The Keys to Healthy Aging

The Keys to Healthy Aging

In honor of our recent acceptance of Medicare at Altus Baytown ER, this month of September, we celebrate Healthy Aging Month. There is no better time to re-invent yourself and start adopting better health practices.

Aging is something that affects all of us, not just the elderly. The better we take care of ourselves now, the more enjoyable our later years will be.

If you think you are too old to make some positive changes in your life, and improve your health, think again! 

Simple changes in our daily routines can provide significant benefits, no matter what age you are.

Here are some simple tips to help you live and age healthier:

Watch What You Eat and Drink

We know that poor eating habits are affecting the health, safety, and overall well-being of Americans.

 

The US Department of Health and Human Services reports that:

  • About 90% of Americans consume approximately 3,400 mg/day of sodium, well above the federal guideline of 2,300 mg/day or less.
  • Most Americans don’t eat enough vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, dairy products, and healthy oils
  • The average American diet exceeds the recommended intake levels in these four categories:
      • Calories from solid fats and sugars
      • Refined grains
      • Sodium
      • Saturated Fat

If you wish to increase your energy levels and prevent illnesses, follow a diet that is:

 

  • Low in saturated fat
  • Includes lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Includes more oily fish
  • Has small amounts of low-fat dairy and lean meats

 

Also, remember to drink lots of water to stay hydrated and limit how much alcohol you drink.

Unhealthy eating can increase the risk of developing chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

If you suffer any complications from any of these illnesses, remember Altus Baytown ER is available to attend any emergency, with the added benefit of minimal wait times. 

Stay Active

Staying active through the years has many health benefits, including:

  • Helps maintain healthy bones and muscles which help maintain balance and mobility
  • It can boost your self-esteem
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Increases energy levels
  • Lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, and some types of cancer

 

The World Health Organization recommends adults 65 and older do 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week. You don’t need to join a gym to get your workout; you could add any of these activities to your weekly routine:

  • Walking
  • Dancing
  • Gardening
  • Swimming

 

If you are over 65 and want to add some physical activity to your day, remember:

  • Pace yourself, don’t try to do too much at once
  • Choose an exercise routine that fits your current level of fitness
  • Stay hydrated
  • When possible exercise with a buddy

As a Medicare provider, Altus Baytown ERis the best option for patients 65 and older to get treatment in case of a fall or any other type of injury.

Get Checked!

The best type of medicine is prevention. Everyone, regardless of age, should get at least an annual medical checkup.

For those of you who are 65 and older, you should talk to your doctor about getting these tests:

  • Blood Pressure Screening 
  • Cholesterol Screening 
  • Colorectal Screening
  • Eye Exam
  • Hearing Test
  • Dental Exam
  • Diabetes Screening
  • Osteoporosis Screening
  • Prostate Screening
  • Mammogram
  • Pap Smear
  • Vitamin D Test
  • Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone Screening

 

It’s never too late to start making positive changes in our life. We are blessed to live in an age where medical and technological advances can give us the chance to live longer.

Always Have a Plan.  Know Where to Go In the Event of An Emergency.

To ensure you get to live a long and fulfilling life, you need to take care of yourself. However, accidents do happen, and for that, you have us.

 

Altus Baytown ER is the #1 emergency center in Baytown, with state-of-the-art medical technology, the best doctors and convenient location. We are open 24/7 every day of the year, and we accept Medicare patients.

We Take MEDICARE!

Altus Baytown ER is the Preferred Outpatient NO WAIT Emergency Room of Altus Hospital.
We’re Open 24/7, Including Holidays.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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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 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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We’re proud of our top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts, who are here prepped and ready to help save your life 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.

Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with Using E-Cigarette Products

OFFICIAL CDC HEALTH ADVISORY

Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with Using E-Cigarette Products

official cdc health advisory

Summary

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing:

1) background information on the forms of e-cigarette products,

2) information on the multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with using e-cigarette products (devices, liquids, refill pods, and cartridges), and

3) clinical features of patients with severe pulmonary disease. This health advisory also provides recommendations for clinicians, public health officials, and the public based on currently available information.

General Background

E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, most also contain flavorings and other chemicals, and some may contain marijuana or other substances. They are known by many different names and come in many shapes, sizes, and device types. Devices may be referred to as “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “e-hookahs,” “vape pens,” “mods,” tanks, or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Some e-cigarette devices resemble other tobacco products such as cigarettes; some resemble ordinary household items such as USB flash drives, pens, and flashlights; and others have unique shapes. Use of e-cigarettes is sometimes referred to as “vaping” or “juuling.” E-cigarettes used for dabbing are sometimes called “dab” pens.
E-cigarettes can contain harmful or potentially harmful substances, including nicotine, heavy metals (e.g., lead), volatile organic compounds, and cancer-causing chemicals. Additionally, some e-cigarette products are used to deliver illicit substances; may be acquired from unknown or unauthorized (i.e., “street”) sources; and may be modified for uses that could increase their potential for harm to the user. For example, some e-cigarette pods or cartridges marketed for single use can be refilled with illicit or unknown substances. In addition, some e-cigarette products are used for “dripping” or “dabbing.” Dripping involves dropping e-cigarette liquid directly onto the hot coils of an e-cigarette which can result in high concentrations of compounds (e.g., tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] and cannabinoid compounds). Dabbing involves superheating substances such as “budder”, butane hash oil (BHO), and “710” that contain high concentrations of THC and other plant compounds (e.g., cannabidiol [CBD]).

Youth, young adults, pregnant women, as well as adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not use e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes containing nicotine have the potential to help some individual adult smokers reduce their use of and transition away from cigarettes. However, e-cigarettes are not currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a quit smoking aid, and the available science is inconclusive on whether e-cigarettes are effective for quitting smoking.

Outbreak Background

As of August 27, 2019, 215 possible cases have been reported from 25 states and additional reports of pulmonary illness are under investigation. One patient (in Illinois) with a history of recent e-cigarette use was hospitalized on July 29, 2019, with severe pulmonary disease and died on August 20, 2019. Although the etiology of e-cigarette-associated pulmonary disease is undetermined, epidemiologic investigations in affected states are ongoing to better characterize the exposures, demographic, clinical, and laboratory features and behaviors of patients. All patients have reported using e-cigarette products. The exact number is currently unknown, but many patients have reported using e-cigarettes containing cannabinoid products such as THC or CBD.

Based on reports from several states, patients have experienced respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain), and some have also experienced gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea) or non-specific constitutional symptoms (fatigue, fever, or weight loss). Symptoms typically develop over a period of days but sometimes can manifest over several weeks. Gastrointestinal symptoms sometimes preceded respiratory symptoms. Fever, tachycardia, and elevated white blood cell count have been reported in the absence of an identifiable infectious disease. Many patients have sought initial care in ambulatory settings, some with several visits, before hospital admission.

Radiologic findings have varied and are not present in all patients upon initial presentation. Bilateral pulmonary infiltrates and diffuse ground-glass opacities have been reported. Many patients required supplemental oxygen, some required assisted ventilation and oxygenation, and some were intubated. Some patients have been treated with corticosteroids with demonstrated improvement. Antimicrobial therapy alone has not consistently been associated with clinical improvement. Assessment for infectious etiologies has been completed in many patients without an identified infectious cause. Several patients from one state have been diagnosed with lipoid pneumonia based on clinical presentation and detection of lipids within bronchoalveolar lavage samples stained specifically to detect oil.

All patients have reported using e-cigarette products and the symptom onset has ranged from a few days to several weeks after e-cigarette use. Within two states, recent inhalation of cannabinoid products, THC or cannabidiol, have been reported in many of the patients. To date, no single substance or e-cigarette product has been consistently associated with illness. CDC is working closely with state health departments to facilitate collecting product specimens for testing at the U.S. FDA Forensic Chemistry Center.

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Recommendations for Clinicians

1. Report cases of severe pulmonary disease of unclear etiology and history of e-cigarette product use within the past 90 days to your state or local health department. Reporting of cases may help CDC and state health departments determine the cause or causes of these pulmonary illnesses.

2.  Ask all patients who report e-cigarette product use within the last 90 days about signs and symptoms of pulmonary illness.

3.  If e-cigarette product use is suspected as a possible etiology of a patient’s severe pulmonary disease, obtain a detailed history regarding:

    • Substance(s) used: nicotine, cannabinoids (e.g., marijuana, THC, THC concentrates, CBD, CBD oil, synthetic cannabinoids [e.g., K2 or spice], hash oil, Dank vapes), flavors, or other substances
    • Substance source(s): commercially available liquids (i.e., bottles, cartridges, or pods), homemade liquids, and re-use of old cartridges or pods with homemade or commercially bought liquids
    • Device(s) used: manufacturer; brand name; product name; model; serial number of the product, device, or e-liquid; if the device can be customized by the user; and any product modifications by the user (e.g., exposure of the atomizer or heating coil)
    • Where the product(s) were purchased
    • Method of substance use: aerosolization, dabbing, or dripping
    • Other potential cases: sharing e-cigarette products (devices, liquids, refill pods, or cartridges) with others

4.  Determine if any remaining product, including devices and liquids, are available for testing. Testing can be coordinated with the local or state health departments.

5.  Consider all possible causes of illness in patients reporting respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms and of e-cigarette product use. Evaluate and treat for other possible causes of illness (e.g., infectious, rheumatologic, neoplastic) as clinically indicated. Consider consultation with specialists (pulmonary, infectious disease, critical care, medical toxicology) as appropriate.

6.  Clinical improvement of patients with severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette use has been reported with the use of corticosteroids. The decision to use corticosteroids should be made on a case-by-case basis based on risks and benefits and the likelihood of other etiologies.

7.  Lipoid pneumonia associated with inhalation of lipids in aerosols generated by e-cigarettes has been reported based on the detection of lipid-laden alveolar macrophages obtained by bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and lipid staining (e.g., oil red O). The decision about whether to perform a BAL should be based on individual clinical circumstances.

8.  Lung biopsies have been performed on some patients. If a lung biopsy is obtained, lipid staining may be considered during pathologic examination, and is best performed on fresh tissue. Routine pathology tissue processing (including formalin-fixation and paraffin-embedding) can remove lipids. Conducting routine tissue processing and histopathologic evaluation is still important. Consider consultation with specialists in pulmonary medicine and pathology to help inform any evaluation plan.

9.  Patients who have received treatment for severe pulmonary disease related to e-cigarette product use should undergo follow-up evaluation as clinically indicated to monitor pulmonary function.

Recommendations for the Public

  1. While this investigation is ongoing, if you are concerned about these specific health risks, consider refraining from using e-cigarette products.
  2. Regardless of the ongoing investigation, anyone who uses e-cigarette products should not buy these products off the street (e.g., e-cigarette products with THC, other cannabinoids) and should not modify e-cigarette products or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.
  3. Regardless of the ongoing investigation, e-cigarette products should not be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, as well as adults who do not currently use tobacco products. If you use e-cigarette products, monitor yourself for symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, chest pain) and promptly seek medical attention if you have concerns about your health. CDC and FDA will continue to advise and alert the public as more information becomes available.
  4. Adult smokers who are attempting to quit should use evidence-based treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved medications. If you who need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, contact your doctor.
  5. If you are concerned about harmful effects from e-cigarette products, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
  6. We encourage the public to submit detailed reports of any unexpected tobacco or e-cigarette-related health or product issues to the FDA via the online Safety Reporting Portal:https://www.safetyreporting.hhs.gov.

For More Information

  1. For assistance with managing patients suspected of illness related to recreational, illicit, or other drugs, call your local poison control center at: 1-800-222-1222.
  2. Information on electronic cigarettes and similar devices:https://www.cdc.gov/e-cigarettes
  3. CDC Press Statement: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/s0821-cdc-fda-states-e-cigarettes.html
  4. CDC Clinical Outreach and Communication Activity announcement:https://emergency.cdc.gov/newsletters/coca/081619.htm
  5. CDC’s National Syndromic Surveillance Program’s BioSense/ESSENCE:https://www.cdc.gov/nssp/index.html
  6. For more information, visit CDC Info:https://www.cdc.gov/cdc-info/index.html

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Flower M, Nandakumar L, Singh M, Wyld D, Windsor M, Fielding D.Respiratory bronchiolitis-associated interstitial lung disease secondary to electronic nicotine delivery system use confirmed with open lung biopsy. Respirol Case Rep. 2017;5(3):e00230.https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/rcr2.230
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Khan MS, Khateeb F, Akhtar J, Khan Z, Lal A, Kholodovych V, et al.Organizing pneumonia related to electronic cigarette use: A case report and review of literature. Clin Respir J. 2018;12(3):1295-9.https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/crj.12775
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protects people’s health and safety by preventing and controlling diseases and injuries; enhances health decisions by providing credible information on critical health issues; and promotes healthy living through strong partnerships with local, national, and international organizations.

When to Seek Medical Help

Altus Emergency Centers offers minimal wait times, an onsite laboratory, and the most advanced imaging technology. Therefore, we can diagnose patients faster than traditional hospital-based ER’s.

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!

TRICARE ER Family Care – We Care for Our Military and Their Families

We Care for Our Military and Their Families

The very nature of the job of a military person means they will face daily challenges. However, no service member should ever have to worry about their healthcare needs or those of his family being met, especially during an emergency.  It shouldn’t be a challenge to find TRICARE ER Family Care.

A report by news agency Reuters explains how a study revealed how American families with military healthcare are more likely to experience difficulties with healthcare access.

If you are looking for TRICARE ER Family Care, you’ve found it!  Altus Emergency Centers has been a proud TRICARE provider for many years. We believe our brave men and women in uniform should receive the best emergency medical care possible. That is why all our locations accept TRICARE patients. 

The following are some frequently asked questions to help shed light on TRICARE ER Family Care and coverage for veterans, active military, and their families.

Does Your TRICARE Healthcare Plan Cover Emergency Care?

Yes!

TRICARE emergency care coverage includes professional and institutional charges as well as services and supplies administered or prescribed in the emergency room.

TRICARE is very clear that in the event of a medical emergency, you should call 911 and visit an ER, not an urgent care clinic.

Moreover, emergency room care does not require prior authorization. However, TRICARE Prime plan members must contact their primary care provider within 24 hours or the next business day after receiving emergency care at one of our ER centers.

What Does TRICARE Consider an Emergency?

TRICARE covers three types of medical emergencies:

 

Medical Emergency

TRICARE defines a medical emergency as the sudden and unexpected onset of an illness or injury or the worsening of a chronic condition that:

  • Is life-threatening, 
  • Could cause the loss or severe impairment of a limb or eyesight
  • Requires immediate medical attention
  • Manifests painful symptoms requiring medical care to alleviate suffering

 

These are some examples of medical emergencies covered by TRICARE:

  • Cardiac Arrest (No pulse)
  • Injuries with Severe Bleeding
  • Spinal Cord, Neck or Back injuries
  • Severe Chest Pain
  • Severe Eye Injuries
  • Broken Bone
  • Trouble Breathing

Maternity Emergency

A maternity emergency applies to any circumstance that results in a medical complication which puts the mother or baby at risk.

 

Mental Health Emergencies

TRICARE patients diagnosed with a mental disorder can visit our ER when they are thought to be a risk to themselves or others.

Emergency room care does not require prior authorization. However, if the patient is admitted to the hospital as a result of their psychiatric emergency, the incident must be reported to the regional contractor within 24 hours of admission and no more than 72 hours after admission.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Are Pediatric Emergencies Covered?

TRICARE offers several healthcare plans some of which include benefits for family members including children.

  • TRICARE Prime: This is available to active duty and retired service members and their families
  • TRICARE Select: Active duty and retired service members and their families as well as active and non-active reserve, and retired reserve members and their families are eligible
  • TRICARE For Life: Available for beneficiaries who have Medicare Part A and B
  • TRICARE Reserve Select: Intended for members of the Selected Reserve and their families. Recipients must meet certain qualifications
  • TRICARE Retired Select: Available to qualified Retired Reserve members and their families
  • TRICARE Young Adult: This plan is for unmarried or adult children of an eligible sponsor. Beneficiaries must be at least 21 years of age and no older than 26

 

For more information on TRICARE healthcare plans, please visit: https://tricare.mil/Plans/HealthPlans

 

TRICARE members can trust their children’s emergency care to us. All our Emergency Centers have certified pediatric emergency physicians and nurses on staff 24/7 to attend pediatric emergencies. We also provide separate, dedicated pediatric examining rooms and equipment.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we strongly believe the members of our military deserve the best. We provide them the peace of mind of knowing their loved ones are safe and cared for with compassion by professionals who care. 

For this reason, we provide the best emergency care to all members of our military branches and their families.

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!

Top Time-Sensitive Medical Emergencies

When Minutes Matter Don’t Risk Your Life!

Top Time-Sensitive Medical Emergencies

Accidents and sudden illnesses come without warning, and nobody ever expects to be in a situation where someone’s life is at stake.

We are vulnerable and could face a life-threatening medical condition at any moment. When this happens, it’s essential to know when a medical emergency is time-sensitive.

In this article, we will talk about some of the top time-sensitive medical emergencies. Because getting someone the medical attention they need, right away, can help save their life.

What is a Time-Sensitive Medical Emergency?

A time-sensitive emergency is a medical condition where fast treatment can make a big difference in the eventual outcome for a person.

Conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, and severe trauma are considered time-sensitive medical emergencies.

In these circumstances, the faster a patient receives medical attention, the better his chances of surviving are. Additionally, receiving fast treatment can also lower the risk of permanent disability.

List of Top Time-Sensitive Medical Emergencies

The following is a list of some of the most common time-sensitive medical emergencies.

Cardiac and Circulatory Medical Emergencies

  • Cardiac Arrest: This is when your heart suddenly stops. If not treated immediately the patient will die.
  • Heart Attack:  This occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart stops. It needs immediate medical attention. Otherwise, that section of the heart muscle starts to die.  The earlier the intervention, the less damage to the muscle, the greater chance the patient has to survive.

“Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack.” – Heart.org

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis: A blood clot that forms within a deep vein, usually in the leg. If it breaks loose, it can travel through the bloodstream into the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism.  Symptoms include: 

Swelling, Pain or tenderness not caused by injury, Skin that is warm to the touch, Redness or discoloration of the skin.”

Source: StoptheClot.org

  • Heart Arrhythmia: An abnormal heartbeat. Symptoms include palpitations or feeling a pause in between pulses.  Seek immediate ER if accompanied by chest pain or pressure, you may be having a heart attack. 

If accompanied by face drooping, arm weakness, slurred speech, sudden severe headache, trouble seeing or walking, confusion, and/or sudden numbness, you could be having a stroke. 

Source: Heart.org

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Neurological Medical Emergencies

  • Stroke: Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States. However, some medications can reserve a stroke when given within the first three hours of the onset of symptoms.
  • Spinal Cord Injury: Acute spinal cord compression is a medical emergency that requires swift diagnosis and treatment. If not treated promptly, it can cause irreversible spinal cord injury and long-term disability.
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome: A rare disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks your nerves. The condition can eventually paralyze the whole body. According to the CDC:

“About two-thirds of people who develop GBS experience symptoms several days or weeks after they have been sick with diarrhea or a respiratory illness.”

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Trauma-Related Medical Emergencies

  • Traumatic Brain Injury: Serious traumatic brain injury requires immediate medical attention as they can result in long-term complications or death. Find out more about TBI.
  • Chest Injury: This includes any form of physical damage to the chest, including the ribs, heart, and lungs. Chest injuries account for a quarter of all deaths from traumatic injury. To increase survival rates, patients need immediate medical attention.
  • Profuse Bleeding: Wounds that results in uncontrolled bleeding can lead to a condition known as shock. Shock is a life-threatening medical emergency where the patient no longer has enough blood circulating in their body.  Read about Cuts and Scrapes.
car accident trauma emergency

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Gastrointestinal Medical Emergencies

  • Appendicitis: It happens when the appendix becomes inflamed. If the appendix bursts it can cause a potentially fatal condition known as peritonitis.  Symptoms may include:

Sharp pain in the lower right abdomen, appetite-loss, nausea and/or vomiting soon after abdominal pain begins, abdominal swelling, fever of 99-102 °F.

  • Intestinal Obstruction: A blockage that prevents food or liquid from passing through either the small intestine or large intestine (colon).

Without swift medical intervention, the blocked parts of the intestine can die, and lead to severe problems.

Environmental Medical Emergencies

  • Heat-Related Illnesses: Heatstroke, severe dehydration, and heat exhaustion are all potentially life-threatening conditions if not treated rapidly.
  • Electrical Injuries: Electric currents from lightening, household appliances, or power lines can travel through the body burning both internal and external tissues. Electrical shock can also damage internal organs and cause your heart to stop.
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Infection and Infectious Disease Medical Emergencies

  • Bacterial Meningitis: The most dangerous type of meningitis, if not treated quickly it can lead to death or permanent disability.
  • Gas Gangrene: Gas gangrene, is a fast-spreading and potentially life-threatening form of gangrene caused by a bacterial infection.
  • Necrotizing Fasciitis: Commonly known as a flesh-eating disease this rare bacterial infection can spread quickly in the body and can cause death.
  • Sepsis: A potentially life-threatening condition caused by the body’s response to an infection. If left untreated, sepsis it will progress into septic shock and may lead to death.  Signs may include:

High heart rate, shivering, fever, confusion and disorientation, shortness of breath, extreme pain or discomfort, sweating or clamming skin.  Source:  CDC.gov.

What to Do in A Time-Sensitive Medical Emergency

Knowing what to do during a time-sensitive medical emergency can save your life or that of a loved one.

The best way to handle an emergency is to prepare ahead of time. Here is how you can create your emergency plan:

  • Create a Contact List: Create a Contact List: Make a list for your family of who to contact in case of an emergency.  Include emergency numbers such as 911, your doctor, family members, and Altus Emergency Centers.
  • Know Where to Go: Remember, time is of the essence in a medical emergency. Therefore, when possible, choose to receive treatment at an Altus Emergency Centers where there are no lines with No Wait Times through our Quick Online Check-In.
  • Review Your Insurance: By law, all insurance companies must offer emergency room coverage. However, it’s always a good idea to understand what and how much your insurance policy covers. Our Patient Advocate team is available to help you with this is you need it.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we always put the patients first. When you visit our facilities, you will have:

  • No Lines.
  • More time with your treating physicians.
  • Personalized high-quality treatment.

Don’t risk your life during a medical emergency; choose the best ER care for you and your loved ones.

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!

Medicare is Coming Soon to the Best ER in Baytown!

Altus Emergency Centers Baytown Soon to Accept Medicare Patients

The Best ER in Baytown will be Caring for Grandma & Grandpa

 

Altus Emergency Centers is soon to be a department of the Altus Baytown Hospital and will start accepting Medicare on September 1st. This new acceptance of Medicare patients will take place at the 1404 W. Baker Rd. location.

altus baytown ER department of Altus Hospital

What it Means for the Community

 

On Sunday, September 1st, 2019, the Altus Emergency Center in Baytown will be known as the Altus Baytown ER.

The alliance means that any resident, including Medicare patients, can now choose to receive more personalized and convenient emergency treatment.

Servicing the Senior Community.

Ten percent of the estimated 75,418 residents of Baytown is believed to be over 65 years of age.

The CDC has estimated that 15.6% of all emergency room visits are from patients 65 and older.

Most of these patients are on fixed incomes and depend on their Medicare coverage to receive treatment.

That meant that, up until now, the senior community of Baytown could not use their Medicare coverage to benefit from the quality and convenience of care offered by Altus Baytown ER.

However, with the recent Altus Baytown ER announcement, any Medicare patient can now choose to receive emergency treatment at a more convenient location, with NO WAIT TIMES, and personalized attention by board-certified in-house emergency physicians.

Medicare is Coming Soon! So What About the Coverage?

Patients who have Medicare Part A and Part B coverage, which covers emergency room visit costs will still be responsible for some out of pocket expenses, including:

  • A copayment for visiting the ER
  • A copayment for each hospital service they receive while in the ER
  • A coinsurance amount of 20% for the Medicare-approved cost for doctor services. Part B deductible applies.

Management at Altus Baytown ER stressed the importance of patients understanding their Medicare emergency room coverage. They also advise senior patients to acquire a Medicare Supplement plan to help cover some of the out-of-pocket expenses mentioned above.

quality of life for senior citizens Baytown ER Medicare

What Will the Partnership’s Immediate Benefits be for Senior Patients?

Altus Baytown ER is known for its high standards in quality medical emergency care. With guaranteed minimal wait times, patients benefit from more face time with physicians as well as from more personalized treatment.

Once the alliance takes place, Altus Baytown ER will be able to provide service of any resident of Baytown, Liberty, Dayton, and Crosby, and other surrounding areas regardless of age.

The Altus Baytown ER is certified to handle the full spectrum of services offered by hospital emergency room departments.

Physicians are present 24/7, including holidays, and patients don’t need to schedule appointments or call beforehand.

Altus Baytown ER can triage and stabilize critical patients before referring them to the main hospital.

best onsite ER technologies in Baytown Accepting Medicare

When Should a Medicare Patient Visit Altus Baytown ER?

Patients over 65 who have a Medicare plan, should visit the Altus Baytown ER when they:

  • Suffer a fall or other type of injury
  • Have sustained a deep laceration
  • Are complaining of chest pains
  • Are experiencing severe headaches
  • Have acute abdominal pain
  • Become dehydrated
  • Suffer a stroke
  • Have trouble breathing

The decision to become an ER department of Altus Baytown Hospital accepting Medicare patients symbolizes the deep-rooted commitment Altus Emergency Centers has with the community of Baytown.

Altus Emergency Cares About Baytown

At Altus Emergency, we take pride in our beautiful Texas communities and work with its leaders to help ensure a better future for all.  Not only do we treat each patient with the care and urgency they deserve, we also give back to the community.  Thank you for your trust and support!

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat 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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We’re proud of our top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts, who are here prepped and ready to help save your life 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.

Tell-Tale Signs of a Broken Bone

How to Know if your Bone is Broken?

You know what they say about sticks and stones?  Well, a broken bone really hurts!  Bookmark this easy guide of the signs of a broken bone to know what to do if you or someone you love ever has an accident in the future.  Bone fractures, like most other injuries, vary in severity, and diagnosing is not easy without the use of advanced imaging technology like X-rays.

Some folks believe they can tell if a bone is broken by whether the patient can use it or put weight on it or not. Unfortunately, that is a myth; it’s surprising how often people who have a broken bone don’t even realize it because they can move it.

That is why it’s important to know the signs of a broken bone and get the issue fixed before it becomes an even bigger problem.

Signs of a Broken Bone

1. Bruising and Discoloration

Most of us tend to ignore our bruises thinking they are not that big of a deal, but they could be the first sign that your fall or accident led to a broken bone.

Bruising occurs when tissue capillaries get damaged, and blood leaks out of them. The bigger the bruising area is, the more likely damage involves deep tissue, possibly bone deep.

 

2. Swelling

 

There are many reasons behind swelling, but when it occurs after a trauma, it could be a sign of a broken bone. Swelling occurs when fluids and sometimes blood from an injury start to leak into the surrounding soft tissue like muscle, fat, and skin. The extra fluids cause the tissue to swell and become hard and painful to touch.

 

3. Deformity

 

If your injured arm, leg, hand, or foot look deformed, chances are you broke it. If your arm or leg bends in strange ways, this is a clear indicator that you need to come into the nearest Altus Emergency Center to get this issue fixed.

4. Crepitus

 

This word sound ominous and it is. Crepitus is when you can feel or hear crunching beneath your skin. Trust us when we say, that’s not supposed to exist anywhere in your body; and if it does, then this is a sign there are broken pieces of bone rubbing against one another.

 

 

5. Loss of Function

 

Loss of function is an indicator that something is not right, and your injury could have caused a bone to break. If you cannot move your arm, hand, leg, or foot, then you need to be seen by one of our doctors as soon as possible.

Remember being able to walk or move your injured limb does not mean you do not have a fractured bone if you are in severe pain and are experiencing any of the above signs you need to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

When to Go to the ER

You should rush to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if you experience any of the following after a fall or other trauma:

  • Heavy Bleeding at the site of the injury
  • Numbness in the injured or surrounding area
  • The area turns a bluish color
  • Severe swelling
  • A visible deformity at the injury site
  • Bone protruding through the skin (Open fracture)

Dislocations

You should also come in if you have a dislocated joint. In many ways, a dislocated joint can be even worse than some types of fractures. Dislocations are serious orthopedic injuries, and they happen when a joint such as a knee or shoulder become severely misaligned.

Dislocations always involve deformity and can cause stretching or even tearing of ligaments and tendons. These types of injuries will always require emergency medical attention.

 

The only sure way to know if you have a broken bone or another type of orthopedic injury is with advanced imaging tests like X-rays, MRI’s, and ultrasounds.

At Altus Emergency Centers we have invested heavily in the most advanced diagnostic technologies available. This equipment allows our physicians to provide faster and more accurate diagnosis and treatment of our valued patients.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS to ER CARE!

How to Keep Your Kids Healthy

How to Keep Your Kids Healthy

April was a fantastic month, but it’s not over yet, as we near the end of this month we still have one significant observance in sight, Every Kid Healthy™ Week!

This annual observance shines a spotlight on the great efforts’ schools are making to improve the health and wellness of our kids and the link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning.

But despite all the efforts schools are making, there is no denying that children in large groups have a knack for spreading germs and viruses that cause illnesses. For this reason, we are sharing five essential health tips to help make sure your kiddos stay healthy.

#5Teach them to Wash Their Hands Frequently

Kids are always playing, and as a result, their hands touch a lot of surfaces that could be dirty or harbor bacteria, viruses, and germs that could make them sick.

Teaching your child how to wash their hands properly is a great way to minimize their exposure to harmful organisms.

The CDC’s guidelines for washing hands include the following steps:

  • Wet hands thoroughly with water (temperature does not matter).
  • Lather with soap and make sure your kids apply soap to the back of their hands as well.
  • Instruct them to scrub their hands for 20 seconds or more, make sure to rub the back of their hands, wrists, in between fingers and under the fingernails.
  • They should rinse with plenty of water.
  • Teach them to always dry their hands thoroughly with a clean towel or an air dryer

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

#4 – Feed Them Healthy Meals and Snacks

A healthy diet is one of the best ways to prevent the onset of chronic diseases like:

  • Obesity
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Type 2 Diabetes

Like most other habits, healthy habits are more likely to stay with you if you learn them as a kid. That’s why it’s important to teach your kiddos good habits now.

We understand everyone is busy these days and eating every meal at home is not always possible. And let’s be honest there is no sure way to prevent your kids from eating junk food.

You shouldn’t stress over this and don’t ban your children from eating a burger or pizza when they go out with friends. Instead of prohibiting your kids from eating certain foods, focus on the 80-20 rule. Try your best to make sure your children eat healthy 80% of the time and accept that the other 20% of the time, they will be eating an entire bag of potato chips all by themselves.

#3 – Keep Them Active

Exercise is vital for bone and muscle health, alleviating stress, creating a positive self-image, and preventing diseases later in life.

Most children need a minimum of 1-hour of physical activity per day, sports, dancing, swimming, are just some examples of fun ways for your kids to reach that goal.

However, before you send your kid off to the practice you need to make sure they will be safe, sports injuries are common. 

Learn to recognize the signs of a severe injury and when to bring your child to the ER.

 

Orthopedic Injuries

Bring your child to our pediatric ER when:

  • Your child cannot use or move their arm correctly, or they can’t bear weight on an injured leg
  • The limb that was injured looks misshapen, or bone is protruding from the skin

 

Concussions

A concussion is a serious brain injury, especially for a child, you should bring your kid to our pediatric ER as soon as possible if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Change in Level of Consciousness (asks repetitive questions, has memory loss)
  • Vomiting (more than once)
  • Fever
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Difficulty Breathing

#2 – Teach them to Keep Hydrated

It’s easy for kids to forget to drink enough water when they are playing, and this makes it easy for them to become dehydrated.

A great way to teach your kids to stay hydrated is to have them look at their pee, the clearer it is, the better, show them that if their pee is dark yellow, they should drink a glass of water or two.

Children with mild dehydration can be treated at home, provide them plenty of fluids and fruits and they should recover well. However, for kids who have moderate to severe dehydration, it’s important to get them to the nearest Altus Emergency pediatric center for treatment.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Moderate to Severe Dehydration

  • Dry, cracked lips and a dry mouth
  • Passes less urine than usual, no urine for eight to 12 hours, or dark-colored urine
  • Drowsiness or irritability
  • Cold or dry skin
  • Low energy levels, seeming very weak or limp
  • No tears when crying
  • Sunken eyes or sunken soft spot (fontanelle) on baby’s head

#1 – Stay Alert

The best way to keep your children healthy is to stay alert; as parents, we need to pay attention to any changes in behavior, monitor temperatures, and keep a vigilant eye on symptoms if our child is sick.

Knowing when to bring your child to our ER can save their lives.

 

Your child’s health is important to us, for this reason, Altus Emergency Centers have built state of the art pediatric emergency facilities to ensure your kids are treated in a friendly, calming environment.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS to ER CARE!

Is a Direct Contract with Health Services Worth It?

What All Employers Should Know:

How to Save Money through a Direct Contract with Health Services.

Rising healthcare costs are a sad sign of our times; few understand this better than employers that sponsor self-insured employee health benefit plans (“self-insured employers”).

Up until now, the model has been to have employers shop around for the best pricing for their employees for their business. Then the employee selects what health benefit is provided through the plan you purchased as a business owner.  

We get in this vicious cycle of an uncontrolled expense based off of employee health issues.

Cost continue to rise for the business man because there is no set control on where employees go. This leads to higher deductibles, premiums, payment year after year all because of lack of control.  What if you could shop for cost-effective medical services, which would, in turn, reduce costs?

When it comes to medical emergencies, it is unreasonable to expect anyone to research affordable care.

You cannot expect someone to drive long distances, during an emergency at which time, every second counts.  In these instances, the decision of where to receive care should be based on proximity, convenience, with little to no wait times.  A decision based purely on cost could put their health or even life at risk.

A Viable Solution to Lowering Health Care Costs

A much better option for self-insured employers is to consider sidestepping health insurers and negotiate directly with local health care providers like Altus Emergency Centers

to lock in reasonable pricing for health services.

A direct contract arrangement will allow employers to negotiate bundled case rates with provider organizations, which is a huge benefit for those businesses looking to cut their health care costs, while still guaranteeing quality care for their employees.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

How it Works

When a direct contract is negotiated, a price is arranged for each treatment, diagnostic test, or health service.  This means that the employer will make a single payment to providers and healthcare facilities for all services to treat a specific condition or provide a particular treatment.

Because the middle man was cut out, the providers can lower costs, making it more affordable for self-insured employers.

Benefits of a Direct Contract with Health Services

When you eliminate the middle man, in this case, the insurance company, there are benefits all around.

In a Direct Contract scenario, the course of treatment will be the same, but now at a fixed cost rather than variable.

There wouldn’t be a need to worry about prior authorizations and self-insured employers save money in the long run.

Additionally, employers have more control over employee health benefits.

Direct Contracting with Altus Emergency Centers

We encourage any employer who wishes to negotiate a direct contract for emergency health services, to visit us. We are willing to work with you to provide the best health care possible to your staff and their families.

 

We treat a wide range of conditions including:

  • Primary Emergency Care
  • Pediatric Emergencies
  • Head, back and neck injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Flu symptoms and complications
  • Chest pain
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Abdominal pain
  • Orthopedic pain
  • Acute headaches

Additionally, all our facilities are staffed by top-rated emergency doctors and nurses, as well as the most technological diagnostic equipment.

All our centers provide the following services:

  • Dedicated Pediatric Rooms
  • Private Adult Patient Rooms
  • CT Scan
  • Digital X-Ray
  • Ultrasound
  • EKG
  • Full-service Diagnostic Lab

 

If you are a self-insured employer and would like to know more about how you can reduce your health care costs with a direct contract for health services with Altus Emergency Centers, contact us or give us a call and schedule an appointment, together we can provide better care at a more affordable price.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS to ER CARE!

Cost of an ER – Price Tag on Saving a Life

What’s the Real Cost of an ER Visit?

The Problem with Putting a Price Tag on Saving a Life

Before we discuss the Cost of an ER, let’s put everything into perspective.

How do you know when the price of something is worth its value?

Think about a situation when you felt whatever the price you paid for something wasn’t worth it, regardless of how cheap it was.

My “Aha!” moment happened when I rented my first place and had to go grocery shopping for the first time, I was on a tight budget, and bargain hunting seemed like the reasonable thing to do. I went as cheap as I could and felt proud of how much I had saved. While I admit some things really didn’t have much of an impact in my life, the old supermarket sushi certainly did.

When the expired sushi kept me in the bathroom all day, I understood that there are some things you can’t go cheap on:

  1. Sushi
  2. Toilet paper
  3. House Paint
  4. Tattoo
  5. Your Lawyer
  6. Fixing Your Car  
  7. Hiring an inexpensive baby sitter
  8. The doctor you’re hiring to save your life

The other problem we have is,

we spend indiscriminately on things we don’t need to survive.

Things like watches, expensive sneakers, video games, outfits we may never wear but which must have matching shoes and purses just in case we ever do wear them. Yet, we squirm at the thought of paying for quality healthcare, especially when the cost of an ER visit comes to mind.

This is especially true when we are faced with an emergency, we are afraid to go a quality free-standing ER like those operated by Altus Emergency Centers, and instead opt to go to an Urgent Care clinic or drive distant miles to the nearest Hospital ER

in the hopes they can save our lives and our wallet.

What if I can prove to you that it’s been all a lie made up of smoke and mirrors?  

Let’s cut through the fine print and cut to the chase.

Where to Go in Case of an Emergency

Urgent Care clinics are a good option when you have a minor medical emergency, like if you cut your finger while cooking and need a couple of stitches. However,

these centers (Urgent Care) are not equipped to handle serious medical emergencies, because they don’t have the necessary diagnostic and treatment equipment nor the specialized staff.

If you go to an Urgent Care clinic because you are experiencing chest pains, they won’t be able to treat you, instead what they will do is refer you to an ER, and you will have wasted precious time.  Now you will have to consider the cost of an ER as well as what was spent at the urgent care clinic.

Summary of Cost Differences for Each Scenario

SCENARIO 1:  CHEST PAIN

Total Cost

ALTUS ER

$4,328.63

Altus Savings of  $1,183.37

Hospital #1

$5,512.00

SCENARIO 2:  ABDOMINAL PAIN

Total Cost

ALTUS ER

$9,754.68

Altus Savings of $1,389.19

Hospital #1

$11,143.87

SCENARIO 3:  BACK/FLANK PAIN

Total Cost

ALTUS ER

$6,755.48

Altus Savings of $2,627.52

Hospital #1

$9,383.00

SCENARIO 4:  HEAD INJURY

Total Cost

ALTUS ER

$8,010.63

Altus Savings of $584.37

Hospital #1

$8,595.00

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Freestanding ER vs. Hospital-Based ER Real Cost Differences Revealed

In most cases, the staff at Urgent Care centers will refer you to a hospital-based ER, this may not always be the best call, either because of distance, complications with traffic, and most importantly wait times, not to mention it could end up costing you more.

As of January 1st, 2019, all hospitals operating in the US are required by law to publish their standard costs for procedures online. This made it easy to make price comparison for standard tests to diagnose and treat a severe condition like chest pains:


ProcedureCPTAltus ERHospital 1
FAC LEVEL (FACILITY FEE)99285$ 2,744.25$ 2,690.00
EKG93005$ 472.00$ 884.00
CBC (BLOOD TEST)85025$ 242.00$ 426.00
BMP (BASIC

METABOLIC BLOOD TEST)

80047$ 145.38$ 205.00
TROP (CARDIAC BLOOD TEST)84484$ 281.00$ 442.00
CHEST X-RAY71015$ 392.00$ 779.00
ASPIRINN/A$ 5.00$ 4.00
NITRO SLJ3490$ 5.00$ 71.00
VENIPUNCTURE36415$ 42.00$ 11.00
TOTAL COST OF AN ER VISIT
$ 4,328.63$ 5,512

As you can clearly see,

receiving treatment for chest pains at Altus ER will save you nearly $1,200 compared to treatment at a hospital ER, and because a doctor will see you immediately if you are in fact having a heart attack, your chances of survival are much higher.

In the event of a life-threatening medical emergency, only your life should matter, but it’s reassuring to know that Altus Emergency Centers firmly believes

Your Life is Priceless, and our doctors will do everything they can to save your life.

Afterwards, our Patient Advocate will do everything they can to protect your wallet.  After we place everything into perspective the choice is clear.  If you are in an emergency, do not hesistate, visit your nearest emergency center to get the care that you deserve.  Never forget that your health matters, you matter.  Don’t let insurance companies put a price tag on your life.

In most cases, the staff at Urgent Care centers will refer you to a hospital-based ER, this may not always be the best call, either because of distance, complications with traffic, and most importantly wait times, not to mention it could end up costing you more.

As of January 1st, 2019, all hospitals operating in the US are required by law to publish their standard costs for procedures online. This made it easy to make price comparison for standard tests to diagnose and treat a severe condition like chest pains:


ProcedureCPTAltus ERHospital 1
FAC LEVEL (FACILITY FEE)99285$ 2,744.25$ 2,690.00
EKG93005$ 472.00$ 884.00
CBC (BLOOD TEST)85025$ 242.00$ 426.00
BMP (BASIC

METABOLIC BLOOD TEST)

80047$ 145.38$ 205.00
TROP (CARDIAC BLOOD TEST)84484$ 281.00$ 442.00
CHEST X-RAY71015$ 392.00$ 779.00
ASPIRINN/A$ 5.00$ 4.00
NITRO SLJ3490$ 5.00$ 71.00
VENIPUNCTURE36415$ 42.00$ 11.00
TOTAL COST OF AN ER VISIT
$ 4,328.63$ 5,512

As you can clearly see,

receiving treatment for chest pains at Altus ER will save you nearly $1,200 compared to treatment at a hospital ER, and because a doctor will see you immediately if you are in fact having a heart attack, your chances of survival are much higher.

In the event of a life-threatening medical emergency, only your life should matter, but it’s reassuring to know that Altus Emergency Centers firmly believes

Your Life is Priceless, and our doctors will do everything they can to save your life.

Afterwards, our Patient Advocate will do everything they can to protect your wallet.  After we place everything into perspective the choice is clear.  If you are in an emergency, do not hesistate, visit your nearest emergency center to get the care that you deserve.  Never forget that your health matters, you matter.  Don’t let insurance companies put a price tag on your life.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS to ER CARE!

Are You at Risk of Benzene Poisoning? We Can Help!

BENZENE POISONING,

ARE YOU AT RISK? WE CAN HELP!

The massive fire at the storage facility of the Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) that started on Sunday was finally extinguished; however, authorities issued a shelter-in-place order warning people in the community of Deer Park and other surrounding areas of high levels of benzene in the air.

The shelter-in-place order has since been lifted, but many of us have questions regarding what benzene is and how dangerous is it.

What is Benzene?

Benzene is a clear colorless liquid petroleum-based chemical that has a sweet smell and is highly flammable. It evaporates quickly; however, its vapor is heavier than air which means it may sick into low-lying areas.

Benzene ranks in the top 20 chemicals for production volume in the US and most of us are exposed to low levels of it daily. The air we breathe can be contaminated with this chemical from different sources including:

  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Motor Vehicle Exhaust
  • Gas Stations
  • Industrial Emissions
  • Paints
  • Glues
  • Furniture Wax
  • Detergents

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the maximum time-weighted average (TWA) exposure limit is 1 part of benzene vapor per million parts of air (1 ppm) for an 8-hour workday, and the maximum short-term exposure limit (STEL) is 5 ppm for any 15 minute period.

Higher levels of benzene or exposure times above those established are hazardous for your health as benzene can cause cancer.

Signs and Symptoms of Benzene Poisoning

According to the CDC, benzene poisoning can occur from breathing in high levels of the vapor, by drinking or eating foods that have been contaminated with the chemical or by direct contact with the compound. The symptoms may manifest within minutes or hours after the exposure.

Symptoms from Breathing High Levels of Benzene:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Headaches
  • Tremors
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness
  • Death (at very high levels)

Symptoms from Eating or Drinking Contaminated Products

  • Vomiting
  • Irritation of the stomach
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Convulsions
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Death (at very high levels)

Symptoms of Direct Contact with Benzene

  • Direct exposure of the eyes, skin, or lungs to benzene can cause tissue injury and irritation

Experiencing Any of These Symptoms?

What to Do If You Are Exposed to High Levels of Benzene

  • If Benzene was released into the air in the form of vapor, the best thing to do is move as far away from the affected area as possible.
  • If you are near a release of benzene follow the instructions of the emergency coordinators, they will recommend you evacuate or shelter-in-place to avoid being exposed to the chemical.
  • If you believe you have been exposed to higher than recommended levels of benzene, you should remove your clothing, wash thoroughly with soap and water and get emergency medical attention as quick as possible.

Benzene Poisoning Treatment

There is no specific antidote for benzene poisoning; however, symptoms can be treated in any of Altus Emergency Centers which can save your life or minimize the long-term effects of benzene exposure.

Emergency doctors at Altus ER cannot stress enough how important receiving supportive medical care when you or a loved one has been poisoned by benzene. Getting to our centers as soon as possible could save your life.

Have You Been Affected by the Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) Fire?

 

ITC is aware that claims have arisen as a result of the 3/17/19 incident at ITC’s terminal in Deer Park, Texas.
If you believe you have suffered damage as a result of the incident, you can download and completely fill out
the appropriate claim form and submit it with required supporting documents.
Note that there are separate claim forms for businesses and individuals.

ITC CLAIMS FORMS

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