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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.

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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!

Free Tips to Reopening Your Business Safely & Successfully!

Free Tips to Reopening Your Business Safely & Successfully!

This is a 100% Free Event to Learn to Help Safeguard Your Business!

Tune into our transmission safely from your home or office with our Quality Director, Shannon Seymoure, RN, BC, HACP.

We will be doing a zoom conference please contact us to learn more! This is a joint effort with the Chambers of Commerce in our Communities.

Chambers of Commerce

We are so proud to announce that we are supporting out communities in these days that they need it the most.  We are holding your hand and helping you by getting to know each and every one of you.  Please come on by to the conference Free Tips to Reopening Your Business Safely & Successfully!   View on Event Brite

 

The following are the Chamber of Commerce that we are proud to be working with:

Get to Know Sharron Seymour

Presenting, Shannon Seymour!  She is our dedicated presenter to help your businesses reponen!

 

Shannon Seymour is the Director of Quality Improvement at Altus Lumberton Hospital. She oversees the development, management, implementation and sustainability of all improvement activities and compliance procedures while cultivating exceptional care and services in the healthcare industry.
Shannon obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Sam Houston State University.  She is also a RN with a professional certification in pain management and recently completed the Healthcare Accreditation Certification Program with CIHQ.  With over 25 years of healthcare experience she will tell you, “you never stop learning”.

Shannon calls Beaumont, TX home with her husband Scott, daughter Shelby, two dogs (Jasmine and Winn) and several head of cattle(all with names of course).  When she manages to get away with her family, they enjoy fishing or taking in an Aggie football game.

WE ARE SAFE, OPEN 24/7, WITH NO LINES

 

All Altus Emergency Centers follow strict sanitizing and screening protocols to help protect our patients, their family members, and our staff. If you need medical attention, please don’t hesitate to visit us, you are in good hands.

A prompt diagnosis accompanied by appropriate medical care can lower the risk of permanent organ damage.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

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

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Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome Temporally Related to COVID-19

Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome Temporally Related to COVID-19

A rare condition likely linked to COVID-19 has been reported in hundreds of children across Europe and North America.

Last month the World Health Organization (WHO) shared the news of several cases involving children and adolescents who required admission to intensive care units (ICU).

The hospitalizations were due to a multisystem inflammatory syndrome that resembled other conditions such as Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome.

These children displayed overlapping symptoms of COVID-19, Kawasaki disease, and toxic shock syndrome. Doctors are calling this new ailment multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children or MIS-C.

Doctors have already identified cases of MIS-C in the United States, and at least three children have died from it in New York.

Although this condition is rare, we should all know what to look out for to protect our children.

Symptoms to Look Out For

Health officials from the World Health Organization as well as doctors in the U.S. and Europe warn parents to look for the following signs:

  • Persistent fever over 101°F
  • Prolonged abdominal pain
  • Skin rash
  • Bloodshot eyes or conjunctivitis
  • Racing heart
  • Diarrhea
  • Inflammation and swelling of hands, feet, lymph nodes and neck
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting

What is Kawasaki Disease?

 

Kawasaki Disease is a severe condition that can cause inflammation of the arteries, and the leading cause of coronary heart disease in children. The effects of the disease can be lifelong, and it can lead to cardiovascular problems, including aneurysms and heart attacks.

The Link Between Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children and Adolescents and COVID-19

 

COVID-19 appears to be a trigger to this new multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children and adolescents. Many of the children who present symptoms of MIS-C also tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, meaning they had the virus at some point.

Doctors now know that COVID-19 infection affects the body’s T-Cells and appears to reduce their ability to contain the inflammatory process.

The main difference between classic Kawasaki Disease and this new illness is that pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome can affect all the organs, not just the blood vessels and heart.

How Concerned Should You Be?

 

According to experts, kids seem to be part of the population least affected by COVID-19, and most have mild symptoms. However, they can develop severe complications, making it extremely important for parents to stay vigilant.

As mentioned before, multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children and adolescents is uncommon. There are few cases reported worldwide, and although parents should be on the lookout for symptoms, there is no reason to panic.

When to Seek Medical Attention

 

If your child shows symptoms compatible with COVID-19, you should have them tested as soon as possible.

If one of your kids also shows any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above, please bring them to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for evaluation.

A prompt diagnosis accompanied by appropriate medical care can lower the risk of permanent organ damage.

WE ARE SAFE, OPEN 24/7, WITH NO LINES

 

All Altus Emergency Centers follow strict sanitizing and screening protocols to help protect our patients, their family members, and our staff. If you need medical attention, please don’t hesitate to visit us, you are in good hands.

A prompt diagnosis accompanied by appropriate medical care can lower the risk of permanent organ damage.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

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!

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

How Can I Get Tested for the Coronavirus?

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.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

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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!

Keeping Fit During Lockdown Can Benefit Your Immune System

Keeping Fit During Lockdown Can Benefit Your Immune System

The lockdown measure is crucial in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. However, many of us are feeling the impact both on our mental and physical well-being.

But why should we try keeping fit during lockdown?  We’ve all heard how being sedentary is bad for our health, so staying active during these difficult and strange times is important.

Exercising can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, which in turn can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. When we exercise regularly, we also help maintain muscle mass and bone density.

But what many of us didn’t know is that physical activity can also help boost our immune system, something that is highly important these days.

Here is how keeping fit during lockdown help improve our immune system:

  • It helps flush bacteria out of our lungs and airways
  • Exercise increases white blood cell circulation. White blood cells are the ones who help our body fight disease. While we exercise these cells more quickly and can help detect illnesses faster.
  • During exercise, our body temperature rises. This temporary rise in body temperature may prevent bacteria from growing, and therefore it helps our bodies fight infection better
  • Physical activity slows down the release of stress hormones. Too much stress increases the chance of illness, so reducing our stress levels can help us stay healthy

Keeping Fit During Lockdown Gives You Even More Health Benefits

 

Exercising is also a great way to ward off some of the psychological effects, including depression and anxiety, of being cooped up at home for a long time.

Because of the public health crisis we are facing, going to the gym is not possible. Thankfully, there are many ways to stay active even during the lockdown.

You can try one or several of the following as long as you maintain a safe distance from other people:

  • Bicycling with your kids a few times a week
  • Taking daily 20 to 30-minute walks
  • Going for a run in the park

How Can I Get Tested for the Coronavirus?

If you can’t or don’t feel up to leaving the house to get some exercise, there are also lots of good options to stay physically active at home. Many of these activities don’t even require any special equipment, so don’t worry about having to spend money.

If you already own a stationary bike or a treadmill, then try to use it for 30-minutes at least three times a week. If not, then we have a few suggestions for you to try.

  • Walk briskly through your home for 10 minutes. You can even do this two or three times a day
  • If your home has stairs go and up down them several times in a row
  • Dance, dance, dance! Put on some music and dance around the house, either alone, with your spouse or kids. Dancing will get the blood flowing and help you get in a better mood
  • Borrow your kids skipping rope and skip around the driveway
  • Dust-off those long-forgotten Pilates, fitness, yoga, or tai chi DVDs
  • Subscribe to a YouTube fitness channel or download a free fitness app
  • Do a few sets of squats or sit-to-stands from a sturdy chair, push-ups against a wall, and lunges or single-leg step-ups on the house stairs

Need Help?  Rural County Contacts

While exercising is good for you, you should be careful not to overdo it. If you already exercise regularly, you should not exercise more just to try to boost your immune system.

Heavy, long-term exercise can cause more harm than good as you become more prone to injuries. The good news is Altus Emergency Centers remain open 24/7 even during this health crisis.

We are here to help you recover from simple sports injuries to more severe conditions such as heart attacks. For your peace of mind and protection, we follow the strictest sanitary protocols, so please, if you need medical attention, don’t hesitate to come to our ER’s.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

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

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!

It’s Time to Plan for Health Care

It’s Time to Plan for Health Care

If handling your finances and planning for the future were part of your New Year’s resolution, then this is the right time to start to plan for health care.

January is Financial Wellness Month, so we would like to encourage you to start planning for a future of better health and wealth.

How to Start Planning for Your Health Care Needs

Follow these simple steps to start a great plan for health care now and in the future:

 

1. Get Organized

The best you can do before you start formulating a plan for a better future is to declutter your life.

Start by clearing your desk or workspace. Having an organized workspace will help you achieve more of your goals, and it can also help you improve your time management skills and reduce stress.

 

2. Get a Handle on Your Finances

The first thing to do is to know your monthly expenses. Once you know how much you are spending and on what you start creating a budget.

Analyze your expenses and look for ways to save. Once you’ve done that, create a budget and review it every month. Implementing a budget will help you visualize where you could potentially save money and provide peace of mind.

Make sure to include healthcare coverage in your budget, your health, and that of your family should always be a priority.

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3. Review Your Insurance Plan

Our lives and priorities change constantly. So, reviewing your health insurance plan to see if it still meets all your needs is sound advice.

Understanding your coverage and out of pocket expenses is important because in the event of an emergency or long-term illness, you will have a clearer understanding of the potential financial impact and you can start saving for that now.

 

4. Know Where to Go

Most insurance plans work through a network of healthcare providers. Take advantage of your insurance, schedule appointments for routine medical exams, and have a list of doctors and facilities that accept your insurance plan.

It is essential to know that while your insurance will cover services only if an in-network provider offers them, emergencies work differently.

Texas law guarantees you will receive the same coverage benefits for emergency room services regardless of whether the facility is in or out of network.

In other words, during a medical emergency, you can receive treatment at any facility capable of treating you and not have to pay more.

 

5. Take Advantage of Altus Emergency Centers Patient Advocate Services

Our Patient Advocate is here to help answer questions regarding your coverage, your Explanation of Benefits (EOB), invoices, as well as services provided at our facilities.

The resource is free, so you don’t need to worry about added costs. We are here to help.

Plan for Health Care for all ages

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

When Can You Have Access to Our Patient Advocate?

Our Patient Advocate is available to you as soon as you walk through our doors. If you are unsure of how to access your health insurance, they can help.

They can also help you negotiate with your insurance company, and they will take care of all the insurance claim process, including any appeals.

However, most people don’t realize our Patient Advocate can be of great help to them even if they have not visited any of our facilities before.

Our Patient Advocate can help counsel you on what your insurance benefits mean, and which ones are worth increasing. So, if you have a question, give us a call, and we will do everything we can to help.

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Healthcare Financial Planning for Business Owners

If you own a business and you provide your employees with insurance coverage, you need to take special consideration when budgeting for the year ahead.

Altus Emergency Centers can help reduce your insurance costs. Contact us today so we can negotiate better medical service rates for you and your employees.

 

At Altus Emergency Centers, we want 2020 to be a healthy and prosperous year for everyone. So plan for the future and plan for your health care needs alongside Altus ER.

There’s No Time to Wait in 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!

Flu Remedies – What to Do If You Get the Flu

What to Do If You Get The Flu

This year’s flu season is shaping up to be a dangerous one. The biggest challenge we are facing is doctors don’t know enough about the strain of the influenza virus called B Victoria that is affecting most people this year.

The flu season started earlier than usual, and so far the CDC has reported:

  • 6.4 million flu illnesses,
  • 55,000 flu-related hospitalizations
  • 2,900 flu-related deaths

At Altus Emergency Centers, we want to do our part by helping you recognize the symptoms of the flu and what to do if you get it.

What is the Flu?

Many of us use the terms cold and flu interchangeably, but different viruses cause them.

Both illnesses can cause the following symptoms:

  • General fatigue
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Body aches

 

The main difference is flu symptoms are more severe and can lead to more severe conditions. Among the most common flu complications we have:

  • Bacterial Pneumonia which is a severe and potentially deadly lung infection
  • Sinus Infections
  • Ear Infections
  • Bronchitis
  • Sepsis (the condition can be life-threatening, its cause is due to the body’s response to an infection)

Symptoms of the Flu

Everyone experiences the flu differently, but these are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Fever ranging from 100°F to 104°F
  • A persistent dry cough which may become painful and be accompanied by shortness of breath and chest discomfort
  • Muscle aches especially in the neck, back, arms and legs
  • Severe headache
  • Fatigue

How to Know if You Have the Flu

Because flu symptoms are like those of cold and other illnesses, the sure way to know if you have it or not is to get tested for the influenza virus.

All Altus Emergency Centers can test for the influenza virus. We offer the rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RIDTs), which provides results in as little as 10 minutes; however, it’s not always accurate.

We also provide a more accurate rapid molecular assays as well as several more precise and sensitive flu tests through our clinical lab.

If you suspect you or a loved one may have the flu, please don’t hesitate to visit our nearest facility.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

What to Do When You Have the Flu

Unfortunately, few medications are effective at treating the flu; most medications help ease the symptoms associated with the illness.

So, if you get the flu this season, the best thing to do is to stay home and rest. Drinking plenty of fluids and eating certain foods can help your body recover faster.

Proper nutrition is essential to keeping your immune system in good health, and when your body is fighting off the flu virus, your diet becomes even more important.

When you have the flu, make sure your diet includes the following foods:

 

Protein

Lean meats, fish, and poultry, as well as eggs, legumes, nuts, and dairy, will help your immune system stay healthy thanks to the vitamin B6 and B12 contained in them.

If you don’t feel like eating a whole portion of meat, you can have some chicken soup, which will provide nourishment as well as fluids.

Fruits and Vegetables

Both fruits and vegetables contain substances called flavonoids and antioxidants that are known to boost the immune system. Having a glass of low sodium vegetable juice or a glass of 100% fruit juice will provide vitamins and other nutrients.

Bananas are a good option if your symptoms include nausea or vomiting, as it is easy on the stomach, and it provides nutrients.

When to Come to Our ER Centers

You won’t need to come to our ER unless your symptoms are severe. However, all Altus Emergency Centers are at your disposal should you experience any of the following:

  • Trouble breathing/shortness of breath
  • Lethargy/confusion
  • Inability to hold down water
  • High fever with rash
  • Severe headache

This flu season, do your best to avoid getting the flu, but rest assure Altus Emergency Centers will always be there to help nurse you back to health.

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

Dangerous Diets That Can Get You Sick

Dangerous Diets That Can Get You Sick

Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions Safe and Healthy

If, when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s, you vowed to make this the year you finally take control of your weight issues and adopt a healthier lifestyle, know you are not alone.

Weight loss is perhaps the most popular New Year’s resolution, and most of us get super excited when we decide to shed those extra pounds once and for all.

How we approach our newly set goals will determine how well we manage to stick to the new routine and become healthier. Slow and steady is the best approach; learning how to make better food choices and slowly building our strength through exercise is the ideal.

Unfortunately, most of us get discouraged when we don’t see extreme results in a short period. And either we turn to our old unhealthy habits, or we try to find some quick fix. It’s these quick fixes that can quickly turn into serious health hazards.

Weight Loss Supplements

Weight loss supplements can seem like a magical solution to our weight problems. According to the manufacturers, all you need to do is take a simple pill, and the excess fat will melt from your body without any effort on your part.

Sadly, most of those claims are not backed up by clinical research. And in many cases, those miracle cures contain dangerous substances that can harm our bodies.

One of the biggest mistakes we make as consumers is to assume a product is safe because we see it advertised and sold in stores.

Dietary supplements are not subject to the same strict FDA regulations as prescription drugs. Under the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements are the ones responsible for evaluating the safety of their products, and unfortunately, not all manufacturers do.

Negative Side Effects of Diet Pills

Many diet pills are appetite suppressants and stimulants. These are some of the adverse side effects they produce:

  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Blurred vision
  • Restlessness
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea or vomiting

Additionally, some of these supplements can create dependency and withdrawal symptoms, which are rather unpleasant.

When to Come to Our ER

If you are taking weight loss supplements and experience any of the following symptoms, rush to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for evaluation and treatment:

  • Chest pain
  • Pounding, rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Shortness of breath

Detox Diets

The latest dietary trend is to detox our bodies and do intermittent fasting. But are these options effective and safe?

The detox diet claims to be the fastest way to cleanse our body of toxins that are causing us to gain weight. Unfortunately, there is little to no scientific data to back this claim.

Toxins are inevitable, while we can certainly make better food choices, the truth is toxins are always present in our food and our environment. Thankfully our bodies have a complex system to detoxify. The organs responsible for getting rid of the toxins are:

  • Digestive tract
  • Kidneys
  • Skin,
  • Lungs and respiratory system
  • liver
  • Lymphatic system

Detox diets are usually low in proteins and amino acids; both are essential for the well-functioning of major organs like our liver, which is responsible for cleansing our blood. Therefore, detox diets can do more harm than good, and as a result, you should avoid them.

When to Go to the ER

If you’ve been on a juice cleanse or other detox diets, you should come to the ER if you’ve had prolonged diarrhea or other signs of dehydration.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Gym Injuries

It’s wonderful to feel excited about improving our health and lifestyle, but doing too much too fast can result in a trip to our emergency room.

According to the National Safety Council in 2018, exercise with or without equipment accounted for 498,498 injuries, and most (89%) received treatment in the emergency room.

Sprains strains, joint inflammation, and other overuse injuries are among the most common injuries we see in the ER this time of year from well-intentioned resolution-makers.

Most are the result of people trying to do too much too fast. The best course is to ease rather than dive into a new fitness routine, slowly working yourself to longer workouts, heavier weights, and more advanced exercises.

When to go to the ER

Visit us if you experience any of the following:

  • Joint swelling
  • Reduced joint mobility
  • Unable to put weight on your knee or ankle
  • If you think you may have a broken bone

At Altus Emergency Centers, we want to support you in achieving your fitness and health goals this year. However, we urge you to be cautious and seek the help of a doctor to improve your eating habits and those of a fitness professional when you are ready to start your new exercise program.

Even with the help of professionals, accidents can happen, but you don’t need to worry, for we will always be here to help you get healthy again.

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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!

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
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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
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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 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!

Safe Toys – Let’s Give Safe Gifts!

This Year Give the Gift of Safe Toys

Get to know the best tips to give the gift of safe toys this Christmas and beyond! If you have a child in your life, then you know that watching kids open their presents on Christmas morning is the best part of the holidays.

Toys are an important aspect of child development. Not only do they entertain, some can also help children develop their motor skills, and learn new things.

Sadly, not all toys are safe or age-appropriate, and this can lead to injuries. The most recent report by The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) revealed that in 2018:

  • There were more than 226,000 toy-related injuries treated in emergency rooms across the country
  • Kids under the age of 15 sustained most injuries (73%)
  • The head/face areas were the most injured body parts, followed by arms and legs
  • The most common toy-related injuries were lacerations (cuts), followed by contusions/abrasions, and fractures
  • Non-motorized scooters and toy balls were the top toy categories associated with toy-related injuries
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Toy Safety Guidelines

The CPSC monitors and regulates any toy made in or imported into the country. Since 1995 all toys must follow the Consumer Product Safety Commission standards which include:

  • The fabric used to make toys must be flame resistant or flame retardant
  • The paint used in toys must be lead-free
  • Stuffed toys and dolls should be washable
  • Art supplies including crayons and colors need to be labeled as non-toxic and say ASTM D-4236 on the package to guarantee the American Society for Testing and Materials has evaluated them

 

Even though regulations are in place to try and make toys safe for kids, there is still a lot we can do to prevent injuries.

When shopping for toys for your little ones, consider the following:

  • Ask yourself if the toys are suitable for the age, abilities, skills, and interests of your child. Check the manufacturer’s label, if it’s not recommended for your kid’s age, don’t buy it!
  • Toys should be large enough to prevent them from being swallowed or lodged in the windpipe. A good line is to avoid any toys that have parts smaller than 1¼ inches in diameter and 2¼inches in length
  • Avoid giving marbles, or games with coins, chips, or balls that are less than 1.75 inches in diameter, as they can become lodged in the throat above the windpipe and make breathing difficult
  • If you are gifting a battery-operated toy to a toddler, make sure the battery case has screws to prevent kids from prying them open. Batteries and battery fluid can cause serious injuries, including chemical burns, choking, and internal bleeding
  • If your gift consists of Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or inline skates, remember to also get the appropriate safety gear including helmets, as well as hand, wrist, and shin guards
safe toys for small children

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Toy-Related Injuries That Need ER Care

Not every scrape or bruise will merit a trip to one of our ER centers. However, it’s always good to know when an injury does require ER care.

Bring your child in when:

  • They fell and hit their head hard. If they show signs of a concussion, you should bring them in for an evaluation
  • When they have a small toy part lodged in their nostrils or windpipe. Don’t delay if you notice the child has trouble breathing
  • It looks like they might have broken a bone

 

This Holiday Season do your best to give the gift of safety to your loved ones. However, if your little ones get a little carried away with excitement and  get hurt, you don’t need to worry.

Just remember all our centers offer specialized pediatric emergency care, and we will be open 24/7 during the holidays.

There’s No Time to Wait in 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!

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