How to Avoid the Flu

Bypass the Misery of Flu Season

How to Avoid the Flu

The dreaded flu season is fast approaching, and we know nobody wants to feel miserable for 2 whole weeks, and if you are a parent then you know it is going to be a domino effect, one by one everyone in the household will fall ill.

The flu isn’t a simple cold, the symptoms are much more severe and for those individuals who are high-risk: adults over the age of 65, children under the age of 6, women who are pregnant or anyone with a chronic disease like diabetes, asthma, or cardiovascular disease, complications from the flu can prove deadly.

As part of our ongoing commitment to help the members of our community stay healthy and avoid the flu (influenza) and other viral infections, the medical staff at Altus Emergency Centers would like to share some important facts and safety tips to avoid getting bedridden this season.

Not so Fun Facts About the Influenza Virus

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Know the Flu Facts

  • The flu is caused by various strains of the virus that mutates constantly, this is the reason why a new flu vaccine is released every year.
  • It is estimated that anywhere between 140,000 to 710,000 people are year are hospitalized due to the flu.
  • The CDC estimated that the number of deaths associated with the 2017 – 2018 flu season at 80,000 which was a significant increase in relation to the previous years 2015-2016 which was between 12,000 and 56,000.
  • As of October 27th, 2018, the CDC has reported a total of 185 pediatric deaths for the 2017-2018 season.
  • The flu virus can travel up to 6 feet with every time someone infected coughs or sneezes.
  • An individual can be contagious 1-4 days before symptoms manifest and can remain contagious for another 5-7 days after symptoms begin.

How to Avoid the Flu Season Blues

The flu is a viral respiratory illness.  This means that anyone can easily become ill by coming into contact with airborne droplets from an infected individual.  Due to the fact that contaminated droplets can travel up to 6 feet when someone coughs or sneezes, it is very difficult to avoid contact altogether, but there are ways to safeguard yourself and your loved ones to avoid the flu.

Get Vaccinated as Early in the Season as Possible

You can still contract the virus from someone else up to 2-weeks after getting vaccinated, so early vaccination is important.

The yearly flu shot will protect you from 3-4 flu strains that are predicted to cause the most damage that year. Also, it can help you recover from the illness faster, often avoiding 2-4 days in bed.  Most importantly, it helps prevent serious complications from the flu such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and ear or sinus infections.  The small prick of a needle is better than days or weeks of agony.  Avoid the flu by getting vaccinated early on each year.

Become Obsessed with Good Hygiene

Avoid the flu and other viruses by washing your heads with soap and water frequently.  This is especially important when you are at work, or after riding public transportation, as you could come in contact with the virus and not know it.

Teach your children to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water, and not to share food and drinks with their friends.

If you don’t have access to soap and water, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a good substitute, also keep antibacterial cleaning towels handy, so you can clean your desk and other surfaces with regularity.

Take Good Care of Yourself

A healthy immune system will be instrumental in helping your body avoid and fight the flu virus. Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep, a recent study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University concluded that getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night decreases the chances of getting a cold or flu by 30%.

How do I avoid the flu by being healthy? We recommend that you maintain a well-balanced diet, avoid fatty foods, and too many sweets that are plentiful this time of year, make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.  Also, make sure to stay away from other bad habits such as smoking or drinking alcohol in excess.

When Should You Visit the ER?

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Regardless of how careful you are, sometimes getting sick with the flu is unavoidable, and unfortunately, the symptoms will make you feel miserable for a few days, but, there are some warning signs that could signal flu complications that will require medical attention:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, these are not normal symptoms of the flu, if you experience them it could be something more serious such as an asthma attack, or pneumonia.
  • Chest Pain, this could be a signal heart disease, and you should get immediate medical care.
  • A persistent cough especially one accompanied by phlegm, if you notice blood in your phlegm, go to the nearest Altus ER Center immediately.
  • If you are suffering from confusion or sudden dizziness, there are several reasons why you could be feeling this way, so, it is best to get a proper diagnosis from a healthcare professional.
  • Severe and persistent vomiting, this could lead to dehydration, and you may require intravenous fluids.
  • Pain or trouble swallowing, although a sore throat can be a symptom of the flu if you experience severe pain or have trouble while swallowing, it could be you have strep throat.
  • Persistent fever, a fever lasting more than 3 days could mean you have a bacterial infection and require antibiotics.
  • If your cough, fever, or other symptoms return in the second week after the onset of the flu or if your symptoms never get better and instead become worse, you may be developing pneumonia.

Altus Emergency Centers is here for you during the worst of the flu season and the rest of year 24/7.  We hope you don’t fall victim to the flu virus this year, but if you do, and you show any of the above signs, visit your nearest Altus ER.  We will be here to nurse you and your loved ones back to health and enjoying the upcoming holidays.

Know Where to Go In the Event of an Emergency

If you are ever in need of quality emergency care, you will not have to wait in line at Altus Emergency Centers. All of our ERs are fully equipped and open 24/7.

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 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 get you well fast 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.

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. 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 Playground 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
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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
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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

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

Summer Outdoor Safety – Tips to Enjoy the Great Outdoors!

Summer Outdoor Safety

Summer is finally here, if you needed an excuse to spend more time outdoors, then look no further, June is Great Outdoors Month and National Camping Month, imagine all the fun you can have during these long sunny days.

Camping is one of the best ways to enjoy nature; there is no better feeling than to sit around a campfire, telling stories, singing, roasting marshmallows, and sleeping under the stars with your favorite people, be it your family or a group of friends.

As fun as being outdoors is, spending too much time in the sun can carry serious consequences.  At Altus Emergency Centers, we have selected a few summer outdoor safety rules to help you enjoy the best of summer without regrets.

To avoid ruining your fun activities, follow our summer outdoor safety tips!

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How to Stay Safe When Out Camping

To ensure your camping trip is a memorable experience for all the right reasons remember to:

  • Never build your campfire under low trees or branches, never leave a campfire unattended, and always put out the flame before going to bed.
  • Don’t approach wild animals, don’t try to feed them, and never disturb them while they are sleeping or eating. Stay away from mothers and their babies.
  • Keep your food in airtight containers, and your camp as clean as possible to avoid attracting wild animals.
  • Separate raw foods some cooked foods. Cook foods to proper temperatures and chill any leftovers promptly.
  • – Wear bug spray.
  • Watch out for poisonous plants; we recommend you do some research about the possible poisonous plants around your camping area, make sure everyone in your family knows how to recognize them.
  • Take a first aid kit that includes: band-aids and bandages, cotton swabs, sterile gauze pads, antibiotic cream, sunburn ointment, aspirin or ibuprofen, eye drops, thermometer, antibiotic soap, tweezers, small pair of scissors, heat, and cold packs, first aid manual, eye drops, as well as snake bite kit.
  • Keep a list of medications, allergies, and medical conditions for each person going on our camping trip. Make sure to include the contact information of their doctors and the nearest Altus Emergency Center.
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Enjoy Your Water Activities to the Fullest

Whether you are planning to go fishing, boating, paddle boarding, tubing, water skiing, swimming, surfing, or kayaking, water safety measures should always be your priority.

  • Don’t go into the water alone, it is best to enjoy any water sport or activity with someone else, not only is it more fun, they can help you if you have an accident.
  • – Regardless of how good a swimmer you are, always wear a lifejacket while out at sea, lakes, or rivers.
  • Check the weather forecast before you venture out; paddlers should pay attention to wind and fog conditions near shore, surfers and swimmers need to be vigilant of rip currents. If you are going fishing or just taking a boat ride in open waters, you need to be cautious of strong winds, and rough seas as your boat could capsize.
  • Protect your skin, wear plenty of waterproof sunscreens, and reapply often.
  • – If you know you are going to be in cold waters, consider wearing a wetsuit. Water temperatures as warm as 75° – 80°F can pose a risk for hypothermia.
  • Label your gear with emergency contact information and any medical conditions or allergies you may have.
  • Always supervise children who are in or around bodies of water.
  • – Water sports and alcohol are not good partners. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water or sports drinks but avoid alcoholic beverages.
The long days of summer are meant to be enjoyed outdoors, plan your vacation with plenty of time, take as many precautions as you can and remember Altus Emergency Centers are always close by to help you in case of an accident.
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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 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, 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.

Men’s Health Month – Get Dad Healthy!

It’s Men’s Health Month!

4 Tips to Keep Dad Healthy

Men’s Health Month we celebrate men, so a big shout-out to all the dads, grandpas, hubbies, brothers, and father figures in our lives! Time to get dad healthy and keep him that way!

We all know this month we celebrate Father’s Day, but did you know that June is also Men’s Health Education and Awareness Month?  This is perfect timing to consider that the best father’s day gift is Good Health!

This observance is celebrated to raise men’s health awareness and encourage men of all ages to work together with their families to adopt a better lifestyle that includes exercise and healthy eating habits.

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The most common diseases affect both men and women, however, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women on average live five years more than men. While this is not great news for the guys, the male life expectancy gap improved from 1979 when women on average lived 7.8 years longer than men; however, male life expectancy has decreased in the last two years.

Men are now living longer in part because of the efforts to raise awareness about healthcare. Most men don’t like to talk about or acknowledge their health problems, this is mostly due to social stigma; sadly men have been made to feel ashamed for being ill, and it is because of this that most men don’t get regular checkups.

It is essential for both men and women to get regular checkups, as these aid in early detection of the leading causes of death in America, such as:

  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases
  • Cerebrovascular Diseases (Stroke)
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease
  • Influenza and Pneumonia
  • Chronic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis
  • Hypertension

Men’s Health has come a long way in the last 40 years, we have increased male life expectancy, and improved diagnostic tests, and treatments, but we can do more.

For this reason, the staff of Altus Emergency Centers wants to help dads live longer, healthier lives. We are already committed to saving the lives of those who visit our centers, but, as always prevention is the best medicine, so follow our helpful tips to improve your health and that of the extraordinary men in your life.

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Protect Your Heart

Heart Disease is the number one reason men die in this country, luckily, there are simple ways to strengthen and improve your heart’s function, the most important one is diet.

Improving the way we eat, will help keep our hearts healthy, and you don’t need to give up all your favorite foods, but you should reduce the amount of saturated fat you consume, lower your sodium intake, and add more vegetables, and fruits to your diet. When serving, remember fruits and vegetables should be half of the plate.

You Got to Move it Move it

Most guys think exercise should be intense workouts with heavy weights. We won’t discourage this type of training, but, it is not necessary to be healthier. Just 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise a day is enough to help you live longer and improve your quality of life as you age.

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Be Proactive

Think about how you take care of your car, you know preventive maintenance is essential, that is why you regularly change the oil, you change the brake pads, and rotate the tires, right? So why won’t you do the same for you? Don’t wait until you are feeling sick to visit your doctor, be proactive and take care of yourself; regular medical checkups can catch small problems before they become big ones.

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Talk it Out

Life can be overwhelming sometimes, and just because you are a guy doesn’t mean you have to be tough and brave all the time. Emotional stress hurts our health and can take years off our lives; therefore, it’s not only ok to seek help, but it is also needed. So, talk to your partner, talk to a friend, or find a therapist who can help you deal with emotional issues.

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

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

Dunbar Primary Student Wellness Fair

Dunbar Primary Student Wellness Fair in Lufkin Rocks!

At the Science Fair

Nothing is better than experiencing science live! Last Friday, March 9th, 2018, staff from CHI St. Luke’s Health – Memorial enjoyed teaching kids from the Dunbar Primary School in Lufkin, Texas through science!  How did this happen?  Well, it was not one, but two fun stations that were sponsored to teach kids valuable health and prevention tips they can treasure for a lifetime.

What Did The Children Learn?

Station 1

At the Dunbar Primary Student Wellness Fair, Station 1 was a hand washing training station where students learned how to properly wash their hands. The children rubbed a safe liquid on their hands and placed them under a black light. This revealed that on the surface our hands appear clean. However, germs are everywhere. After properly washing the hands for 15 seconds, students returned to the black light to observe their hands were “clean.” This was a demonstration stressing the importance of proper hand washing.

THE CHILDREN LEARNED

If you don’t clean your hands properly, you risk having harmful germs on your hands and spreading them to others!  Learn to wash your hands correctly and frequently to avoid the spread of yucky germs!

Station 2

Now it’s time for Station number two.  At the Dunbar Primary Student Wellness Fair, students practiced staying calm and calling 911 individually on the large keypad board display, without forgetting to press the “Call” button to actually place the call. This is a step that children often forget. Children also have an issue knowing how to get into the phone app to reach the keypad.

 

After this exercise students learned about several medical instruments, such as the stethoscope and what they are used for and when. By the end of the session, they were able to identify each and know their proper function and use. They easily identified toy versions that would light up or mimic the results of the professional instruments. For example, the toy stethoscope would light up and mimic a heartbeat. Instruments covered were the X-Ray machine, stethoscope, ear thermometer, and syringe.

THE CHILDREN LEARNED

 

A bunch of cool stuff!  Not only did they learn how to dial 911 but they also learned about various medical instruments.  The super cool kids enjoyed taking X-Rays of their hands and giving us all shots! Ultimately they know the doctor is not scary, and we simply go there to receive treatment to become well.

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Fun Times at Dunbar Primary School: Photo Gallery

Seeing is believing! Thank you to all of the wonderful staff from Dunbar Primary Student Wellness Fair for giving us the opportunity to teach children valuable lessons about health and prevention. In the photos are admin Lauren Frazier, a presenter at the science fair, along with two other CHI St Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center employees.  Enjoy the photos, we will treasure the amazing memories!

We’re Here for You & Your Child When You Need Help the Most

During a medical emergency, there is no time to waste, especially in delicate cases that involve children. We believe in providing parents fast access to ER care so that their children will not have to wait long times to be attended. At CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center, we are always open, always ready and always fast when caring for adults and children. Visit our Facebook or Instagram pages to stay up to date with our Lufkin Community activity participation, safety tips, and great photos.

 

YES! We Do Accept Medicare & Medicaid

CHI St. Luke’s Health Emergency Center is In-Network, Accepting Medicare and Medicaid.  Your trusted source for Fast 24/7 ER Care. We’re reliable, convenient, and will not turn anyone away who is emergent.

You can count on us Monday through Sunday, 24/7,  even through the holidays.  We’re located in front of Sam’s and Walmart with a convenient parking area, so drop by anytime you need high-quality ER Care!

CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial ER Lufkin
Always Here. Always Fast. Always Open.

Next to Sam’s and Walmart!
501 N. Brentwood Drive
Lufkin, Texas

CALL US: 1 936-699-5900

Friendly ER Visit to Another Pumpkin Patch Preschool

Smiles & Cheer at Another Pumpkin Patch Preschool

Our Staff & Health Bear Were Thrilled to Entertain Another Pumpkin Patch Preschool!

Last Friday, March 9th, 2018 was a treat for many adorable preschoolers and their teachers at Another Pumpkin Patch Preschool.  It was a day filled with smiles and lessons learned. The daycare and preschool in Huntington, Texas whose motto is, “Learn and Grow Together” received a special treat!  The staff from CHI St. Luke’s Health Emergency Center and their life size Teddy Bear entertained the children with story time.  It is natural for both adults and little ones to be afraid of a trip to the doctor.  However, in the event of an emergency, it’s important that they learn that a trip to the ER is a good thing.  At CHI St. Luke’s Health Emergency Center, we are here to help take care of their “ouches” and “boo-boo’s” as fast as possible.

Highlights from our Visit to Another Pumpkin Patch Preschool!

Fun Times at Another Pumpkin Patch Preschool: Photo Gallery

Happy children, teddy bears and lots of hugs!  The children learned all about a trip to the ER and each took home a mini version of the CHI Teddy Bear to ease their fears of the ER and hospital. We really enjoyed the kids of Another Pumpkin Patch Preschool and hope they take home their lessons learned. 

We’re Here for You & Your Child When You Need Help the Most

During a medical emergency, there is no time to waste, especially in delicate cases that involve children. We believe in providing parents fast access to ER care so that their children will not have to wait long times to be attended. At CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center, we are always open, always ready and always fast when caring for adults and children. Visit our Facebook or Instagram pages to stay up to date with our Lufkin Community activity participation, safety tips and great photos.

 

YES! We Do Accept Medicare & Medicaid

CHI St. Luke’s Health Emergency Center is In-Network, Accepting Medicare and Medicaid.  Your trusted source for Fast 24/7 ER Care Now Offers outpatient imaging and lab services daily. We’re reliable and convenient will not turn anyone away who is emergent.

You can count on us Monday through Sunday, 24/7 and even through the holidays.  We’re located in front of Sam’s and Walmart with a convenient park area,  so drop by anytime you need high-quality ER Care!

 

CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial ER Lufkin
Always Here. Always Fast. Always Open.

Next to Sam’s and Walmart!
501 N. Brentwood Drive
Lufkin, Texas

CALL US: 1 936-699-5900

Safe Toys and Gifts Month – Avoid Accidental Injuries

A Guide for Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Avoid Injuries Associated With Unsafe Toys

Tis the season for giving, December is a special month as there are many religious and cultural celebrations this time of year. Because of this, the tradition of gifting our loved ones this time of year as a way to show our love and appreciation has become widespread.

We at Altus Emergency Centers would also like to show our appreciation for the loving support we have received from the communities we serve this year, and taking advantage of December being Safe Toys and Gift Month, we have prepared a simple safe toys guide for holiday gift shopping.

According to the latest report from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 240,000 toy-related injuries were treated in Emergency Rooms across the country in 2016. This highlights the importance of gifting safe toys this Holiday Season.

 

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What to look for and what to avoid when buying toys?

Most of the toy-related injuries reported to the CPSC last year were children under the age of 15, and 39% of these injuries were due to lacerations, contusions, or abrasions.

New toys are constantly entering the market, we recommend you follow a watchdog site to receive updates on recalled toys, so you can avoid purchasing them or return them if you already have.

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The Safe Toys Guide:  What to Look For

It’s important to acknowledge that unless you know what to look for, it’s difficult to know the difference between the safe toys and gifts and the potentially dangerous ones.  Please read the following to be aware:

  • Always look for the “ATSM” label on toys, having this label means the toy has passed the standards set by the American Society of Testing Materials.
  • If your gift includes art supplies these should be labeled as non-toxic.
  • Read labels to ensure toys do not contain led paint.
  • Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Make sure the label on any stuffed animals indicates it can be washed.
  • Always make sure you are gifting a toy appropriate for the child’s age, maturity, and abilities.
  • Always read the warnings and safety precautions that come with the toys.
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The “Bad Toys” – What to Avoid

  • Toys with sharp edges, or those with spikes, rods, or dangerous rigid points.
  • Projectile toys or those that include flying parts as these can cause unintentional injuries. Remember that BB guns are not toys.  If you insist purchasing one, be mindful if the child’s age and never leave them unsupervised.
  • Only buy toys that will withstand impact, if you fear the material might break into dangerous shards do not buy it.
  • Avoid excessively loud toys, if the sound is too loud it could damage your child’s ears.
  • Avoid toys with long pull strings, try keeping these to less than 7 inches.
  • If you have children under the age of 3 avoid any toys with small parts that they can put in their mouths

Most Common Toy Injuries in Children

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The risk of not heeding the warnings associated with Safe Toys and Gifts Month are many.  According to the CPSC report, the top toy categories that are related to injuries in children are:

  • Nonmotorized Scooters which accounts for 20% of all reported injuries in 2016.
  • Toys Not Specified were responsible for 24% of all incidents reported last year.
  • Toy Balls accounted for 9% of injuries
  • Toy Vehicles caused 6% of the injuries

Top Toy Related Injuries Resulting in Trips to the ER

The most common injuries attended by emergency room medical staff last year were:

  • Lacerations
  • Contusions and Abrasions
  • Strains and Sprains
  • Fractures
  • Internal Injuries
  • Ingestion of toys or toy parts
  • Concussions
  • Dislocation
  • Puncture Injuries

Toy Gifting Safety Tips

Buying the perfect gift involves a lot more than just buying the most popular toy this season.  The gift of safety is priceless, and it doesn’t require much work, all you need to do is follow these Safe Toys and Gifts Tips:

  • Buy age-appropriate toys, all toys describe the age they are appropriate for, even video games.
  • Do your homework, investigate which toys are not considered safe and avoid those.
  • Read all the warning labels and follow the precautions that accompany the toy.
  • Learn how to properly use the toy, and then teach your kids how to do use it.
  • Buy quality toys, we know they might be more expensive, but good quality materials are less likely to break and cause injury.
  • Have an adult present when children are opening their gifts, inspect the toy to ensure it is safe before allowing your kids to play with it.
  • If you are giving or have received edible gifts, beware of ingredients that may trigger allergies or food sensitivity symptoms.
  • Ask your friends and family to place their presents in a safe place where children cannot grab them.

Altus Emergency is Open 24/7 During the Holidays

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Altus Emergency Centers is here for you 24/7 during all of the holidays.  We implore you to keep these toy safety tips in mind to help avoid a possible injury.  However, if your child sustains any type of injury or any other type of emergency situation please visit your nearest Altus ER. We provide the very best medical emergency care in the most urgent of situations.

From our family at Altus Emergency Centers to yours, we wish you a happy and safe Holiday Season!

Baytown Christmas Raffle – Free Stuffed Stockings

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Like, Tag and Share to Win Two Free Stuffed Christmas Stockings!

Enter the Altus Emergency Center Baytown Christmas Raffle! You could be the lucky winners of 2 Christmas His and Her Stockings packed with two FREE $50 Gift Cards and lots of goodies!

Santa is Early this Year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At Altus Emergency Centers, we’re overjoyed to share in the Holiday Cheer with our beautiful Baytown community.  Thank you for staying with us yet another year and we wish you a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.

We invite you to enter our Free Baytown Christmas Raffle!

  • RAFFLE PRIZE THAT’S UP FOR GRABS:  $100 VALUE FREE CHRISTMAS RAFFLE GIVEAWAY.  Win 2 Christmas stockings stuffed with a $50 Target Gift card each and surprise stocking stuffer gifts!

  • How to Participate:  Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends

  • Draw Date: Wednesday, December 20th 2017

HOW IT WORKS

SOCIAL MEDIA GIVEAWAY RAFFLE: Just Like, Tag & Share to Enter!

It’s Free to Participate in the #BaytownXmasRaffle. Hurry! The Winner will be drawn on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017!

PARTICIPATE BY SHARING WITH YOUR FRIENDS! You can participate through all of our social media pages!

FACEBOOK: Visit our Altus Emergency Baytown Facebook and Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends.

TWITTER: Follow our Altus Emergency Centers Twitter page and Like, Retweet & Tag 2 Friends.

INSTAGRAM: Follow our Altus ER Baytown Instagram and Tag two friends in the comments. If you haven’t already, like us today!

What Will You Get if You Win?

We wish everyone the best luck in your participation of our Altus Emergency Center Baytown Christmas Raffle. Remember to SHARE PUBLICLY as we always check to make sure that the post shows up on your page.

After all of the sharing is done, stay tuned to find out if YOUR name comes up as the winner of Pair of Stuffed Christmas Stockings sponsored by Altus Emergency Center Baytown.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Altus Emergency Centers Baytown!

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Rules:

  • Social Media: You must Like our Page, Share the Post Publicly & Tag Two Friends.
  • You will rack up contest entries through our social media pages.
  • The winner will be rewarded with 2 free stuffed Christmas stockings.
  • In order to receive your prize, the winner must present a valid photo ID and agree to have a photo taken.
  • The following are not eligible to participate in the contest: employees of the company, affiliates, or any agency working with the company, and their immediate families.
  • Altus Emergency is not liable should any Social Media site experience any issues or downtime.
  • Any disputes relating to eligibility will be determined solely by Altus Emergency.
  • Altus Emergency reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time without prior notice.
  • The Raffle Draw will take place on 12-20-2017.

Lufkin Christmas Raffle Giveaway

Lufkin Christmas Raffle Giveaway

Like, Tag and Share to Win a Family Pack of Free Stuffed Christmas Stockings!

Enter the CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial – Emergency Center Lufkin Christmas Raffle. You could be the lucky winner of a Family Pack of Stockings Stuffed with over $200 worth of FREE Goodies & Gift Cards!

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Lufkin Christmas Raffle Giveaway 2017

WIN 4 Christmas Stockings Stuffed with FREE Goodies & Gift Cards for Mom, Dad & the Kids! All you have to do to participate is Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends. The Draw is on December 20th!

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!

Christmas Joy is happening all around us, it even snowed! At CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial – Emergency Center, it’s our pleasure to serve lovely Lufkin, Texas.  We thank you for trusting us to care for you and your loved ones during times of urgency.  We’re happy to work with the community to help forge a happier and healthier future for Lufkin.  More than anything else, we love to spread smiles!

Enter our Free Lufkin Christmas Raffle!

  • RAFFLE PRIZE THAT’S UP FOR GRABSParticipate in our free Lufkin Christmas Raffle for a chance to win 4 stockings stuffed to the brim with great gifts including: yummy sweets, techie fun items, two (2) $25 Free Gift Cards and one Free moviepass.com subscription. 

  • How to Participate:  Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends

  • Draw Date: Sunday, December 20th, 2017

HOW IT WORKS

SOCIAL MEDIA GIVEAWAY RAFFLE: Just Like, Tag & Share to Enter!

It’s Free to Participate in the #LufkinXmasRaffle. Hurry! The Winners will be drawn on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017!

PARTICIPATE BY SHARING WITH YOUR FRIENDS! You can participate through all of our social media pages!

FACEBOOK: Visit our CHI St. Luke’s Health ER Facebook and Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends.

INSTAGRAM: Follow our chi_st_lukes_er Instagram and Tag two friends in the comments. If you haven’t already, like us today!

We’re Checking the List, Checking it Twice!

We wish everyone the best luck in your participation of our CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial – Emergency Center Lufkin Christmas Raffle. Remember to SHARE PUBLICLY as we always check to make sure that the post shows up on your page.

After all of the sharing is done, stay tuned to find out if YOUR name comes up as the winner of Family Pack of Stuffed Stockings sponsored by CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial – Emergency Center Lufkin.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year 2018!

Rules:

  • Social Media: You must Like our Page, Share the Post Publicly & Tag Two Friends.
  • You will rack up contest entries through our social media pages.
  • The winner will be rewarded with 4 free stuffed Christmas stockings.
  • In order to receive your prize, the winner must present a valid photo ID and agree to have a photo taken.
  • The following are not eligible to participate in the contest: employees of the company, affiliates, or any agency working with the company, and their immediate families.
  •  CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center is not liable should any Social Media site experience any issues or downtime.
  • Any disputes relating to eligibility will be determined solely byCHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center.
  • Altus Emergency reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time without prior notice.
  • The Raffle Draw will take place on 12-20-2017.

CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial ER Lufkin
Lufkin’s Premier Freestanding ER.
Always Here. Always Fast. Always Open.

Next to Sam’s and Walmart!
501 N. Brentwood Drive
Lufkin, Texas

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Fun Handwashing Tips for Kids

Fun Handwashing Tips for Kids

Tricks to Show Your Kids How to Wash Their Hands Correctly

This is the final day of National Handwashing Awareness Week. For adults who don’t spend a lot of time with children, this celebration might seem a little unnecessary, but to parents who are constantly trying to get their kids to wash their hands before eating, after going to the restroom and when they come inside from playing, this is an extremely important event.

As always, we at Altus ER have some effective tricks up our sleeve to help you parents instill good hygiene habits onto your kids, handwashing can seem a boring chore for kids, but we are here to help you make it less of a chore and more of a fun activity.

Why Should You Teach Your Kids Proper Handwashing Techniques?

Proper handwashing is the best way to prevent children from becoming sick and spreading germs. Teaching your kids to wash their hands with soap and water will help prevent them from contracting the following illnesses:

  • The common cold and flu virus

  • Hepatitis A

  • Meningitis

  • Bronchiolitis

  • And many types of diarrhea

What is the proper way to wash your hands?

Are your Hands Really Clean?

A study conducted by researchers at the Michigan State University in 2013, revealed that an alarming 95% of people do not properly wash their hands.

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

  • Wet your hands with water (temperature does not matter).

  • Lather your hands with soap, make sure you apply soap to the back of your hands as well.

  • Scrub your hands for 20 seconds or more, make sure to scrub the back of your hands, wrists, in between fingers and under the fingernails.

  • Rinse with plenty of water.

  • Dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel or air dryer.

Fun Ways to Get Your Child to Wash Their Hands

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Sing a Song

The CDC recommends you sing happy birthday twice when you are scrubbing your hands to ensure you do it for at least 20 seconds, it’s probably not the best song to have your kids sing every day as they might expect a birthday present and cake.

You can create your own song about washing hands, or you can use a popular one that is sung to the tune of “Row your Boat” it goes like this: “wash, wash, wash your hands, wash them nice and clean. Scrub the fronts and scrub the backs and scrub the in-between” You will need to sing this at least twice.

Buy Fun Soaps

Kids love to play, so why not let them play with soap? Buying fun shape soap bars or liquid soap that have their favorite characters on the label is a good way to get kids to want to wash their hands.

Get Creative

Here are some more fun and creative ideas to get your kids to want to wash their hands:

  • Mix some glitter with water in a spray bottle, spray their hands with this mixture then have them wash it off, if you have more than one kid turn it into a friendly competition to see who can get the glitter off first.

  • Teach your kids how to blow soap bubbles, have them later and scrub their hands properly and then show them how they can make a circle with their thumb and forefinger and blow bubbles.

  • Buy them a water safe toy and have them give it a proper wash.

  • Make a game where you task your kids to get rid of pesky germs by scrubbing their hands, make funny noises and in the end, say bye, bye germs.

When Should You Pay Altus Emergency Centers a Visit?

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Teaching your children to properly wash their hands is something that will safeguard them for life, however, regardless of how careful you are with their hygiene, there will be times when they will get sick, and that is when Altus Emergency Centers will be there to take care of your little ones.

Altus Emergency Centers is here for you during the worst of the flu season and the rest of year 24/7.  We hope you don’t fall victim to the flu virus this year, but if you do, and you show any of the above signs, visit your nearest Altus ER.  We will be here to nurse you and your loved ones back to health and enjoying the December holidays.

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