainly no more than 2 days before cooking it, keep it in the refrigerator at a 40°F or less.
  • If your turkey is frozen, the USDA recommends you thaw it in the fridge, alternately you could use cold water or the microwave if you are running short on time.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before handling any food to prevent the spread of infection and other illnesses.
  • Do not wash the turkey, this only serves to spread viruses and bacteria onto kitchen surfaces.
  • Keep the uncooked turkey separated from other foods to avoid contamination.
  • Cook the turkey until it reaches a temperature of 165°F, fully cooking the bird is the only way to ensure any bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses has been eliminated.

Cooking Safety

Sadly, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires.  The good news is that with a little preparation and some simple Thanksgiving Safety Tips as guidelines, these can easily be avoided.

  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing and long dangling sleeves when cooking, to avoid your clothing catching fire.
  • Never leave the stove unattended.
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the stove or oven as steam or splashing from hot liquids can cause severe burns.
  • Keep children away from knives and other sharp kitchen utensils.
  • Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
  • Keep items like kitchen towels, pot holders, oven mitts, and wooden utensils away from heat sources as they could catch fire.
  • Keep your kitchen clean, grease build-up can easily start a fire.
  • Before going to bed check the oven and stove top to ensure everything is turned off.
  • Store leftovers properly in the fridge.

Have a Safe & Blessed Thanksgiving Weekend From All of Us!

Altus and its staff are thankful for our communities, for demonstrating that together we can do anything; we are honored and humbled for the trust and loyalty you have shown us, and we are thankful for the opportunity to be here to help you and your loved ones during a medical emergency.

We want everyone to have a happy and most of all safe Thanksgiving this year, so please follow and share our Thanksgiving safety tips with others.  After all, llness and injury prevention is always the best policy.

 

It’s important to keep these Thanksgiving Safety Tips 2020 to help prevent illnesses and accidents from happening.  However, it’s good to always have a plan in case that they do occur.  Please keep in mind that at Altus we are safe and open 24 hours throughout the Thanksgiving Holiday. If you happen to seriously injure yourself or someone that’s with you gets hurt or get ill, we offer free medical screening, accept Medicare and have COVID-19 testing.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend from all of us at Altus Emergency Centers!

The Importance of Radiology During an Emergency

The Importance of Emergency Radiology

Emergency radiology is an important subspecialty of medicine that has helped save countless lives in our emergency centers.

The main responsibility of an emergency radiologist is to provide a quality diagnosis of ill or injured patients using CT Scans, X-Rays, and Ultrasound machines.

Happy National Rad Tech Week 2020 to all of our wonderful radiologic tech professionals who are instrumental in helping ER physicians get to the correct diagnosis during an emergency.

Time Factor in Emergency Radiology

In the ER, time can be both our greatest ally and our worst enemy. The first hour after trauma or the beginning of symptoms is considered the golden hour.

When our doctors can accurately diagnose a patient’s condition in that first hour, patient survival rates go up, and the risk of long-term or permanent damage decreases. 

However, for doctors to accurately diagnose a patient’s injury, they rely on the expertise of our emergency radiologists who are always on site, ready to perform the necessary tests.

X-ray emergency radiology

Technology Used in Emergency Radiology

As we mentioned earlier, having the capability to immediately and correctly evaluate and diagnose a patient, helps doctors formulate the best treatment course, which will alleviate the patient’s pain, and save lives.

The key is to have access to the results as quickly as possible. And this is where technology comes in to play. 

All Altus Emergency Centers have access to the most advanced imagining technology, that provides accurate results in minutes, not hours.

CT Scan

CT Scan or CAT Scan provides clear and detailed images of the soft tissue, bones, and blood vessels in the body. 

The images produced by our CT Scans allow our emergency radiologists and physicians to diagnose and treat internal injuries and diseases.

 

CT Scans are recommended in the following cases:

  • To Diagnose Infectious Diseases
  • To Identify Muscle Disorders
  • To Visualize and Evaluate Bone Fractures
  • To Pinpoint the Location of Tumors 
  • To Study the Blood Vessels and Other Internal Structures
  • To Assess the Extent of Internal Injuries and Internal Bleeding
  • To Diagnose Heart Disease

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

X-Rays

X-rays have been used for years to diagnose internal organs and bones. 

At Altus Emergency Centers, we utilize digital x-rays which offer additional benefits compared to conventional x-rays. 

Benefits include lower radiation exposure, and better processing and storing of images.

 

In the ER, X-rays are mainly used to diagnose or evaluate the following conditions:

  • Infections Including Pneumonia
  • Broken Bones
  • Digestive Problems, including Damage to the Stomach or Intestines
  • Diagnose Kidney, Bladder, and Gallstones
  • Blocked Blood Vessels
  • Enlarged Heart
  • Locate Foreign Objects in the Body

Ultrasound

Ultrasound tests use high-frequency sound waves to capture images of the inside of a patient’s body.

The sound frequency used in ultrasounds is inaudible, and it is continuously adjusted during the procedure depending on how deep the tissue or organ being evaluated is. 

High-frequency ultrasounds are ideal for superficial imaging, while low frequencies can penetrate deeper.

 

Doctors may request an ultrasound for a patient when:

  • Abdominal Trauma
  • Acute Abdomen, Liver, Gall Bladder and Urinary Pain
  • Infection
  • Are Pregnant

All our radiology tests are safe, non-invasive, and painless. The best part is results are available within minutes, which allows our doctors to formulate a personalized treatment course for each patient.

In addition to having the most advanced radiology equipment, Altus Emergency Centers employs the best emergency radiologists who have the experience and knowledge necessary to save lives.

Altus Rad Tech Gallery

At Altus, we are blessed to have some of the most brilliant rad techs within our ranks.  We have four locations within our Altus Family:  Altus Baytown ER, Altus Emergency Lake Jackson, Altus Lumberton Hospital and Altus Emergency Waxahachie.  All four facilities are open 24/7 with on-site imaging technology and ER rad tech professionals.  Let’s get to some them!

 

Enjoy a slide show of our rad techs at work and play.  If you should recognize one, don’t be shy about thanking them for the great service they provide to our communities.

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!

Tips for a Safe Halloween in 2020

Tips for a Safe Halloween During COVID-19

Our lives have changed in many ways since the pandemic’s start putting our coping mechanism to the test.

Perhaps one of the most radical changes brought on by COVID-19 is the way we socialize. Physical distancing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

So how can we celebrate Halloween safely?

Tips for a Safe Halloween

In the last few days, some counties have banned door-to-door trick or treating over safety concerns. Others are strongly recommending you skip the activity this year.

So, the first thing you should do is check the recommendations of your local health officials.

Trick-or-treating is an outdoor activity and, therefore, safer as you have some control when it comes to physical distancing. An added plus is you can work in a fun face mask into your child’s costume.

If you decide to trick or treat this year, here are some tips to protect your family from COVID-19

  1. Don’t replace your face covering with a Halloween mask. Specially made fabric or surgical masks work better at preventing the spread of the virus. Most of the materials used in Halloween masks are not be enough to prevent viral transmission.
  2. Parents should line their children and only have one child at the door at a time. By avoiding gatherings at your neighbor’s door, you can help keep everyone safe
  3. Local health authorities recommend you stay close to home and keep your trick or treating party small. You should avoid going to neighborhoods where you are not sure how the virus is spreading
  4. Encourage children to bring hand sanitizer and use it frequently as they are more likely to touch their face while adjusting their costume
  5. Once you arrive home, the first thing to do is have everyone wash their hands with soap and water
  6. Don’t let your children eat any of the treats before you get home. Their hands may be dirty, and this increased their risk of getting sick not only with COVID-19 but also with the flu or stomach

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

General Safety Tips for Trick Or Treating

If your child has an allergic reaction, please don’t hesitate, bring them to the nearest Altus Emergency Center as soon as possible.

Halloween is a fun time for everyone in the family. Even though we may need to celebrate differently this year, Halloween can still be a joyous occasion if we follow the safety recommendations.

Although COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind these days, it is not the only health concern this time of year. Flu season is about to start, and if not treated, it could cause severe illness and complications.

If you or your child are not feeling well, it’s best to stay home. If you notice symptoms are getting worse, visit the nearest Altus Emergency Center, so our doctors can evaluate your symptoms and help you recover.

Tips for a Safe Halloween

If your child has an allergic reaction, please don’t hesitate, bring them to the nearest Altus Emergency Center as soon as possible.

Halloween is a fun time for everyone in the family. Even though we may need to celebrate differently this year, Halloween can still be a joyous occasion if we follow the safety recommendations.

Although COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind these days, it is not the only health concern this time of year. Flu season is about to start, and if not treated, it could cause severe illness and complications.

If you or your child are not feeling well, it’s best to stay home. If you notice symptoms are getting worse, visit the nearest Altus Emergency Center, so our doctors can evaluate your symptoms and help you recover.

Safe Alternative for Halloween!

If you are looking for a safe alternative for trick-or-treating in 2020?  We welcome you to come to our FREE Trick-Or-Treat Drive Through Events!  It’s a great opportunity to get free candy safely by Halloween personalities. Just Drive Through with your car or broomstick, no need to even get out!

We encourage that you fly off to tell your friends! The more, the scarier!

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

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

Check-In Online

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!

Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips for Halloween

Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips

Fall is here, y’all! That means it’s pumpkin carving season!

Pumpkin carving is a favorite family fall tradition for many of us. From going out to the pumpkin patch, to selecting the perfect orange spheres.  Then, on to picking the scariest faces to carve into them.  Creating a unique Jack O’Lantern to light up your porch is a fun activity for everyone in your family!

However, this fun family activity can be hazardous; after all, you need to use sharp objects to make these spooky creations.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported 4,500 Halloween-related injuries treated in the ER in 2018. Of these, 27% included lacerations, ingestions, and other wounds associated with pumpkins, decorations, or costumes.

44% of Halloween-related injuries are from pumpkin carving.

Most of the injuries we see from pumpkin carving related accidents are stab wounds to the hand either in the fingers or the palm. Some stab wounds are severe enough to cause damage to tendons, nerves, or puncture an artery. We also see many cuts that require stitches.

To avoid getting hurt and having to pay us an unscheduled visit, we’ve put together a list of simple safety tips for you and your family.

Use a Pumpkin Carving Kit

Purchase a pumpkin carving kit at your local convenience store or purchase one online. They are relatively inexpensive and much safer than using a regular kitchen knife.

One of the biggest problems with using a sharp knife is that it often gets stuck in the thick skin of the pumpkin, and it requires force to remove it, which increases the chances of the knife slipping or cutting through to the other side where your hand might be holding the pumpkin.

Carving kits, on the other hand, have specially designed tools that can saw through the tough skin, poke holes, and scoop out the seeds. What is unique about these tools is that although they get the job done, they are not razor-sharp.

Leave The Top on While Carving

Most of us make the mistake of removing the top of the pumpkin along with the seeds before we start carving.

However, this can be dangerous as you will be tempted to place your hand inside the pumpkin to hold it while cutting out the face features. With your hand inside, if your tool slips you run the risk of cutting yourself.

Instead of removing the top, try cutting out the bottom of the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. This way you can later place the Jack O’Lanter on top of the battery-operated light to illuminate it.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Don’t Let Kids Carve

You can include the smallest members of your household by having them help scoop out the innards and select the Jack O’Lantern stencil design, or have them draw the face themselves.

The one thing you should never allow is for kids to handle sharp objects. If you have adolescents and you want to teach them how to carve, make sure there is always an adult closely supervising their work.

Always Cut Away From Your Hands

Proper cutting techniques may seem obvious, but when you are trying to get your carving done fast you may forget to check where your hands are.

Remember knives, and other carving tools are bound to slip at some point, and if you are not careful your fingers might be in the way, and you could get seriously hurt.

If You Get Hurt, Come to Altus Emergency Centers ASAP!

Even when you try to be careful, pumpkin carving accidents can still happen. If you get hurt and your wound is deep, or you can’t get it to stop bleeding you need medical attention.

Deep wounds need to be thoroughly cleaned by a medical professional, and you will probably require antibiotics to prevent infections.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are all about family traditions, and pumpkin carving is at the heart of the fall season. This Halloween season make sure your pumpkin carving activities are fun and safe for everyone.

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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!

Honor Our Heroes by Celebrating Safely Memorial Day Weekend

Honor Our Heroes by Celebrating Safely

This Memorial Day, we encourage you to join us in paying tribute to our fallen heroes. Traditionally this special celebration is reserved for those courageous men and women in uniform who died protecting our freedom and way of life.

This year we are fighting a silent war against an invisible enemy who has taken the lives of far too many loved ones. The fight against COVID-19 has created a new type of hero in the form of healthcare workers and first responders. This year we would also like to honor them for paying the ultimate price while trying to keep us all safe.

To all our heroes and their families, we are eternally grateful.

Celebrating Memorial Day Safely

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, which means outdoor parties and BBQs are on everyone’s mind.

COVID-19 concerns surround this year’s celebrations. Therefore, we encourage you to use extra precautions and continue to follow all sanitary recommendations and practice social distancing. The good news is you can still have lots of fun.

 

Grill Safely

We are looking forward to spending time with our loved ones, and gathering around the grill to chat is something that comes naturally. However, this year, make sure to keep a safe distance of at least 6-feet between you and any other guests

During the summer months, we see our fair share of grill-related burn injuries. This year, we want to minimize these so please keep in mind these safety tips:

  • Don’t leave the grill unattended while you are using it.
  • Never add charcoal fluid, gasoline or other flammable substances to the coals once lit
  • Don’t grill inside the house, under a tent, inside a camper or any other enclosed area
  • Keep your kids and pets away from the grill once you’ve started the fire
  • Always grill in a well-ventilated area away from the house, trees, and anything that could catch fire
  • Use long-handled utensils made for grilling

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Stay Close to Home

Many of us take advantage of the holiday to go on a long road trip. With the current public health crisis staying close to home is recommended. Instead of visiting friends and family who live far away, schedule a virtual video call to catch up.

Staying close to home can save you money and help lower the risk of infection. So plan to visit a nearby park, or take the family on a bike ride in your neighborhood.

 

Water Safety

If you plan on going to a pool party or tubing in a river, remember to follow all state and local officials’ safety recommendations.

Social distancing rules still apply even in the water. This means you need to be vigilant and keep a safe distance between you and other people who don’t live with you.

Also, don’t share snorkels, goggles, nose clips, or other personal items.

 

Honor Our Fallen Veterans

Memorial Day is the perfect time to pay our respects to our local fallen heroes if you can visit their graves and monuments in or around your community. 

Call their relatives if you know them to let them know you are thinking of them, we guarantee it will mean the world to them.

Need Help?  Rural County Contacts

Altus Emergency Centers remain open to treat any emergency. We follow strict safety protocols and screen anyone who visits our centers. If you need medical attention, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

We are an authorized provider for TRICARE, and it’s an honor for us to be able to provide care for all members of the military. Additionally, our locations in Lumberton and Baytown accept Medicare recipients.

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Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

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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!

Tips to Avoid Holiday Illnesses and Injuries

Tips to Avoid Holiday Illnesses and Injuries

The Holiday Season is a time of joy and cheers and for creating beautiful memories with loved ones. But if you are not careful, you can get injured during this busy time, and then we can assure you won’t be laughing all the way, you will be dashing to our emergency room.

Luckily, the experts at Altus Emergency are available to share some safety tips and to get your health back on track if you need it so you can enjoy your holiday season.

Holiday Illnesses and Injuries

Unfortunately, holiday-related injuries are more common than any of us would like. According to an annual report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

  • Emergency rooms in America attended more than 166,000 toy-related injuries in 2018
  • Sadly, 17 children died as a result of their toy-related injury
  • Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fires
  • In 2017 there more than 18,000 cases of holiday decorating-related injuries treated in emergency rooms
  • In 2018 there were five reported deaths linked to holiday decorating-related injuries

Holiday Safety Tips

Nothing would make us happier than to see all of you happy and healthy spending the Holidays at home. While accidents don’t make any exceptions, there are ways to minimize your risk of injury or illness.

Follow these helpful tips so you can remain injury-free during Christmas, after-Christmas and New Year’s.

Food Safety Tips

Let’s begin food safety with making an attempt to not overeat during this festive time, we know it’s hard but at least try.  While at first an upset stomach may not be considered to be counted as an example of a holiday illnesses and injuries,  it may be the sign of something more complex. The following are some food safety tips that will help prevent a potential food-related emergency:

  • Keep your hands and kitchen surfaces clean
  • Keep raw meats, fish, and eggs away from ready-to-eat foods
  • Cook foods to the proper temperature
  • Put leftovers in the fridge immediately
Tips to Avoid Holiday Illnesses and Injuries food safety tips

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Prevent the Spread of The Common Cold and Flu

  • Avoid hugging, kissing, or being close to someone that is coughing or has a runny nose
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Stay home from work, school, or social gatherings when you are sick

Kitchen Safety Tips

  • During the Holidays, we spend more time in the kitchen, and that increases our risk of getting hurt there. To help prevent cooking-related injuries, keep in mind these tips.

    • Don’t leave food unattended when cooking
    • Remember to slice away from your hand
    • Focus on the task at hand. Distractions cause injuries
    • Avoid wearing loose clothing while cooking
    • Keep dish towels and food packaging away from heat sources to prevent them from catching on fire
Tips to Avoid Holiday Illnesses and Injuries Kitchen Safety

Preventing Holiday Decorating-Related Injuries

Prepping your home for the Holidays can also pose a health hazard. To minimize your risk of injury, remember the following:

  • Don’t let anyone inhale artificial snow sprays, as these can irritate the lungs
  • Avoid Holiday decorations that are sharp and breakable
  • Make sure you use the correct type of decorative lights for your outdoor decorations
  • Always have someone help you put up decorations, especially if you are using a ladder
  • Check all your Christmas lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, and loose connections
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No matter how careful or prepared you think you are, accidents still happen. For that reason, all our facilities will remain open 24/7 during this Holiday Season.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us!

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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!

Letters to Eddie – Christmas Wish Giveaway

Letters to Eddie Clause. Making Christmas Wishes Come True!

At Altus Emergency, our best friend Eddie Rescue, simply loves making children happy.  Not only that but he is also an old pal of Santa himself!  In order to bring an extra dose of healthy cheer, this year Eddie decided that he will help Santa spread the Christmas spirit.  It’s just like Eddie to help out!  Well, he understands that Santa has a ton of mail to go through so he requested that we create a Letters to Eddie mailbox so that he can help Santa sort out his mail and more kids happy!

We encourage you to enter the Letters to Eddie Christmas Wish Giveaway!

Eddie Wants to Hear from You!  Write Him Today to Enter!

It’s super easy to participate in the Letters to Eddie Free Christmas Wish Giveaway.  He can’t wait to read your letters and see your beautiful drawings.  You have actually three ways to enter the giveaway!

It’s free to participate with no purchase necessary.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are here for all of your emergency medical needs and would like to thank you for choosing us as your preferred ER.  It’s great to know that we can be here for you to get you well fast and back to enjoying life. We invite all of you to enter our Letters to Eddie Free Christmas Wish Giveaway.

IT’S FREE! How it Works

It’s 100% FREE to Participate in Letters to Eddie

We are giving away Christmas gifts to randomly chosen participants.  The winners will be announced on Friday, December 20th, 2019.  Please see below for terms and conditions. All Sweepstakes Official Rules Apply.

1.  IN PERSON!

  • Come on over and pay us a visit! Visit the location of your choice: Waxahachie, Lake Jackson, or  Baytown ER (now the preferred Outpatient ER of Altus Hospital accepting Medicare).
  • Printed copies of Letters to Eddie forms and Eddie’s mailbox located at the reception desk of each facility.

2.  THROUGH FACEBOOK

  • Visit the location of your choice’s Facebook page: Waxahachie, Lake Jackson, or  Baytown ER (now the preferred Outpatient ER of Altus Hospital accepting Medicare).
  • Locate the Letters to Eddie post and submit the “Letters to Eddie” form.

3.  FROM RIGHT HERE! Use the Letters to Eddie form below.

Please feel free to fill in the form below to participate in the Free Letters to Eddie Christmas Wish Giveaway.

For more information on the four prize options, please see terms and conditions below.

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!

Letters to Eddie Terms & Conditions:

  • Four Prize Options:  Bicycle, Game System, Ball (football, basketball or baseball and bat), Toys (Barbie, Hot Wheels, etc.)
  • Disclosure:  Please keep in mind that filling in the form doesn’t guarantee a gift and you will not be added to the drawing if the entire information is not filled out.
  • For Waxahachie and Lake Jackson:  One winner picked per category.
  • For Baytown: One winner total, not per category.

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