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Preventing Accidental Injuries at Work and School

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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
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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
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.

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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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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.

Safe Christmas Traveling Safety Tips

Safe Christmas Traveling Safety Tips

The Christmas Holiday is just around the corner, and for many of us, that means holiday travel. Whether you will be driving across state lines or just to the other side of town, these Safe Christmas Traveling Safety Tips will help keep you and your loved ones safe during this busy time.

A Tragic Trend in Texas Road Accidents

Our state has one of the highest rates of traffic deaths in the country. This year alone, the Texas Department of Transportation lists more than 11 people lost their lives in traffic accidents every day.

At the start of November, the state registered 3,556 fatalities, of these:

  • 1,174 deaths were due to speeding
  • 315 people died due to accidents caused by distracted driving
  • 555 pedestrians died in traffic accidents
  • 889 people died because they were not using a seatbelt
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Prevention Tips

While we may be unable to prevent all accidents, we can certainly take the necessary precautions to lower this Holiday Season’s statistics.

The following travel safety tips aim to help keep you and your family safe from harm.

Get Your Vehicle Serviced

Before you embark on your holiday road trip, take your car to a trusted mechanic or the dealership to have it checked to ensure it’s in good working order.

Leave with Time to Spare

During the holiday season, traffic increases. So, plan your trip ahead of time and map out alternative roads you can take if necessary.

Leave your home with time to spare to arrive at your destination; this way, you won’t feel the need to speed to arrive on time.

Safety Tips for Long-Distance Trips

If you are going on a long-distance trip, it’s a good idea to switch drivers along the way. However, if you are traveling alone, make sure to stop frequently to stretch and rest.

Get a good night’s sleep before starting your trip and avoid driving through the night as you are more likely to doze off and cause an accident.

Keep Your Eyes on the Road and Your Hands on the Wheel

Distracted driving is a leading cause of traffic accidents. So, while you are behind the wheel, don’t text and drive!

Also, if you are driving with children or pets, always stop the car if you need to check on them. Avoid taking your eyes off the road, which increases your chance of being involved in a traffic accident.

Store Food and Snacks Safely

Food poisoning is no joke, and it can ruin your holiday. If you plan to take snacks to eat while on the road, make sure you store them correctly.

Place perishable goods in an ice cooler to keep them from spoiling. Remember to wash your hands before eating.

Mass Transport Safety Tips

When using any means of mass transport such as planes, trains, or buses, remember we are still in the mists of a pandemic, and flu season is here.

With the new SARS-CoV2 variant Omicron, we still need to keep our guard up even if we are vaccinated. To protect yourself, follow these safety tips:

  • Wear a mask while on a bus, train, or plane
  • When possible, avoid sitting next to strangers. Instead, try to sit next to family members
  • Wash your hands after touching high traffic areas, including handrails and doors
  • Don’t touch your face or eat without first washing your hands
  • Get vaccinated or have a booster shot to increase your ability to fight off severe illness

Altus Emergency Centers wishes you and your loved ones a Happy and Safe Christmas. We will remain open during these festive days to help care for you and your family in the event 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!

Christmas Lighting Safety Tips

Christmas Lighting Safety Tips

The holidays are here, and it’s time to deck our homes, which means putting on your incredible Christmas lights display.

But before you let your holiday cheer take control, remember safety should always come first. Falls, fires, electrocution, and other mishaps can occur and ruin your Christmas if you’re not careful.

According to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, as many as 200 decorating-related injuries happen daily during the holiday season, half of which are accidents involving falls.

Additionally, holiday decorating-related injuries send about 17,500 Americans to the ER every year. So, before you climb that latter with a tangle of lights on one hand, please read our suggested safety tips.

Christmas Lighting Safety Tips

Inspect the Lights Before You Hang Them

Carefully inspect each light string for cracked or frayed cords. Replace any missing, damaged, or burnt-out bulbs.

Make sure your lights are safe for outdoor use. Look for the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) red stamp that certifies your decorations are safe for outdoor use.

 

Throw away any damaged strands.

Detangle the strands while on the ground so you won’t have to do it while balancing on a ladder.

 

Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts

Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause water to overflow onto your Christmas lights, creating an electrical hazard.

 

Secure Your Ladder

Secure your ladder and make sure it’s on level ground before you climb it. Always have someone help you by holding the ladder to help keep it stable and minimize the risk of falling.

Place your later in a location that is far away from power lines to avoid electrocution.

Avoid Walking on The Roof

Angled or high-pitched roofs and slippery shingles can turn your holiday decoration installation into a real hazard. Suppose you want to add decorations to your roof. In that case, the best way to go about it is to hire a professional who has the proper tools, equipment, and experience to do it for you.

 

Use Plastic Safety Clips

Plastic safety clips are inexpensive and easy to use. They are also safer than using tacks or nails to secure hanging lights on the outside of your home. Staples and nails can damage the wires creating a fire hazard.

 

Use the Right Extension Cords

Only use heavy-duty extension cords that are certified for outdoor use. To avoid overloading your extension cords, don’t exceed more than three sets of lights per extension cord.

Make sure to keep cords out of walkways and secure cables with heavy tape to prevent tripping hazards.

 

Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs)

To help prevent electric shock, plug your outdoor lights into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI).

 

Use a Timer

Placing your lights on a timer can help lower your electrical bill and prevent your decorations from overheating.

Turn your lights off when you go to bed or leave the house. Never leave your Christmas decorations on while you are not home.

Christmas Lighting Safety Tips

At Altus Emergency Centers, we want you to stay safe and avoid getting this holiday season.

Should the unexpected happen, don’t worry; we will be here to help get you back to health. Our doctors and nurses will have you feeling better in no time so that you can enjoy the holidays at home with your family.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

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