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Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

June is Men’s Health Month, a full month dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of keeping the men in our lives healthy. For this reason, we’ve decided to list the top Common Reasons Men Visit the ER and offer ways to improve the overall health of men in our communities.

These are the top reasons men visit our ER’s

Chest Pains

Every year we treat many patients who come to us complaining of chest pains. Although this type of pain is usually associated with cardiac arrest or heart attack, it can also indicate the presence of other health problems.

Chest pains are of particular concern for anyone who has other chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, or heart disease.

Chest pains that are also accompanied by pressure-like or “burning sensation, nausea, sweating, or shortness of breath needs immediate medical attention.

Abdominal Pain

Altus Emergency Centers is synonymous of excellence among providers of emergency medical care in all the communities they serve.

Their decision to become CIHQ accredited is proof of their continued promise of providing the best care to the residents of Waxahachie and Lake Jackson.

Having accreditation status helps ensure that patients receive excellent emergency care that far exceeds minimum standards for safe, quality healthcare. This way, patients can rest easy knowing they are in the best hands.

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

Sprains and Broken Bones

Both injuries can happen to anyone regardless of their age or physical condition. Sprains and broken bones are often the results of accidents or twisting of joints while playing sports or doing other physical activities.

Mild sprains don’t require medical attention. By just letting the joint rest for a few days, the injury will usually pass. However, if the injury causes severe pain or it makes moving the joint difficult, you need emergency medical attention.

Likewise, if you suspect you’ve fractured a bone, come to the ER to get evaluated.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Upper Respiratory Infections

Most upper respiratory infections are the result of viral infections, although in some cases, bacteria can also cause infections.

Most of the visits at the ER are due to complications from the common cold and flu viruses, which, if left unattended, could lead to more severe conditions.

Cuts and Contusions

Cuts and contusions are common reasons to visit our ER’s. Most cuts are the result of accidents while handling knives, power tools, and other machinery.

Deep cuts that require stitches or those with severe bleeding need immediate medical attention.

Contusions or bruises are typically the results of trauma. Trauma to the head, neck, or back requires medical attention. Severe injury to other parts of the body should also be evaluated by a medical professional.

Back Pain

Back pain-related ER visits are more common than you might think. Accidents, sport-related injuries, lifting heavy items, and repetitive motion at work are the most common causes of back pain.

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

5 Ways To Improve Men’s Health

Most men already know that eating well, not smoking, drinking less alcohol, and staying physically active is essential for staying healthy.

Here we offer a few additional tips to help improve the health of the men in the communities we serve.

 

Protect Yourself

 

We know you love to stay active and do handy work around the house but protecting yourself while you do what you love needs to be a priority.

Make sure you use the right protective gear like helmets, safety goggles, and gloves when doing handy work. Also, don’t forget to apply sunscreen and insect repellant when outdoors.

 

Manage Stress

 

Take time every day or at least a couple of days a week to do something you enjoy; you deserve it!

Do your best to keep a positive attitude. This doesn’t mean masking your emotions for the sake of others; it’s about embracing the small blessings we each get every day and see how these simple things help make our lives better.

Get plenty of sleep; experts recommend you get between 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

 

Get Regular Check-Ups and Screenings

 

Regular check-ups and health screenings to address the unique healthcare needs of men can go a long way in protecting your health. Speak to your family doctor about your risk factors for certain diseases and formulate a plan to lower the risk or improve the management of your condition.

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

At Altus Emergency Centers, we know the best way to save a life is through prevention. We are committed to helping men in our communities improve their overall health so they can live longer fuller lives.

We want to remind you that all our centers remain open 24/7 to attend any emergency you face.

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!

Spring Allergies Survival Guide

Spring Allergies Survival Guide

How to Survive the “April Showers” of Texas

Ah, the joys of spring! We get to enjoy longer warmer days, fresh air, blooming fields, and allergies.

That’s right folks, at Altus Emergency Centers we are getting ready for allergy season. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who experience seasonal allergies, so should you!

learn how to survive spring allergies in Texas

What Causes Spring Allergies

Allergens, those pesky little airborne particles are the ones responsible for sending our immune systems into overdrive causing one or more of the following symptoms: sneezing, a stuffy or a runny nose, watery eyes, coughing and itchy eyes and nose.

The most common allergens this time of year are:

  • – Pollen
  • – Mold Spores
  • – Dust
pollen is the biggest cause of spring allergies

Pollen is by far the biggest spring allergy trigger. It gets wisped into the air by blooming flowers, trees, grasses, and weeds.  Most noteworthy in Spring, these tiny grains get released into the air as part of their pollination process.

This is an entirely natural and beautiful process necessary for the renewal of nature.  Unfortunately, for the countless Americans who suffer from allergies, spring can be a complete torture.  But do you really understand why? First, their immune system mistakenly sees pollen as a dangerous substance. Next, it overreacts by releasing antibodies to combat it.  As a result, you experience those terrible annoying allergy symptoms.

Preventing or Minimizing Your Spring Allergies

Although there are countless medications that can control the symptoms of seasonal allergies, it is always best to avoid getting them in the first place.

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  • – Get a Head Start: If you already know you have spring allergies, then the best thing you can do is to start taking your allergy medication before you show any symptoms. Taking a daily antihistamine or applying nasal spray can reduce the symptoms.
  • – Keep an Eye on Your Local Pollen Count: The level of pollen in the air is higher during breezy days when the wind picks up these microscopic grains, during rainy days the allergens are practically washed away. You can check the pollen count in your area by entering your zip code here.
  • – Avoid the Outdoors: We know this is not the best way to spend these beautiful spring days, but, limiting your time outdoors will help prevent or at least reduce the severity of your allergy symptoms.
  • – Use Your Air Conditioner: Close the windows of your home, office, and car and turn on your air conditioner unit.  You should make sure the filters are cleaned on a regular basis to avoid dust, and mold from accumulating in the vents and filters.
  • – Shower After Any Outdoor Activity: Spring is a lovely time to renew your garden and play outside with your kids. If you know you will be spending time outdoors make sure to take your antihistamine medication before you leave your home, and shower upon returning. Pollen is sticky, and it can cling to your skin, hair, and clothing and then transfer to your couch and rugs where it can continue to cause allergic reactions.
  • – Determine Your Allergy Profile: Pollen from different trees, flowers, grasses, and weeds affect everyone differently, you should make an appointment with an allergy specialist to determine which types of pollen affect you most.

Know When You Need to Visit the ER

For most allergy sufferers spring allergies pose nothing more than annoying symptoms that are usually controlled with some over the counter medications, however, sometimes your antihistamine may not be enough to control them.

severe spring allergy symptoms

Anytime you experience severe and sudden symptoms especially those that make breathing difficult you should seek immediate emergency medical attention.

You could be experiencing anaphylaxis, a type of allergic reaction that is rapid, severe, and could become life-threatening.

  • – Rashes or hives anywhere on the body
  • – Inability to breathe well or at all
  • – A sense of impending doom
  • – Swelling of throat and mouth
  • – Difficulty in swallowing or speaking
  • – Severe asthma
  • – A sudden feeling of weakness (low blood pressure)
  • – Collapse and unconsciousness

Altus Emergency Centers are equipped with the necessary medications, equipment, and qualified staff to control any type of allergic reaction.There is no time to lose waiting in line during this or any type of emergency.  We are open 24/7 with no lines.

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24-hour ER services?

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

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

Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe from Respiratory Illnesses

Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe from Respiratory Illnesses

Flu season is anything but over; in fact, the CDC reported just last week that they’d seen an increase in cases across most of the country.

Flu and other respiratory viruses can attack at any time. However, we usually see a decrease in cases this time of year as the weather warms up, so this rise in cases is unexpected.

As a parent, you want to do everything in your power to protect your child from any harm, including illnesses. So, we’ve prepared a list of helpful tips you can use to keep your children healthy.

Check out our Great Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe from Respiratory Illnesses

Instill Healthy Hygiene Habits

The first order of business needs to be discussing the importance of good hygiene with your children. After this, teach them a few simple ways they can use to keep unwanted germs and viruses from spreading.

Here are some examples:

Sneezing into the Bend of Your Elbow – if your child doesn’t have a tissue, tell them to sneeze into the elbow bend rather than their hands. This way, it will be harder for germs to spread.

 

Throw Tissues Away After Using Them – Paper tissues are single-use! Instruct your child to throw the tissue into the trashcan after blowing their nose, sneezing, or wiping away mucus.secondhand smoke raises the risk of ear infections, lower respiratory infections, other respiratory problems in children.

child sneezing into elboy

Wash Your Hands – Kids need to wash their hands often, especially after playing with other children, riding the bus, or being in public places. Teach your kids to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If handwashing isn’t possible, then use a hand sanitizer.

 

Avoid Touching Your Face Unnecessarily – The average person touches their face 23 times an hour, and children are likely doing so more often. Train your children to avoid touching their nose, mouth, and eyes to help prevent respiratory illnesses.

  • If Possible, Avoid Sharing Toys, Crayons, Scissors, and Other School Materials – If your child must share school supplies, make sure they know to wash their hands once they finish using them.
child with toys

Eat a Healthily

Nutrition is the basis for good health. Therefore, make sure your family gets plenty of veggies and fruits which are packed with vitamins to help them stay healthy.

Replace unhealthy snacks with fruits and nuts. You can even combine them; how does a sliced apple with a bit of peanut butter sound? Yum!

children eating healthy food

Keep Your Kids Well Hydrated

When it comes to keeping your child healthy, hydration needs to be a big part.

Here is how much your child should drink each day:

  • 1 to 3 years old – need 3 to 4 cups of liquid
  • 4 to 7 years old – need 5 cups of liquid
  • 8 and older – need 8 cups of liquid

Water is the best option, but you can also offer them milk and fruit juices without added sugar. Please remember, if your child is out playing in the sun, they may need more hydration.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep is the foundation of good health. Children who get adequate sleep have healthier immune systems that help protect them from respiratory illnesses.

child getting good sleep

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

When to go to the ER

Regardless of how much you try to protect your child, viral infections are sometimes inevitable. In most cases, your child can recover safely at home, but you need to seek medical help if complications arise.

Please come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if you notice any of the following:

  • Your child has trouble breathing
  • They are gasping for air or wheezing when they breathe
  • They have trouble swallowing or are refusing to take any liquids
  • They’ve been sick for a few days, and their symptoms are not improving
  • They have a fever that won’t go down

Altus Emergency Centers is always open and ready to care for your child when you need us to.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we have pediatric examining rooms designed to make the experience of a visit to the ER less scary.

Our doctors and nurses will take care of your child as if it were their own and help get them healthy again.

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!

Toddler Ear Infection Prevention, Symptoms

Toddler Ear Infection Prevention, Symptoms & When to go to the ERs

Ear infections in toddlers are extremely common, and they can develop at any moment. Often, they happen during the weekend or late at night, where getting a hold of your pediatrician isn’t so easy.

If your little one develops symptoms of an ear infection, here’s how to make sure you get them the best medical care.

Preventing Ear Infections

The best way to deal with an ear infection is to prevent it from happening. Here are some steps you can take to help decrease the risk of your little one developing an ear infection.

  • Vaccinate your child: Vaccinations help reduce the risk of bacterial infections, including ear infections. So, make sure to keep up to date with your children’s vaccination schedule
  • Breastfeed your baby: Breast milk provides essential antibodies that may help reduce the risk of an ear infection and other illnesses. When feeding your baby, place them in a sit-up position to prevent milk and other fluids from flowing into the middle ear.
  • Wash your hands: Infections result from exposure to viruses and bacteria. The best way to protect your child is by frequently washing your hands and theirs with soap and water for a full 20 seconds.
  • Stay away from sick people: If possible, try to keep your children away from others who are ill.
  • Beware of secondhand smoke: Exposure to secondhand smoke raises the risk of ear infections, lower respiratory infections, other respiratory problems in children.

Symptoms of an Ear Infection in Babies and Toddlers

About 50% of children will have had at least one ear infection by their second birthday. But because they may not be able to express what they are feeling, it’s important to know what symptoms to look out for so you can get them the help they need.

The best telltale sign of an ear infection is a pain in or around the ear. However, that is not the only symptom. The following signs will help you determine if their symptoms are those of an ear infection.

  • Pulling or tugging at their ear
  • Your child is inconsolable, irritable, and continues to cry
  • They have difficulty sleeping
  • They have a fever
  • You notice fluid draining from their ear
  • You see, they are having a hard time hearing
  • Loss of balance

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

When to go to the ER

Your child needs immediate medical attention when:

  • They develop a high fever that won’t go down with medication
  • They are clearly in severe pain
  • They become lethargic – you have a hard time waking them up, they are slow to respond, or seem unusually inactive or sleepy
  • They have trouble eating or drinking or refuse to do so
  • They are dehydrated – They are not urinating normally, they don’t shed tears when crying, or you notice their lips are dry cracked
  • You see bloody or pus-like discharge coming out of their ears

At Altus Emergency Centers, we have pediatric examining rooms designed to make the experience of a visit to the ER less scary.

Our doctors and nurses will take care of your child as if it were their own and help get them healthy again.

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!

What is Croup? Prevention, Signs & When to go to the ER

What is Croup?

Prevention, Signs & When to go to the ER

If you notice your child suddenly develops a barking cough, has trouble breathing, or makes a whistling sound when breathing, it could be croup.

Most cases of this illness are mild, but the condition can be serious, especially in infants and young children.

What Is Croup?

Croup is a respiratory infection caused by different viruses. The illness causes the upper airways to swell, making breathing difficult.

The condition usually affects children under five and can last between five and six days. However, complications such as ear infections and pneumonia can happen.

Way to Prevent the Spread of Croup

Like other viral respiratory infections, croup can spread through physical contact or the air. The following tips can help prevent the spread of croup in your household and community.

  • Wash your hands before and after caring for your baby or young child
  • Wash toys frequently, especially if your children share them with others
  • Urge your child to cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid sending your child to school or daycare if they are ill or when the school informs you of an outbreak
  • Teach your children the proper way to wash their hands and when to wash them
  • Throw away used tissues

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

What are the Symptoms of Croup?

At first, your child may have cold-like symptoms like a runny nose, congestion, and a slight cough. But over time, the cough worsens, sounding like a barking seal. Their voice can become hoarse, and they can also start making a high-pitch, wheezing sound when they breathe in.

The loud cough and wheezing sounds when breathing result from inflammation in the voice box, windpipe, and upper airways, which make it hard to breathe.

Croup can also cause your child to breathe very fast or have what is known as retractions; this happens when the skin pulls tight around their ribs.

In severe cases, the sick child may look pale or have a bluish color around their mouth due to a lack of oxygen; if you notice this, please call 911 immediately.

Croup can cause redness around the eyes, a rash, and swollen lymph nodes in babies. In addition, some children may develop a fever.

Symptoms of croup tend to worsen at night or when your child becomes upset or is crying.

Warning Signs of When to Call 911 or Head to the Nearest ER

Thankfully, most cases of croup are mild, and you can safely treat them at home. However, always listen to your intuition if you think your child’s illness is serious.

The following are signs of an emergency, and you should seek medical help for them as soon as possible:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Fast or labored breathing
  • Retractions (when the skin around the ribcage sucks inward while breathing)
  • Trouble swallowing
  • High-pitched noise when taking breaths
  • Unusual paleness or bluish color around their mouth

Dehydration is another danger associated with croup. Please head to the nearest ER if you notice your child is not urinating or if they have very dark urine.

Other warning signs of dehydration include:

  • Your baby sheds no tears when crying
  • Dry mouth
  • Sunken eyes
  • Exhaustion

If you feel your child needs immediate medical help to improve their breathing, don’t hesitate to bring them to the nearest Altus Emergency Center. We have special pediatric examing rooms and qualified medical staff to care for your baby.

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!

Winter Safety Tips for Kids

Winter Safety Tips for Kids

The recent winter storms have taken many of us by surprise. Unfortunately, when the weather suddenly turns cold, kids face new dangers that we as parents need to be aware of so we can protect them.

But just because it’s cold outside, it doesn’t mean our young ones can’t enjoy themselves. These winter safety tips will help keep your children warm and healthy through the cold weather season.

The Power of Layers

Keeping your child warm is the number one priority. If your children are playing outside or going to school, make sure to dress them in layers. This way, they can remove their coats while inside and still be comfortable.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends dressing young children and babies in one more layer than you would wear in the same conditions.

Perfect Time to Accessorise

We’re not talking about your kids becoming fashion icons, although they can if they want to. But cold-weather accessories like gloves, scarfs, and warm boots are an excellent way to keep them comfortable

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Beware of Clothing Hazards

Avoid using clothing with strings or ties like hoodies on small children as these can pose a choking hazard. If you can’t find options without them, then remove the strings, cords, or ties.

Scarfs can also be a hazard for young children. To keep them warm, try using neck warmers instead of scarves.

Additionally, if the weather is cold and damp, make sure to remove wet clothes and shoes immediately. Staying in wet garments can lead to hypothermia.

Bring the Fun Indoors

If the weather is frigid, it’s best to bring the fun indoors. Try to limit the time your kids play outside, and instead think of fun activities for them to do at home. For example, try baking cookies with them, or doing family game night.

Make Your Home a Safe Haven

Your home needs to be a warm and cozy refuge for your family, which means taking all necessary precautions.

During cold weather, you need to beware of carbon monoxide poisoning. To avoid a tragedy, please check your heating devices to make sure they are working correctly and not emitting dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Just as important, take all necessary measures to prevent an accidental burn injury. Place a barrier around fireplaces such as baby gates to prevent burns.

Wear Sunscreen and Keep Hydrated

Children can still get sunburned during a winter spell, and it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated during these winter spells too.

Make sure to apply sunscreen on their faces before they go outside to avoid skin damage.

Additionally, cold, dry air can lead to your children losing water as they breathe. Therefore, they need to replenish fluids frequently even if they are not sweating. Soups and hot beverages are excellent options to keep them warm and hydrated.

Preventing Colds and Other Respiratory Infections

When the weather outside turns cold, the risk of coming down with a cold or flu also increases. But you can help keep your children safe by:

  • Washing their hands with soap and water regularly
  • Teaching them to cover their mouth and nose when they sneeze or cough
  • Don’t send them to school if they are feeling unwell
  • Keep them away from other sick children

When to Go to the ER

Please bring your child to the nearest Altus ER if you see any of the following symptoms:

  • They are having trouble breathing
  • They have a high fever that won’t come down with medication
  • They fell and hit their head
  • Your baby is not urinating enough
  • Your child is sluggish

Winter is a beautiful time of year. And with a bit of planning and some extra precautions, you and your family can be ready to enjoy it to the fullest.

Altus Emergency Centers will continue to be here for the community helping to save lives. However, we urge you to please do what is in your power to keep your family safe. Remember, prevention is always the best option.

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!

How to Keep Young Children Safe from Omicron

How to Keep Young Children Safe from Omicron

Waves of COVID-19 continue to batter the country leaving parents with small children wondering how best to keep their kids safe.

The coronavirus continues to mutate; the current dominant variant is called Omicron. Although it produces milder illness in many cases, it is still straining hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Additionally, Omicron is affecting children more than previous variants.

According to COVID-NET, the hospitalization rate for the week ending on Jan 22 for children aged 0-4 who are still not eligible for the vaccine was 7.1 per 100,000. While the rate for children aged 5-17 was 2.2 per 100,000. Even though these numbers are higher than those seen in past months, the good news is that data shows the hospitalization rate going down.

However, new variants continue to appear; this week, scientists said they were studying a new sub-variant of Omicron detected in various states known as BA. 2.

We still don’t know much about BA. 2, including whether it causes more severe symptoms and spreads faster than other variants or which population is most at risk. Therefore, as parents, we must continue to protect our children.

The increase in pediatric Omicron illnesses and hospitalizations is naturally a source of anxiety if you are a parent. Still, there are ways to help reduce your child’s risk of infection. Here are a few ways you can help keep your children safe from Omicron.

Get Vaccinated

If you have children under the age of 5, one way to help keep them safe is to make sure that all adults and children age five and up in the family are fully vaccinated.

Check Your Children’s Risk Factors

Your family is unique, and therefore the risk factors for your children can be different. However, here are some considerations for you to take into account:

  • Are any of your children immunocompromised, or do they have any illnesses that could increase their risk for severe COVID-19 disease?
  • Are your children under the age of five and therefore not eligible for the vaccine?
  • Are your kids attending in-person classes at school, or do they go to daycare?

Keep in mind that the more contact your children have with people outside of your family, the greater their chances of catching a virus, be it the flu or the coronavirus

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Speak to Your Children

It’s not always easy to explain to small children what is happening, especially when safety guidelines are changing all the time.

But children are fast learners, and they have an enormous capacity to adapt, so don’t underestimate them.

There are several children’s books that can help you approach the subject and make it easier for your kids to understand what is going on.

You can download some of these books for free from The American Psychological Association (APA) website. To check them out, click here.

Continue to Follow All Safety Measures

Teach your children the importance of washing their hands and why they should never touch their faces or eat with dirty hands.

It’s also a good idea to teach them not to share eating utensils or drink out of other children’s glasses. This habit can keep them safe from many illnesses, not just COVID-19.

Buy them size-appropriate masks to wear when safe social distancing is not possible.

Want to Know More About the Omicron Variant?

Altus Emergency Centers will continue to be here for the community helping to save lives. However, we urge you to please do what is in your power to keep your family safe. Remember, prevention is always the best option.

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!

Never Fear a Surprise Bill Again!

Never Fear a Surprise Bill Again!

As the new year rolls in, the “No Surprises Act” consumer protection law will go into effect. This legislation bans most unexpected medical charges from out-of-network providers.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are thrilled about this news and applaud lawmakers’ efforts to protect patients from unfair charges.

As you all know, at Altus, we implemented a no surprise bill policy more than a year ago. Since then, none of our patients have received a surprise.

However, no matter how hard we try, we cannot control everything the insurance companies do. Unfortunately, some of them have unlawfully tried to charge patients for emergency services.

We want to help you know what to do in these cases, so you never have to fear getting the medical treatment you need.

What is a Surprise Bill?

A surprise medical bill is when you unknowingly receive medical care from a provider outside your private insurer network. For example, in many hospitals and emergency rooms, the specialists who treat patients are not employees but contractors who charge their fees separately. As a patient, you are not aware of this, which is why many people receive a bill they were not expecting after going to the ER.

What Will the Surprise Medical Bill Protections Do for You?

The protections will work similarly to those established by the state of Texas. The new federal rules will apply to all private insurers, even those provided through the Affordable Care Act.

With this new law, you should not receive a surprise medical bill from the following scenarios:

  • When you get treated at the ER
  • Air ambulance services (airplane or helicopter)

Insurance companies must also provide the same coverage regardless of whether you receive medical attention at an in-network or out-of-network facility.

The Law Has Always Been On Your Side

In a perfect world, your insurance company would be your best friend, always looking out for your best interest. But the reality is that insurers increasingly deny coverage for your emergency care.

If this should ever happen to you, please reach out to our Patient Advocate; we can help you get the coverage you are entitled to.

You should know that even before the “No Surprises Act” existed, the law already protected you through the Prudent Layperson Standard. This standard says that YOU get to decide when and where you seek emergency care based on your symptoms.

Your insurance company cannot force you to go to an in-network ER. They are also not allowed to determine if your symptoms were those of a medical emergency or not.

In other words, if you feel you are having a medical emergency and need to go to the ER, your insurance provider is legally obligated to cover your care.

Recent Updates on the No Surprises Bill As Per the CMS and What It Means to You

Recently, as per the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS.gov, the provider and facility requirements that apply starting January 1st consist in the following:

  • No balance billing for out-of-network emergency services
  • No balance billing for non-emergency services by nonparticipating providers at certain participating health care facilities, unless notice and consent was given in some circumstances
  • Disclose patient protections against balance billing
  • No balance billing for air ambulance services by nonparticipating air ambulance providers
  • Provide good faith estimate in advance of scheduled services, or upon request (for uninsured or self-pay individuals)
  • Ensure continuity of care when a provider’s network status changes
  • Improve provider directories and reimburse enrollees for errors

Find out more information on the background & purpose of the No Surprises Act of Division BB of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) amended title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) to add a new Part E through reading the High-Level Overview of Provider Requirements.

What to Do If You Receive a Surprise Bill

Here at Altus, you will never have a surprise bill!

All services provided at our facilities, including specialists and other ancillary services, will show in the invoice we provide you after your visit. Because we directly employ all our doctors, you will never see a big bill from us.

Should you ever receive a surprise bill from your insurance company after visiting one of our centers, please contact our Patient Advocate immediately.

If you have any questions about the Surprise Bill Act, please feel to call us at: 409-227-0536.

Know Where to Go in Case of an 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!

New Year’s Resolutions – Begin 2022 Off Healthy

New Year’s Resolutions Week – Begin 2022 Off Healthy

At the start of every year, we vow to become a better version of ourselves by setting our New Year’s resolutions.

This tradition may seem silly to some of us. Still, the truth is that incorporating more healthy habits into our everyday life will help us live a longer, healthier, and more enjoyable life.

We all want to improve ourselves but may feel a little at a loss when it comes to living healthier, and that is ok. So, we’ve put together these tips to help you set realistic goals and help you get started on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

Get More Quality Sleep

Adults need seven or more hours of sleep per night to be healthy. Yet, according to the CDC, more than a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep regularly.

Getting enough sleep has a direct impact on our daily lives. When you don’t sleep well or sleep too little, you may find it harder to concentrate. You may also fall asleep while at work or driving, increasing your risk of serious accidents and injury.

Additionally, research shows that people who regularly get less than 7 hours of sleep a night have a higher risk of developing chronic medical conditions, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Mental illness, including depression and anxiety

How to Improve the Quantity and Quality of Your Sleep

Here are some tips to help you rock the first of your New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Go to bed at the same time every night
  • Avoid taking caffeinated drinks in the late afternoon or evening (this includes coffee and caffeinated soft drinks)
  • Turn off your TV and don’t use any electronic devices, including computers, TV, cell phones, video games, and tablets, at least one hour before bedtime

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Become More Organized

Whether you are rushing to drop or pick up your kids from school or extracurricular activities, going to work, grocery shopping, doing house chores, exercising, and caring for family members and pets, your day is busy.

The more hectic your schedule, the more likely you are to prioritize productivity over safety. But, unfortunately, all this running around can lead to physical and emotional burnout, a weakened immune system, and an increased risk of accidental injury.

To avoid this, plan your days, so you have plenty of time to get everything done. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and remember it’s ok and sometimes necessary to say no once in a while.

Make Better Food Choices

If you are trying to lose weight, avoid crash diets and diet pills, these will do more harm to your health than you can imagine.

Making healthier food choices can improve your energy levels and help strengthen your immune system.

You don’t need to make drastic changes all at once. Instead, start with small things like:

  • cutting down on sugary drinks and over-processed food
  • Add more veggies and fruits to your daily meals
  • Drink more water and less soda
  • Add more fiber by eating whole wheat bread and crackers
  • Choose leaner cuts of meat

Remember to be mindful of your serving portions. Eat enough to feel satisfied but not overly full. Over time, you will feel more energized, and you may drop a few pounds as well.

Know Where to Go in Case of An Emergency

An emergency can happen when you least expect it. But, when it does, it’s important to know where to go.

Make sure to create a list of emergency phone numbers, including your doctor, emergency services, and Altus Emergency Centers. Put the list in a visible and easily accessible place within your home. Then, teach your kids how to dial the numbers and give directions to your home if necessary.

Altus Emergency Centers offers four convenient locations in Lumberton, Baytown, Waxahachie, and Lake Jackson.

Our qualified medical staff and state-of-the-art facilities are open 24/7 every day of the year.

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!

Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know

What You Need to Know About the Omicron Variant

The coronavirus is still among us, and new variants continue to appear. For example, the Omicron variant, identified in late November, is now the dominant strain here in the U.S., accounting for more than 73% of nationwide cases.

According to the CDC, Omicron is responsible for up to 90% of new COVID-19 cases in some parts of the country.

Will There Be More SARS-CoV-2 Variants?

Yes. The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is constantly changing and mutating its genetic code. As a result, experts expect new variants of SARS-CoV-2 to continue to emerge.

Some variants will quickly disappear, while others will emerge and continue to spread, becoming what is known as a variant of concern.

What Is a Variant of Concern?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a variant of concern as a mutation that can:

  • Spread more easily
  • Cause more severe illness
  • Antibodies from previous infections or acquired from vaccination are not as effective in combating the new variant
  • Current treatments are not as effective against the new variant

Read more about COVID-19 variants, what you need to know.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Is Omicron the Only Variant in the United States Right Now?

Unfortunately, no. While Omicron is spreading faster than any other variant we’ve had in the past, different variants are still circulating.

Although Omicron is the dominant strain of the virus right now, the Delta variant (previously the dominant variant) still accounts for more than 26% of COVID-19 illnesses.

Is Omicron More Severe?

The scientific community continues to study the Omicron variant. As a result, much remains unknown, including if it causes more or less severe illness.

Early studies suggest that current vaccines offer protection against severe illness and death. However, those fully vaccinated will need a booster shot to increase their defenses and avoid Omicron infection.

Who Is Most Affected by Omicron?

Omicron spreads faster than other variants and can infect anyone. However, we’ve seen a significant increase in children testing positive for the new variant in the last weeks.

To put this in perspective, children accounted for 17.3% of total cases since the pandemic began. For the week ending on December 16th, 23.7% of weekly reported COVID-19 cases were children 18 or younger.

More concerning is the fact that pediatric hospitalizations for COVID-19 are surging, with close to 800 new daily admissions.

Public health officials are especially concerned about small children aged five and younger who are not eligible for the vaccine against COVID-19.

Early reports from South Africa and the United Kingdom show a bump in hospital admissions for that age group. And although we don’t know for sure if this trend will continue in America, extra precautions to safeguard young children from infection need to take place.

Can I Get Omicron if I’ve Already Had COVID-19 or I’m Vaccinated?

Yes, you can get infected with Omicron even if you have antibodies from a previous COVID-19 infection or if you have been vaccinated.

There are several reasons for this. First, the vaccines reduce your risk of developing severe illness and reduce your risk of dying from COVID-19, but they don’t prevent infections.

Aside from this, the new variant Omicron has more mutations than previous strains, making it easier for it to bypass your system’s antibodies.

What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family From Omicron

The protection measures against Omicron are the same recommended for other variants and include:

  • Continue to wear a mask when out in public
  • Do your best to keep a physical distance of at least 6-feet when out
  • Constantly ventilate rooms when you are indoors
  • Continue to wash your hands regularly
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing in front of others. Remember to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Get vaccinated if you haven’t
  • Get your booster shot if you are eligible
  • If you believe that you have COVID, get tested

When to Seek Immediate Emergency Care

According to the CDC, seek emergency medical care immediately if you or someone you know experiences any of the following:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

Please keep in mind that this list is not the complete list of warning signs, please seek immediate medical care if you experience other severe symptoms. It is advisable to call ahead or check-in online.

While Omicron seems to cause less severe illness in most patients, it continues to be a threat for vulnerable groups. Because of this, we should all do our part to help keep our community safe.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we continue to work hard to provide the best care for our patients even during these challenging times. Remember, we are safe, fast and always open for you and your family when you most need it.

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!

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