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Letters to Eddie 2021 Christmas Wish Giveaway

Letters to Eddie 2021. Making Christmas Wishes Come True!

At Altus Emergency, we’re best friends with our good friend from the North pole, Santa Clause himself!  In fact, he’s good friends with our very own Eddie Rescue.  Santa knows that we love keeping children happy and healthy.  In order to bring an extra dose of healthy cheer, this year Santa teamed up with us to give the kiddos from our communities extra Christmas cheer!  This year, we’re helping our jolly bearded friend to sort his Christmas Wish mail by setting up a Letters to Eddie mailbox at each of our locations.

We encourage you to enter the Letters to Eddie 2021, Christmas Wish Giveaway

Three Kiddos Will Win a Gift From Santa Per Location!

It’s super easy to participate in the Letters to Eddie 2021 Christmas Wish Giveaway.  He can’t wait to read your letters and see your beautiful drawings.

It’s free to participate with no purchase necessary.

At Altus, we are here for all of your emergency medical needs and would like to thank you for choosing us as your preferred ER.  It’s great to know that we can be here for you to get you well fast and back to enjoying life. Remember that we’re always open even on all holidays.

IT’S FREE! How it Works

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

We are giving away Christmas gifts to randomly chosen participants.  Please see below for terms and conditions. All Sweepstakes Official Rules Apply.

DROP BY YOUR NEAREST ALTUS LOCATION

  • Come on over and pay us a visit! Visit the location of your choice: Waxahachie, Lake JacksonBaytown or Lumberton Hospital.
  • Submit a Drawing or a Letter to Eddie of Your Favorite Christmas Memory to Eddie’s Mailbox!  We have printed copies of Letters to Eddie forms available at the reception desk of each facility.
  • The draw date is December 17th, 2021. Follow our social media pages to find out if you won!

This is how the front and back of the Letters to Eddie cards look like!  Find them right at the front desk of your nearest location.

See? It’s Easy! We’re sure that one of these locations is near you!

WAXAHACHIE

Address: 1791 N. Highway 77
Waxahachie, Texas 75165

Phone: +1 469-575-5593

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is

Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

Letters to Santa 2021 Terms & Conditions:

  • Disclosure:  Please keep in mind that submitting a letter or a drawing does not guarantee a gift and you will not be added to the drawing if you do not provide all details required (Name, age & location).
  • There will be three (3) winners per location.
  • The draw date is December 17th, 2021
  • All sweepstakes terms and conditions apply.

RSV Season is Here

RSV Season is Here, Become Aware to Take Care

It’s that time of the year, filled with holiday cheer but also RSV season.  Get to know the symptoms, complications, and when to go to the ER to enjoy the end-of-year holidays safely.  Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus which if left untreated can be deadly.  Get to know more about the rise in RSV cases in children and adults to prevent its spread and protect your family.

What is RSV?

According to the CDC, each year in the US there are 2.1 million outpatient visits among children younger than 5 years old and 58,000 hospitalizations.  RSV is even more dangerous within the population of 65 and older, as each year it is the cause of approximately 14,000 deaths.  While listed as a common respiratory infection, RSV is listed by the CDC as “the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States.”

Current RSV Cases in Texas

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services has reported a tremendous increase in cases this year in comparison to what they were experiencing a year ago.  As you can see, the numbers speak for themselves within the CDC charts below revealing the total amount of antigen tests, detections, and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests.

In order to prevent additional RSV cases in children and adults, get to know how it’s spread, the symptoms, and complications which vary.

How is RSV Spread?

Like most respiratory viruses, RSV is spread by touching an infected surface and by air.  In fact, the virus can survive on hard surfaces for many hours.  The following are some examples of how the RSV virus is transmitted as listed by the CDC:

  • An infected person coughs or sneezes
  • You get virus droplets from a cough or sneeze in your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • You touch a surface that has the virus on it, like a doorknob, and then touch your face before washing your hands
  • You have direct contact with the virus, like kissing the face of a child with RSV

Once infected with RSV, a healthy individual can remain contagious for 3-8 days.  However, in some cases, “individuals can continue to spread the virus even after they stop showing symptoms, for as long as 4 weeks.”

Who is at Risk?

Some people are more likely to be at high risk of developing a severe RSV infection.  The following are examples of who could be at a greater risk if infected and may need to be hospitalized (source CDC):

  • Premature infants
  • Young children with congenital (from birth) heart or chronic lung disease
  • Young children with compromised (weakened) immune systems due to a medical condition or medical treatment
  • Children who have neuromuscular disorders, including those who have difficulty swallowing or clearing mucus secretions
  • Adults with compromised immune systems
  • Older adults, especially those with underlying heart or lung disease
  • Individuals with chronic health problems
  • Individuals suffering from asthma

RSV Symptoms

It is vital to know how to recognize RSV signs and symptoms.  These tend to show up within 4-6 days and usually appear in stages.  “In very young infants with RSV, the only symptoms may be irritability, decreased activity, and breathing difficulties.” Source CDC.   The following are the most common RSV signs and symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Coughing & Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Wheezing and difficulty breathing

Should you or a loved one exhibit any of these RSV symptoms (which do not come all at once), visit your local Altus location to have it evaluated by an ER physician and avoid possible complications.

RSV Complications

As we have indicated, if left untreated, RSV can escalate to dangerous complications.  These tend to vary in children and adults, the following are some of the most common RSV complications:

 

RSV Complications in Infants and Children according to the CDC:

  • Bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung)
  • Pneumonia (infection of the lungs)

 

RSV Complications in Adults according to the CDC:

  • Pneumonia (infection of the lungs)
  • More severe symptoms for people with asthma
  • More severe symptoms for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (a chronic disease of the lungs that makes it hard to breathe)
  • Congestive heart failure (when the heart can’t pump blood and oxygen to the body’s tissues)

 

RSV while common can be deadly particularly in adults and individuals with preexisting medical conditions.  There is no reason to put your own life or others lives at risk.  We offer a free medical screening at all of our four Altus locations.

When to Go to the ER

Should you suspect a case of RSV, we encourage that you get tested to avoid potential dangerous complications.  Please call 911 or visit your nearest Altus location if any of the following occurs:

 

In Children:

  • If your child is lethargic, unresponsiveness
  • It is obvious that they are having difficulty breathing
  • Lips and fingernails turn blue
  • Signs of dehydration
  • High fever
  • Stops breathing for more than 10 seconds.
  • In older children, cannot speak while trying to breathe.

 

In Adults:

  • Persistent fever of 103°F or higher
  • Trouble breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Inability to eat/dehydration

 

In the case of adults, we recommend to use your best judgement.  While in young children and infants, they cannot communicate all that they are experiencing, in adults we recommend to follow your gut.  If you feel as if you need emergency medical care do not risk your life.

 

While scientists are working on finding one, currently, there is no vaccine or cure for RSV. The best way to prevent an RSV infection is to look for ways to prevent or better manage severe illness.

 

Prevent the spread of RSV by following the common sense tips:

  • Avoid being around people who are sick. If you are the person who is ill, do everyone a favor and stay home
  • Always cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • Regularly disinfect surfaces, especially those in high-traffic areas
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent germs from entering your system
  • Should you suspect to have RSV, visit your nearest Altus location, we are always open and here to help you.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

altus emergency 24 hr ER Texas

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 Emergency Room 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 aid you in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, 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.

Toddler Head Injuries: My Toddler Bumped their Head, What Should I Do?

A Parent’s Guide to Toddler Head Injuries

“My Toddler Bumped their Head, What Should I Do?”

One of the biggest fears among parents with toddlers is to have your baby suffer an accidental head bump. For this reason, today, we will learn more about toddler head injuries, what they are, how to prevent them, and when to go to the ER.

Bruises and bumps are inevitable during the toddler years, thanks to your young one’s developing motor skills and their increasing curiosity and need for independence.

Toddlers are by nature accident-prone, think stumbles, trips, falls, and a host of other minor accidents that could lead to a bump to the head.

Most head bumps are usually nothing to worry about. Still, occasionally, your toddler’s head injury could be serious and result in a concussion, and in rare cases, if the blow is severe enough, it can cause bleeding or swelling of the brain.

That is why it’s good to learn how to spot the signs of a severe toddler head injury and when you need to seek medical help.

What Is A Head Injury?

Let us first explore the different types of toddler head injuries. A head injury is any impact or trauma to any area of the head, including the forehead, the scalp, the skull, the blood vessels, and rarely the brain.

In toddlers, mild head injuries usually result in bruises or bumps on the head or a small wound like a scrape or cut.

More serious blows, although less common, tend to cause more serious symptoms. The most common types of severe head injuries include:

Contusion: Contusions are bruises and happen when small blood vessels become damaged by the impact.

Most contusions are superficial and can be painful to the touch, but they typically heal on their own. However, when a serious head injury happens, deeper bruising can occur, affecting the brain; this is known as a brain contusion and will require medical attention.

Scalp Wound: Shallow cuts on the scalp are nothing to worry about, as long you keep the injured area clean. However, deep or gaping wounds may require stitches.

Concussion: Forceful hits to the head or the body can cause the brain to move within the skull. The sudden movent can result in chemical changes and cause damage to some of the brain cells. This type of injury is serious; if you think your child has a concussion, you should see visit the ER right away.

Skull Fracture: When the impact is strong enough, a bone in the skull can break. Skull fractures usually happen along with other types of injuries, such as a concussion and bleeding.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Toddler Head Injury Prevention Tips

The following are some basic toddler head injury prevention tips to keep in mind:

  • Childproof your home: Add baby gates to the stairs, childproof door locks, cabinet locks, door handle, etc.
  • Have them wear proper footwear.  Sneakers on hard play surfaces, while sandals are famous for trips & falls. As toddlers have large heads, they do not react fast enough to catch themselves to prevent head hitting.
  • Never leave them unattended. Adult supervision is particularly needed while at the playground or on high surfaces such as decks.
  • Proper equipment during play.  Make sure that they use helmets for bike rides, scooters, power wheels, toddler skates, etc.
  • Childproof are sharp corners.  Cover all sharp furniture edges and corners with bumpers or safety padding.

When to Go to The ER for a Toddler Head Injury

When it comes to severe toddler head traumas, prompt medical attention is critical, especially if you think they may have a concussion or a skull fracture.

You should go to the nearest ER if your toddler fell from a height of 5 feet or more. You should also seek medical help or if they were hit with fast-moving or heavy objects such as a ball or a piece of furniture.

You should call 911 or bring your child to the emergency room if you spot any of the following symptoms:

When to Come to Altus Emergency Center

Bring your baby to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • They’ve lost consciousness (even for a moment) or appear dazed.
  • They can’t stop crying.
  • They vomit, especially if they do so more than once after hitting their head
  • They seem clumsier or exhibit less coordination than usual afterward or aren’t speaking or walking normally
  • You have trouble waking them up after they’ve dozed off
  • You notice that their pupils (the dark central part of the eye) are different sizes.
  • They are bleeding heavily in the head or face, including bleeding from the nose or ears.
  • There’s an object sticking out of the head wound.
  • They show signs of memory loss or confusion
  • They have a persistent or worsening headache, or they have significant neck pain.
  • They are acting more aggressive or are more irritable than usual.
  • You notice a visible dent on their head or bruising under the eyes or behind the ears
  • Seizures

Thankfully, most toddler head injuries are mild and won’t cause any lasting damage. However, if it’s a severe head injury, the most important thing you can do is stay calm, check your child, and bring them to the ER if they are awake. If your child is unconscious, don’t move them and call 911 immediately.

The pediatric trained physicians at Altus Emergency Centers is always ready to treat your child. Remember, we always treat our patients like family, so you know your child is in the best hands.

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!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We used to think of domestic violence as a family issue. Fortunately, this is no longer the case; we now understand how domestic abuse affects everyone in the community.

Sadly, during the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence is on the rise. Economic insecurity, stress, and isolation are all situations that increase the likelihood of violence within families. Unfortunately, the pandemic has also limited victims’ ability to reach out to friends and family for help.

As a community, we can band together to help victims and survivors of domestic abuse heal so they can rebuild their lives. But before we can do this, we need to understand what domestic violence is.

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic violence is not limited to physical abuse. Instead, domestic violence is any behavior that tries to control, submit, intimidate, and harm a spouse or partner. While most domestic abuse victims are women, men also experience this time of violence.

The Reality of Domestic Violence in America

  • More than 10 million Americans suffer domestic violence a year. This means every minute, nearly 20 people are physically abused by their intimate partner
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men say they’ve experienced some form of physical violence from their sentimental partners within their lifetime
  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men report being victims of severe violence by a current or ex intimate partner in their lifetime
  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 8 men say they have been victims of stalking during their lifetime

During the pandemic, domestic violence calls spiked in Texas, according to a report by TexasMontly. And per data from the Gun Violence Archives, domestic violence-related shootings are up 69% in our home state.

Recognizing the Red Flags of Domestic Violence

Nobody willingly enters an abusive relationship. In fact, many miss the warning signs that their partner may turn violent or controlling.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline lists these red flags to look out for. The following are a few of the warning signs that your partner may be an abuser.

  • Says things to embarrass you or put down either in public or at home
  • Looks at you or acts in ways that make you uncomfortable and scared
  • Controls whom you see and talk to, where you go and what you do
  • They Prevent or discourage you from seeing your friends and family
  • They take your money or refuse to give you cash for expenses
  • They make decisions for you and prevent you from making your own
  • Accuse of being a bad parent or threaten to harm or take the children away from you
  • They won’t let you work or attend school
  • They blame you for the violence, or they deny the abuse is happening
  • They damage or destroy your property or threaten to hurt or kill your friends, family, or pets
  • They threaten or intimidate you with weapons such as guns or knives
  • They become physically abusive. This behavior may include shoving, slapping, choking, or hitting you
  • They try to stop you from calling the police and pressing charges
  • Tell you they will commit suicide because of something you’ve done or if you leave them
  • Pressuring or forcing you to have sex when you don’t want to or doing sexual acts you are not comfortable with
  • Pressuring you to take drugs or drink alcohol
  • Stopping you from using birth control, refusing to use condoms, or pressuring you to become pregnant

When to Go to the ER

Domestic violence-related injuries can sometimes be severe enough to warrant a trip to the ER.

Please come to the ER if you suffer any of these injuries:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Broken bone
  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • Chest pain
  • Severe headache or migraines
  • Concussion
  • Sprains or strains
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sexual assault
  • Vaginal bleeding or tearing
  • Anal bleeding or tearing
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Drug overdose

Where to Get Help

If you are a victim of domestic violence, please know that help is available. Please reach out to any of the following organizations:

National Domestic Violence Hotlinehttps://www.thehotline.org/

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)https://ncadv.org/get-help

Family Crisis Center of East Texashttps://www.familycrisiscenterofeasttexas.com/

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

Your Child’s Health and Wellness Checklist

Your Child’s Health and Wellness Checklist

Children depend on their parents for everything. We know how much effort you as parents put in to provide them with love, food, shelter, clothing, education, and medical care. But despite everything you do, the demands of daily life sometimes make it challenging to cover all the bases when it comes to your children’s well-being.

So, to help you keep track of all the issues concerning your child’s well-being, our health experts have put together this helpful checklist.

Emotional Well-Being

Children are dealing with a lot these days, and it can lead to mental and emotional distress. But unlike physical symptoms, a child’s mental or emotional problems can be harder to identify. But you can learn to recognize some of the signs that your child needs help.

The most important thing in any relationship, including parent-child ones, is communication. Build solid and honest communication channels with your children from a young age. Let them know you they can talk to you about anything.

Signs your Child May Need Help

  • Changes in school performance
  • They are anxious and worry too much
  • They experience long periods of sadness
  • They have persistent nightmares
  • Explosive behavior, including anger or aggression
  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Intense fear of weight gain
  • Refusing to go to school
  • Changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • Substance abuse

If you notice any of these signs, do some research and learn everything you can about the behavior or symptoms that worry you. Then, reach out to the school or community counselor, don’t be afraid to ask questions, remember the goal is to help your child get well.

Physical Well-Being

Regular Doctor Visits

Schedule routine physicals, including a visit to the eye doctor and dentist for your children at the start of every school year.

Keep up with Your Child’s Vaccination Schedule

Here are some of the immunizations the CDC recommends for children depending on their age:

Babies

  • Hepatitis B
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b disease
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • DTaP
  • Rotavirus
  • Polio

12 to 23 Months

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (pertussis) (DTaP)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis A (HepA)
  • Hepatitis B (HepB)

11 to 12 years

  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine
  • HPV vaccine
  • Tdap
  • Flu vaccine every flu season

Speak to your pediatrician about which vaccines your child needs.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Teach Them Healthy Habits

Here are some healthy habits you can teach your children that will help them lead a healthy life:

  • How to properly wash their hands
  • Brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day
  • Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Choosing healthy foods over junk food
  • Exercising regularly
  • Keep their rooms clean and neat

Teach Them Basic First Aid

As your children grow, it’s essential to teach them some basic first aid so they can tend to their minor wounds or assist others when needed.

Teach your children how to clean scrapes properly and use Band-Aids. Also, teach them whom to call for help in case of an emergency, make sure to keep a list of emergency numbers on the fridge. It’s also helpful to teach them how to call 911 and give directions to your home.

COVID-19 Checklist

The pandemic has made parenting even more challenging. Now that schools have reopened, it’s essential to keep your eyes open to spot the first signs of the disease.

  • Check Temperatures Daily – Allow your child to stay home if their temperature is 100.4 degrees or greater. If the fever doesn’t go down, call your doctor
  • Check for COVID-19 Symptoms Daily: Do basic screenings for COVID-19 symptoms of everyone in your household every day
  • Let Them Stay Home: Don’t send your child to school if they are unwell or show any COVID-19 symptoms, instead call your doctor and monitor their symptoms
  • Inform the School: Inform the school immediately if you suspect your child has COVID-19 or if they’ve tested positive for the SARS-CoV2 virus. This way, school officials can notify other parents and isolate teachers and students to prevent further infections.
  • Get Familiar with Community Testing Sites: Learn where to go to get tested if you suspect your child or other family members may have COVID-19
  • Stay Informed: Ask your school for updates on any new COVID-19 policies and procedures

Your child deserves the best in life, and that includes the best medical care possible. That is why our doctors and nurses are trained in pediatric emergencies, and we have specially designed pediatric examining rooms at all our centers.

Altus Emergency Centers will always be there for you and your family if you have a medical emergency.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

Top Reasons for Baby ER Visits

Baby Safety Month – Top Reasons for Baby ER Visits

Becoming a parent is the greatest blessing; it is also the scariest experience of anyone’s life.

Babies don’t come with manuals, and although we all try to do our best, they will get sick, and they will get hurt at some point.

Prevention is always the best option, but accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.

a family and their baby
  • Approximately 20% of all ER visits in 2015 were children 18 or younger
  • 17% of all children in the United States visited the ER at least once
  • Children under the age of five accounted for 40% of pediatric ER visits
  • ER visits for respiratory conditions are more frequent between October and March
  • Injury-related ER visits are more common from April through September

Here is a list of the most common reasons for pediatric ER visits and tips to help you prevent them, and signs you need to go to the ER.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Upper Respiratory Infections and Bronchiolitis

Several viruses, including the influence (flu) virus, can cause upper respiratory infections. When the infection settles in the lungs, it’s known as bronchiolitis. Bronchiolitis is a common condition in infants and can cause trouble breathing, wheezing, and coughing.

Babies under the age of one have a harder time fighting upper respiratory infections than older children. The reason is that their airways are smaller, so they have more trouble breathing and even feeding when they have a respiratory infection.

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Preventing Respiratory Infections

The biggest concern when a baby develops a respiratory infection is that it can quickly turn into a more severe condition such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia, which can be life-threatening.

You can help prevent respiratory infections by:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Keep your baby away from anyone who has flu-like symptoms
  • Don’t allow anyone to smoke near your baby
  • Keep hard surfaces clean and disinfected
Top Reasons for Baby ER Visits baby safety month

When to Come to Altus Emergency Center

Bring your baby to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Trouble Breathing
  • Cough with mucus that is green, grey, or yellow
  • They are unusually inactive or upset
  • Doesn’t want to breastfeed or bottle-feed
  • Shows signs of dehydration which include little or no urine for 4-6 hours and shed no tears when they cry
  • Your baby is exhausted for no reason, breathes rapidly, or their lips and fingernails turn a bluish color

Head Injuries and Fractures

Infants and toddlers are prone to falls. They can accidentally roll out of bed or fall while learning to walk.

Head Injuries

Head injuries are common in small children, so as a parent, you need to be on the lookout for any unusual symptoms after a head injury.

You should come to our ER when:

  • Your baby shows signs of a concussion, including severe crankiness, slurred speech, vomiting, trouble walking
  • Your child has a soft spot on their head, and it feels like it’s bulging
  • If your baby has a weak pulse
  • If they have any seizures
Top Reasons for Baby ER Visits head injuries

Fractures

Some of the most common baby and toddler injuries are fractures.

You need to bring your child to our ER center if they show any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe swelling at the site of injury
  • Unwillingness to use the injured body part
  • An obvious bone deformity
  • Severe pain
  • Paleness
  • Weak pulse
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Are unable to move the injured body part

If you are not sure but suspect your baby might have a broken bone, you need to bring them to the ER so we can X-ray the injured area.

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At Altus Emergency Centers, we can diagnose and treat even the youngest babies when they are struggling with an illness or injury.

Our certified pediatric emergency doctors and nurses can provide the necessary care in a calm and soothing environment.

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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!

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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!

COVID-19 Mental Health Concerns for Moms

COVID-19 Mental Health Concerns for Moms

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down, and while everyone’s experience is unique, we cannot deny that parents, especially moms, are experiencing unusually high-stress levels.

The sudden changes in work, school, and everyday life have forced families to adapt quickly, and moms especially bear the brunt of these adjustments.

Without notice, you may have found yourself without childcare, and having to assume homeschooling responsibilities, while juggling working from home. Or you may be one of the 2.5 million women who had to leave the workforce during the pandemic to care for their families, adding a financial strain to an already stressful situation.

Given how much life has changed in the last year and a half, it’s no surprise that studies show elevated rates of depression and anxiety amongst mothers. With all of the additional responsibilities and uncertainties, it’s harder to find the time to care for your emotional and physical needs.

We want to encourage all the moms in our community to make themselves a priority and start caring for their minds and bodies. So, we’re sharing some tips to help reduce stress and lessen the burden of everyday life during the pandemic.

Common COVID-19 Mental Health Concerns for Moms

Set Boundaries

We know as a mom, you are a go-to person in your family. However, it’s important to set boundaries and outline appropriate times when family members can call on you to help them with something.

Split Household Responsibilities

We can all agree that moms are superhumans. But, it doesn’t mean you have to do all the work all the time. Split household chores like cooking, going grocery shopping, taking out the trash, and caring for the kiddos with your partner. Also, make your older kids responsible for setting the table, washing dishes, doing laundry, and keeping the house tidy.

Schedule Some Alone Time

It may be difficult at first because you will probably feel selfish for taking some time just for yourself, but you are entitled to this alone time, and you deserve it.

You spend enough time focusing on keeping your family happy and functioning smoothly. Still, you won’t be able to do that if you get sick, so you need to stop canceling yourself and dedicate time to healthy stress relief activities like reading, listening to music, meditating, and exercising.

Make Time to Socialize with Friends

Even if you cannot meet with friends in person, try to make a virtual date with your friends. Talking to other moms going through similar situations will help relieve stress and help you feel less isolated.

Make a Budget and Stick to It

The economic effects of the pandemic hit many families. Financial burdens are among the top stress factors.

If you don’t already have a budget, now is a great time to start. If you have a budget, revisit past expenses and see if there are any areas you can cut back to save money.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

We all struggle sometimes, and it’s ok and even expected to feel overwhelmed during these uncertain times.

If you are dealing with depression and/or anxiety, speak out, let your husband or partner know what you are feeling.

Remember, there is always help available. Reach out to your church’s prayer group or join an online support group.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we know moms are the pillars of our community, and we will always be here to help.

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 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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top-of-the-line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts 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.

Common New Mom Health Concerns

Common New Mom Health Concerns

Having a baby is one of the greatest blessings in life. And it’s only natural that as a new mom, you are focusing all their attention on your new bundle of joy, but let’s face it, giving birth is hard on your body.

It’s normal to experience some pain and discomfort in the days and weeks after delivery. Still, it’s important to listen to your body and not ignore potential warning signs, as some of these could be life-threatening.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the risks of maternal mortality. Researchers list several leading causes of postpartum deaths, including hemorrhage, heart disease, infection, and mental health issues. The good news is that many of these unfortunate deaths are preventable.

Common Postpartum Health Issues

Infection

Infections at the site of a C-section or a tear in the perineum are not uncommon. However, it’s possible to develop infections in other parts of your body after delivery, such as the uterus, bladder, and kidneys.

Women who experience prolonged labor and prolonged rupture of membranes are more likely to develop these infections than those with uncomplicated deliveries.

It’s easy to treat infections that are in the early stages; however, if left untreated, infections can develop into more severe conditions and become life-threatening

You should seek emergency care if you have:

  • Fever of 100.4 F or higher
  • Fast breathing or heart rate
  • Chills with clammy or sweaty skin
  • Extreme or increasing pain
  • Discharge at the wound site
  • Redness at the wound site
  • The wound site is warm to the touch

Clogged Breast Duct or Mastitis

When your baby suckles on your breasts, it stimulates nerve endings that push the milk through a duct system and out through the nipple so your baby can feed.

However, these ducts can sometimes become blocked, preventing the milk from flowing correctly. When this happens, you may feel localized pain and tenderness in the affected breast. Your breast may also change coloration, becoming redder than usual.

Unless treated, the blockage may cause an infection in your breast known as mastitis. Once the condition develops, the affected breast will be red, warm, swollen, and painful on one side. Additionally, mastitis may also cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, fatigue, and aches.

If you have a clogged duct or mastitis, you should continue to breastfeed your baby from both sides and apply warm compresses before feeding to help reduce pain and promote milk flow. Additionally, massaging the blocked area can help unclog the duct.

Signs Your Clogged Duct or Mastitis Needs Medical Attention

  • There is no symptom improvement after 24 hours
  • You have a persistent fever or your fever spikes to 101°F or higher
  • Your breast becomes redder than usual, swollen and hot
  • You see red streaks on your breast going from the areola to the underarm
  • You see pus or blood in your milk
  • Your nipple looks infected

Hemorrhage

Hemorrhage, or heavy bleeding, is a well-documented cause of postnatal death. 

Although there’s little you can do to prevent hemorrhage, you can pay close attention to how much you’re bleeding during the two weeks following the birth of your baby.

 If you have excessive bleeding that soaks more than one sanitary pad per hour, let your doctor know and call 911.  

High Blood Pressure

Postpartum high blood pressure is a condition called preeclampsia. In most cases, it occurs within 48 hours after the delivery; however, it can develop up to six weeks after the birth of your child.

Preeclampsia is a serious condition classified as a medical emergency. If left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to kidney and liver failure, cause seizures, and even death.

Signs of Preeclampsia:

Get emergency medical care if you experience any of the following:

  • High blood pressure (140/90 mm Hg or higher)
  • Decreased urination
  • Severe headaches
  • Pain in the upper right portion of your belly or shoulder
  • Swelling in the legs, hands, or face
  • Vision changes (flashes of light in your vision or lasting dark spots)
  • Trouble breathing

Heart Failure

Some women experience a weakening of the heart, known as peripartum cardiomyopathy, during or shortly after pregnancy.

Your heart pumps up to 50% more blood while you are pregnant to nourish your growing baby. Scientists believe this added stress could be the cause of this type of heart failure.

Known risk factors for peripartum cardiomyopathy include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Being over 30
  • Having twins or more

Please rush to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if you have:

  • Chest pain
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Palpitations (your heart feels like it is skipping beats)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Swelling in the feet or ankles

Blood Clots

Although rare, blood clots are a leading cause of postpartum death. 

Most blood clots originate in the legs and, if dislodged, can travel to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.

New moms who had a C-section, have high blood pressure, are older than 35, or are obese, have a higher risk for blood clots after childbirth. Still, blood clots can happen to anyone, so it’s essential to recognize the emergency signs.

Get emergency care if you experience any of the following:

  • A red or swollen leg that’s painful or warm to the touch
  • Coughing or gasping for air
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath

The birth of a child is an exciting time in your family’s life, but it’s crucial not to lose sight of your health. If you feel like something is wrong, don’t delay. Instead, trust your instincts and seek medical help.

Altus Emergency Centers is closer than ever, with four convenient locations in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie. All our sites are available 24/7 to help you get through any postpartum emergencies.

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 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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top-of-the-line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts 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.

Preventing Accidental Injuries at Work and School

SAFETY STARTS WITH YOU!
Preventing Accidental Injuries at Work and School

At Altus Emergency Centers we’re the biggest fans of health and safey.  Today we’d like to show you a few easy pointers on preventing accidental injuries.

When it comes to improving safety measures in our daily lives, we can safely say, it’s a team effort. Every one of us can make small changes to our routines that will help make our workplace, schools, and communities safer.

We will start by looking at the most common preventable injuries, some tips to avoid them and what steps to take if they do happen.

Preventing accidental injuries at work

Preventable Injuries at Work

Repetitive Motion Injuries

Let’s begin preventing accidental injuries at work by learning about and how to avoid repetitive motion injuries.  Constantly making the same movements at our workplace, can create wear and tear on our muscles, tendons, and joints. Repetitive motion injuries don’t always require strenuous activity to develop; work activities such as typing and using the computer can slowly cause damage to our eyesight, increase the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome, and chronic back pain.

The pain you experience is due to damage to the muscles, tendons, and nerves, and can become irreversible if it continues for too long.

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How to Prevent Repetitive Motion Injuries

  • – If your job requires heavy lifting, follow proper lifting techniques such as:
  • – Lift heavy objects slowly and avoid jerky movements
  • – Face the item, do not twist your body when lifting
  • – Keep the object close to your body, your feet apart and lift with your legs, not your back
  • – Ask for help lifting items that might be too heavy to lift on your own
  • – Use ergonomic tools, like fatigue mats if you must stand for long periods, or adjustable chairs if you work at a desk.
  • – If you have a desk job make sure your workstation is adjusted to your needs, consider things like:
    • – Setting your chair where your back is straight and relaxed
    • – The top of your monitor should be at eye level to avoid having to bend your neck
    • – When typing your elbows should be at your sides, feet comfortably flat on the floor, and keep your wrists straight
Preventing accidental injuries at work

Slips, Falls, and “Walking Into” injuries

When we think of preventing accidental injuries the first thing that comes to mind is the typical slip and fall. Falls are one of the top ER issues for older patients, they can happen to anyone at any age.  Not paying attention where we are walking, as well as misplaced office furniture or equipment can cause a person to slip, fall, or walk into a static object resulting in head, knee, foot, back, or neck injuries, depending on the speed and height at which the fall occurs the wounds could be severe.

How to Prevent Slips, Falls and Walking into Injuries

  • – Maintain a neat and tidy workplace
  • – Mark potential hazards/obstacles like glass doors, windows, and stairs so people can easily see them
  • – Place non-slip rugs in potentially slippery areas like entrances
  • – Use appropriate signs to indicate wet surfaces
  • – Cover and label uneven floor surfaces as well as cords on the floor
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Preventable Injuries at School

Schools are supposed to be these safe havens where we send our kids to learn all about all the wonders of this world; but, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 9.2 million kids visit an emergency room every year for non-fatal unintentional injuries, and many of these occur in schools.  We hope that by focusing on preventing accidental injuries at school, we’ll have safer, happier kids.

The most common school injuries include:

Playground Injuries

While most of us can remember an instance where we suffered a minor injury on the playground when we were children, the reality is kids can be seriously injured while playing. Falling from monkey bars and swings, or tripping over equipment sends some 200,000 kids to an emergency room every year.

Preventing accidental injuries at school

Preventing Playground Injuries

  • – Demand that school playgrounds have soft materials covering the ground such as mulch, sand, or wood chips, this will help lessen the severity of the falls
  • – Kids need to be supervised by adults while on the playground, to ensure they only use equipment that is right for their age
  • – Playground equipment needs to regular maintenance, and guardrails installed to prevent falls
  • – Obstacles like tree stumps and roots should be cleared to avoid children tripping over them

Slipping, Tripping and Falling Injuries

  • – Aside from the embarrassment and bruised egos of kids, falling on stairs or wet surfaces can cause severe injuries like broken arms or legs, and concussions.

Preventing Slipping, Tripping & Falling Injuries

  • – Teach your kids never to run while going down the stairs
  • – Wet surfaces should be clearly labeled
  • – Place non-slip mats at all entrances and exits in the school
preventing playground injuries

Sport Injuries

Sports programs at school are essential for the development of kids. Sports help kids learn how to play as part of a team, embrace challenges, and push themselves to do more and better, but, safety must also be an integral part of every sports program.

Preventing Sports Injuries at School

  • – Kids should have access to proper fitting sports gear, helmets, shoulder pads, shin guards, and footwear
  • – Coaches need to teach proper techniques, and correct postures when necessary
  • – Keep kids hydrated
  • – Take breaks; even young bodies need to rest
preventing school sports injuries

What to do in the Event of an Unintentional Injury

We lead busy lives where we are often distracted by our phones or computers, and sometimes we are so used to our routines that we stop paying attention to our surroundings, this inevitably leads to unintentional injuries.

Depending on the severity of the injury immediate medical attention may be required, here is when you should come into the nearest Altus Emergency Center for treatment:

  • – If you sustained a head injury where you lost consciousness, or are feeling disoriented, tired, have nausea or trouble speaking
  • – Deep cuts where the bleeding does not stop
  • – Severe pain
  • – Severe swelling in the injured area
  • – You suspect you may have broken a bone
Preventing accidental injuries

Altus Emergency Centers cares about preventing accidental injuries.  However, should you or a loved one ever experience an injury, we are the best place have the latest diagnostic technologies and the most qualified emergency doctors and nurses to treat you and your loved ones; remember we are open 24/7 every day of the year.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

altus emergency 24 hr ER Texas

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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, 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.

COVID-19 Variants – What You Need to Know

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Variants

The following article on COVID-19 Variants is based upon official health sources such as WHO, CDC, and Texas Health & Human Services.  With so much information floating around about the pandemic, we hope to be able to break it down to the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 variants to help clarify a highly complex and quickly changing topic.  We recommend everyone to fact-check anything they hear, see or read with the official healthcare authorities.

Understanding the Variants Video Source: CDC

What is a COVID-19 Variant?

Before we even begin to get into COVID-19 variants, we’ll need to give you a quick biology class to understand what a variant really is.  As long as a virus is transmitted and allowed to thrive from host to host, it is expected to mutate and eventually create new variants.

 

As our human genetic material is called DNA, the virus genetic material is called RNA (ribonucleic acid).  A virus (which is not a living organism) needs to invade a happy and healthy cell in order to reproduce or replicate itself.  When it attacks the cell, it transmits its RNA making it a “sicky cell” and replicates it to basically make more virus-contaminated cells.  As the cells multiply, some errors can occur along the way so that they are not “perfect copies”, these unperfect copies of the original are called mutations.  When enough mutations occur, the strongest ones eventually set themselves apart from the rest (through natural selection) and become the dominant strain, a new variant.  (Source: Tufts University)

 

While there may be many mutations and variants, most will die but the stronger ones that survive can become dominant strains.  In the case of the COVID-19 virus, these are the ones who are being referred to as the “variants of concern”.

COVID-19 Varients of Concern in the US

Now, let’s get to know what the top COVID-19 Variants of Concern are within the US.  Since the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2) was officially identified by Chinese authorities on January 7, 2020 (source: WHO), there have been four main variants of concern (source: CDC).

Alpha – B.1.1.7

First Identified: United Kingdom

When: November 2020

Spread: Spreads much faster than other variants

Severe illness and death: May potentially cause more people to get sicker and to die

Vaccine: Currently authorized vaccines do work against this variant. Some breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated people are expected but remain rare. All vaccines are particularly effective against severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

Treatments: Treatments are effective against this variant

Beta – B.1.351

First identified: South Africa

When: October 2020

Spread: May spread faster than other variants

Severe illness and death: Current data do not indicate more severe illness or death than other variants

Vaccine: Currently authorized vaccines do work against this variant. Some breakthrough infections are expected but remain rare. All vaccines are particularly effective against severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

Treatments: Certain monoclonal antibody treatments are less effective against this variant

Gamma – P.1

First identified: Japan/Brazil

When: 6 January 2021

Spread: Spreads faster than other variants

Severe illness and death: Current data do not indicate more severe illness or death than other variants

Vaccine: Currently authorized vaccines do work against this variant. Some breakthrough infections are expected but remain rare. All vaccines are particularly effective against severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

Treatments: Certain monoclonal antibody treatments are less effective against this variant

Delta – B.1.617.2

First identified: India

When: Late 2020

Spread: Spreads much faster than other variants

Severe illness and death: May cause more severe cases than the other variants

Vaccine: Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. Some breakthrough infections are expected but remain rare. However, preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others. Learn more here. All vaccines are particularly effective against severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

Treatments: Certain monoclonal antibody treatments are less effective against this variant

Consult the WHO website for an updated list of COVID-19 common, less common, and more severe symptoms.

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Is There a Test for a Specific Variant?

You may be wondering, “If I get tested, can they tell which variant I may have?”  The simple answer is, “No” but it’s not that simple.  According to the CDC,

“All COVID-19 tests can detect all variants, but they will not tell you which variant you have.”

 

There are two types of tests:
  • Antigen Tests (Rapid Tests): Involves the detection of protein fragments associated with the virus.
  • PCR (Molecular):  This particular test detects the RNA (virus genetic material as previously described).

 

So basically, if you get an antigen test they cannot determine the specific variant.  However, scientists can track and investigate the COVID-19 variants through genomic sequencing.  As you can see, molecular testing does reveal genetic material that allows researchers to investigate the variants and be on the lookout for new ones.

The CDC answers the question, What is CDC doing to track SARS-COV-2 variants?

 

“In the United States, CDC tracks emerging variants through genomic surveillance with the following approaches:

  • Leading the National SARS-CoV-2 Strain Surveillance (NS3) system. Since November 2020, CDC regularly receives SARS-CoV-2 samples from state health departments and other public health agencies for sequencing, further characterization, and evaluation. On January 25, 2021, the NS3 system was scaled up to process 750 samples per week. Notable strengths of this system are the regular collection of numerous representative specimens from across the country and the characterization of viruses beyond what sequencing alone can provide.
  • Partnering with commercial diagnostic laboratories
  • Collaborating with universities
  • Supporting state, territorial, local and tribal health departments
  • Leading the SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing for Public Health Emergency Response, Epidemiology, and Surveillance (SPHERES) consortium”

 

Imagine all of the samples that the CDC, commercial diagnostic laboratories, and universities get on a daily basis.  That’s a lot of samples!

This helps give researchers the data to continuously look into the variants.  You may ask, “Why is genomic surveillance important for public health?”  Now that we have a good idea about what a variant of concern is, we can talk about the Variant of High Consequence.

What is a Variant of High Consequence?

Right now, the term, “variant of high consequence” is not circulating through the news.  We hope and pray that it never does.  While a variant of concern is basically what it says, causes concern but there are vaccines and treatments available, in the case of a variant of high consequence, there is none.

This would be a variant that would force scientists back to square one to find a new vaccine and treatments.

In other words, a variant of high consequence would render our current countermeasures useless. 

The CDC describes it as follows:

  • Demonstrated failure of diagnostic test targets
  • Evidence to suggest a significant reduction in vaccine effectiveness, a disproportionately high number of vaccine breakthrough cases, or very low vaccine-induced protection against severe disease
  • Significantly reduced susceptibility to multiple Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or approved therapeutics
  • More severe clinical disease and increased hospitalizations
The good news is that currently there are no COVID-19 Variants of High Consequence.

Source: CDC

However, as it is in its nature, as long as the virus continues to spread, it will most likely continue to mutate into other forms of variants.  Some of the COVID-19 future variants may potentially be much more dangerous than the current variants.

Now is the time to prevent the rise of a COVID-19 Variant of High Consequence.

If you are presently unvaccinated, please take the time to read and educate yourself on the current overcrowded hospitals with so many unvaccinated suffering from severe COVID-19 complications. Vaccines in the US are highly effective, including against all variants including the Delta which is the strongest variant of interest in the US today.

“The COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States are highly effective at preventing severe disease and death, including against the Delta variant.” – Source CDC.

For those who are fully vaccinated, if you live or visit a place that is of high transmission you should consider wearing a face mask while indoors to avoid the spread.  To find out the transmission rating of your county, visit the CDC’s COVID Integrated County View.

Together We Can Stop the Spread

At Altus Emergency, we have been through natural disasters and now the pandemic without having closed our doors even once.  It is during these harsh times that we dive into the cause wholeheartedly.

With hospitals being severely overcrowded and emergency rooms closing, we put everything into helping our communities, day in and day out.  This has been a rough time for everyone, we hope and pray that if we all work together to help educate our communities, we can help put an end to this pandemic.  Please keep in mind that the unvaccinated are the most at risk for severe complications of all COVID-19 variants. 

According to health authorities, “Virtually all hospitalizations and deaths continue to be among the unvaccinated.”  Putting an end to this pandemic is in all of our hands.

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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to care for you and your family 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. 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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