Tips to Reopen Your Business Safely Texas!

Tips to Reopen Your Business Safely Texas

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, sparking a debate of when and how to re-open our economy.  The question on all of our minds is, “How to Reopen Your Business Safely?”

The timeline for reopening is subject to how the pandemic evolves.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order halting the state’s plans to ease lockdown restrictions.

The topic of how to safely reopen businesses is creating much anxiety amongst business owners who are left to navigate a new world of social distancing, face coverings, decreased in-store capacity, and stricter cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

To help businesses in our communities reopen safely, we’ve prepared a set of tips to formulate and execute a plan.

The following information will be of great value to business owners to safely resume operations while safeguarding the wellbeing of their staff and clients and regaining the trust and confidence of the public.

Tips to Re-open Your Business Safely

Prepare Your Establishment for the Transition

It’s crucial to stay informed, as local, state, and federal guidelines can change daily for specific industries as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

Business owners might need to physically rearrange their stores to comply with the strategies for community mitigation set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To help mitigate the spread of the virus, owners may have to do one or more of the following:

  • Install physical barriers in their stores or office space
  • Changing the layout to create more space between workstations
  • Close communal spaces
  • Stagger shifts and breaks to minimize any unnecessary interactions
Tips to Re-open Your Business Safely

Create an Employee Wellness and Education Plan

Public health officials encourage business owners to allow employees to work remotely when possible. For those companies that require employees to work on-site, preparing a wellness and education plan is imperative.

First, come up with a sanitation program, all employees must follow when at work. Your wellness program should include the following:

  • Providing personal protection equipment (PPE) or face coverings:  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires specific industries to use standardized PPE like N95 masks. However, for most businesses providing cloth face coverings will be enough.
  • Temperature checks before commencing work: We can safely expect temperature checks to be a requirement for re-opening businesses, and even if it is not, it’s a good idea to implement it. Designate one person, such as a manager or supervisor, as the recorder to keep better control of the data.
  • Daily wellness checks: Provide your employees with a short daily “symptom survey” to be completed before entering the workplace.

You should schedule a staff training session to cover all aspects of your wellness program and give employees to ask questions before you implement it. Make sure you educate your employees on the proper way to use personal protection equipment (PPE), proper handwashing techniques and require social distancing.

Tips to Re-open Your Business Safely

Safety Measures for Retail Stores

Non-essential retail stores and restaurants need to introduce additional health and safety protocols. These measures are not only a useful, practical public health strategy; they can also help instill confidence in your customers; knowing owners are doing everything they can to keep them safe.

Here are a few tips to minimize person-to-person contact at your place of business:

  • Promote the use of cashless payment methods. Cash touches lots of hands, which can increase the risk of infection. Promoting the use of virtual payment methods or contactless credit/debit cards can help protect your employees and customers.
  • Set up a “pick-up station” at the store entrance. Enable your customers to place an order online and alert them when it’s ready to pick up. This idea will help comply with store capacity guidelines.
  • Install barriers and Delimit Spaces. Delimit spaces to comply with social distancing guidelines. Many people don’t know how far they need to stand apart from others, by setting visual marks for people to stand in line at, you can help guarantee everyone practices safe social distancing.
Tips to Re-open Your Business Safely

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Increase Communication

Customers need to know and understand the new rules of engagement established by stores and offices.

Place signs at the entrance and throughout your workplace. Use a unified message across all channels and repeat it often through regular transaction touchpoints.

Your message should be simple and clear, letting people know what they need to do. If you require your clients to apply hand sanitizer when entering your establishment, then you need to have signs and hand sanitizer readily available. If the use of face coverings is mandatory, the poster needs to be outside the establishment or on the front door.

If possible, have a member of your staff at the door to greet and help people navigate safely through your store.

Provide updates when needed, be ready to accept feedback, and adapt your operations accordingly.

Altus Emergency Centers is here to support business owners in our community. As members of the communities we serve, we are committed to doing everything we can to help kickstart our economy and support local businesses.

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

Altus Emergency Centers Scholarship

Altus Emergency Centers Scholarship

Altus Emergency Centers is happy to announce our new $500 scholarship!

The program will benefit four eligible local applicants who wish to pursue a career in healthcare.

Scholarship Awards

Altus Emergency Centers will award a total of four scholarships this year. All scholarships are awarded as a one-time payment in the following manner:

  • One $500 scholarship awarded to an eligible relative of one of our staff members
  • Two high school seniors accepted to a 4-year university program in any field related to healthcare will each receive a $500 scholarship
  • One $500 award will go to a local nursing student

 

Requirements

  • All applicants must be residents of the greater Lake Jackson area
  • Eligible applicants need to be students pursuing a degree in healthcare
  • Graduate from public or private high school or home school
  • Accepted to a 4 year University or Accepted to Nursing school
  • GPA 3.6 or higher
  • Community Service/ Civic involvement
  • Over 25  ACT or SAT: Over 570 Reading/writing and Over 570 Math

 

Selection Process

The application deadline is July 13th, 2020. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Applicants must complete and submit the application form directly from our website.
  • 100 words for why you chose a career in healthcare and 150 words or less: Give a brief description of your involvement in school and community activities.
  • Winners will be selected on July 24th, 2020 by a review panel appointed by the management of Altus Lake Jackson ER
  • The official announcement of the winners, check award, and photo session will be on August 10th, 2020.

Consent for Marketing and Media Activities

Altus Emergency Centers Scholarship recipients must provide explicit authorization for their name and image to be shared in Altus Emergency Centers communications. Recipient names and pictures can appear on a variety of marketing channels, which include but are not limited to media interviews, blog posts, printed material, and social media content.

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Legal Disclaimer

Altus Emergency Centers reserves the right to withdraw or amend any listed scholarship without prior notification. Acceptance of the application will not guarantee that the applicant will receive an award.

Scholarships are awarded by the review panel appointed by Altus Emergency Centers management, and their decision is final, no appeals are allowed.

Scholarship recipients must meet the conditions set out in the Official Rules & Details on our website.

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

June is Men’s Health Month, a full month dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of keeping the men in our lives healthy. For this reason, we’ve decided to list the top Common Reasons Men Visit the ER and offer ways to improve the overall health of men in our communities.

These are the top reasons men visit our ER’s

Chest Pains

Every year we treat many patients who come to us complaining of chest pains. Although this type of pain is usually associated with cardiac arrest or heart attack, it can also indicate the presence of other health problems.

Chest pains are of particular concern for anyone who has other chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, or heart disease.

Chest pains that are also accompanied by pressure-like or “burning sensation, nausea, sweating, or shortness of breath needs immediate medical attention.

Abdominal Pain

Altus Emergency Centers is synonymous of excellence among providers of emergency medical care in all the communities they serve.

Their decision to become CIHQ accredited is proof of their continued promise of providing the best care to the residents of Waxahachie and Lake Jackson.

Having accreditation status helps ensure that patients receive excellent emergency care that far exceeds minimum standards for safe, quality healthcare. This way, patients can rest easy knowing they are in the best hands.

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

Sprains and Broken Bones

Both injuries can happen to anyone regardless of their age or physical condition. Sprains and broken bones are often the results of accidents or twisting of joints while playing sports or doing other physical activities.

Mild sprains don’t require medical attention. By just letting the joint rest for a few days, the injury will usually pass. However, if the injury causes severe pain or it makes moving the joint difficult, you need emergency medical attention.

Likewise, if you suspect you’ve fractured a bone, come to the ER to get evaluated.

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Upper Respiratory Infections

Most upper respiratory infections are the result of viral infections, although in some cases, bacteria can also cause infections.

Most of the visits at the ER are due to complications from the common cold and flu viruses, which, if left unattended, could lead to more severe conditions.

Cuts and Contusions

Cuts and contusions are common reasons to visit our ER’s. Most cuts are the result of accidents while handling knives, power tools, and other machinery.

Deep cuts that require stitches or those with severe bleeding need immediate medical attention.

Contusions or bruises are typically the results of trauma. Trauma to the head, neck, or back requires medical attention. Severe injury to other parts of the body should also be evaluated by a medical professional.

Back Pain

Back pain-related ER visits are more common than you might think. Accidents, sport-related injuries, lifting heavy items, and repetitive motion at work are the most common causes of back pain.

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

5 Ways To Improve Men’s Health

Most men already know that eating well, not smoking, drinking less alcohol, and staying physically active is essential for staying healthy.

Here we offer a few additional tips to help improve the health of the men in the communities we serve.

 

Protect Yourself

 

We know you love to stay active and do handy work around the house but protecting yourself while you do what you love needs to be a priority.

Make sure you use the right protective gear like helmets, safety goggles, and gloves when doing handy work. Also, don’t forget to apply sunscreen and insect repellant when outdoors.

 

Manage Stress

 

Take time every day or at least a couple of days a week to do something you enjoy; you deserve it!

Do your best to keep a positive attitude. This doesn’t mean masking your emotions for the sake of others; it’s about embracing the small blessings we each get every day and see how these simple things help make our lives better.

Get plenty of sleep; experts recommend you get between 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

 

Get Regular Check-Ups and Screenings

 

Regular check-ups and health screenings to address the unique healthcare needs of men can go a long way in protecting your health. Speak to your family doctor about your risk factors for certain diseases and formulate a plan to lower the risk or improve the management of your condition.

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

At Altus Emergency Centers, we know the best way to save a life is through prevention. We are committed to helping men in our communities improve their overall health so they can live longer fuller lives.

We want to remind you that all our centers remain open 24/7 to attend any emergency you face.

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Altus Emergency Centers 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!

Two Altus ER Centers Locations Are Now CIHQ Accredited

Two Altus Emergency Centers Locations Are Now CIHQ Accredited

    Altus Emergency Centers CIHQ Accredited.

Altus Emergency Centers announced that it had obtained the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) accreditation for two of its locations.

The Altus Emergency Centers in Waxahachie and Lake Jackson recently received accreditation by one of the leading nation-wide accreditation providers for free-standing emergency centers (FSEC).

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) fully endorses the prestigious CIHQ free-standing emergency centers (FSEC) accreditation program.

It bears mentioning that the ACEP is the leading professional body for emergency physicians and the organization responsible for setting the standards for emergency medical care in the United States.

Altus Emergency Centers CIHQ Accredited

The Process of Accreditation

Obtaining CIHQ accreditation is not an easy process. Any Emergency Center striving to achieve certification must first successfully implement and prove compliance with the strict standards set by the accrediting body.

A crucial step towards Altus receiving accreditation was passing the announced onsite review from CIHQ representatives, where the agents evaluated every aspect of the service provided at the two Emergency Center locations.

The team of CIHQ surveyors reviewed different areas, including management, leadership and administrative procedures, the environment of care, infection prevention and control protocols within the emergency center grounds, as well as emergency management.

Why Altus Emergency Centers Became Accredited

Altus Emergency Centers is synonymous of excellence among providers of emergency medical care in all the communities they serve.

Their decision to become CIHQ accredited is proof of their continued promise of providing the best care to the residents of Waxahachie and Lake Jackson.

Having accreditation status helps ensure that patients receive excellent emergency care that far exceeds minimum standards for safe, quality healthcare. This way, patients can rest easy knowing they are in the best hands.

Ongoing Improvements

Accreditation certificates are valid for 36 months; during this time, Altus Emergency Centers must be in continuous compliance with CIHQ standards, requirements, and policies.

Before the 36 months expire, both accredited Altus ER locations must undergo another full survey to maintain their accreditation status.

Additionally, during the 36 months that the accreditation is valid for, the Waxahachie and Lake Jackson locations must continuously comply with all safety standards and policies as stipulated by the CIHQ.

To ensure its compliance, the accrediting body will monitor and periodically survey both locations. The purpose of these ongoing surveys is to help identify deficiencies and, when possible correct them in real-time.

 

“Our staff worked very hard to implement improvements in all areas ahead of our onsite visit. The result of the survey shows what an excellent job they did. This level of commitment from our staff will undoubtedly reinforce the trust we’ve earned over the years from the communities we serve.” Commented Mr. Kevin Herrington President and CEO of Altus

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Immediate Benefits for the Community

Having a CIHQ accredited emergency center close to home offers many benefits to the residents of Waxahachie and Lake Jackson, namely the implementation of standardized safety and service procedures and protocols.

Therefore, patients can expect to receive quality medical services in a safe environment equipped with the latest technology anytime they need to visit the ER.

 

‘While having received accreditation is an important milestone for our organization. Our primary goal has always been to provide our patients with the highest quality emergency medical care. This achievement confirms how much we value the wellbeing of our patients and their families.” Kevin Herrington

Accredited Altus Emergency Centers Locations

 

Altus Waxahachie ER

Address

1791 N. Highway 77 (Dallas Highway)

Waxahachie, Texas 75165

Phone

(469) 732-3151

 

Altus Lake Jackson ER

Address

200 Oak Drive South

Lake Jackson, TX 77566

Phone

(832) 241-5680

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Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting we will have an above-normal hurricane season this year.

During an average hurricane season we will have 12 named storms, six of which become hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher. Out of those six, three turn into major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher.

This year, NOAA predicts we will likely have between 13 and 19 named storms. Up to 10 of these storms will become hurricanes, and between 3 to 6 could become major hurricanes.

With such an active hurricane season, the need to be prepared is highly important. Here is a helpful guide to help you get organized and prepared in case of a hurricane disaster.

Prepare Your Home Emergency Supply Kit

Should a hurricane make landfall in our area, roads will be flooded or blocked by debris, power lines, and water supply pipes may be damaged, leaving us no choice but to stay home.

Having an emergency supply kit is essential to survive at home during a disaster.

What to include in your Emergency Supply Kit?

Your supplies should last at least two weeks, and should include:

 

  • Easy to prepare nonperishable food
  • Drinking water, you should have one gallon per person per day
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Disinfectant
  • Soap and other personal hygiene products
  • Hand sanitizer
  • First Aid Kit
  • Copies of personal documents make sure to include a list of medications you are taking and any illnesses or allergies you have
  • Emergency contact numbers of family, friends, and local authorities
  • Emergency blankets
  • Extra cash

Evacuation Emergency Kit

Have an evacuation emergency kit ready in case you need to leave your home. Prepare your go-bag in advance; make sure to include food and water supply to last at least 3-day.

To help protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, make sure you include:

  • Reusable face coverings for everyone in your family, however, these are not recommended for children under age 2
  • Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and other personal hygiene items
  • A change of clothes
  • Emergency blankets
  • A 1-month supply of any prescription medication you take

Medications

If you take any medications, you should speak to your doctor to ensure you have a one-month prescription on hand in case of a disaster. Remember, many pharmacies could be closed, and medications may be hard to find.

Also, prepare to have over the counter medications at home, including cough syrup, pain killers, and fever-reducing drugs.

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Updating Your Disaster Plan

You may already have a disaster plan in place from previous years; however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some shelters may no longer be available.

Make sure to contact your local authorities to obtain an updated list of shelters in your area.

 

Stay Informed

 

  • Subscribe to weather apps to receive updated weather information.
  • Follow social media accounts of community leaders and agencies to receive emergency alerts
  • Learn the jargon used in emergencies, for example; a “watch” means you should get ready to act; a warning means you should spring into action immediately.

 

Stay or Go

 

If your local authorities recommend evacuation, don’t hesitate. Grab your emergency evacuation kit, gather your family, including your pets and leave.

Make sure you have a list of shelters available in your community or have plans to stay with family or friends outside the affected area.

Make sure you have a planned route for how to get to your safe place that includes alternate routes.

Set a place where you and your family can meet in case everyone is not home at the time of the evacuation.

 

Altus Emergency Centers will always be here for you and your family. We stayed open during hurricane Harvey, and we will remain open should another similar disaster impact our community.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

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

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Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

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

Flu-Virus

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?

Altus Emergency Doctors ER

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

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 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.

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.

Scroll Down to Highlights from Dunbar Primary Student Wellness Fair – Science Day!

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

Dangers of Extreme Weight Loss Routines

Dangers of Extreme Weight Loss Routines

ER Doctors Recommend:

Stay Away from Extreme Weight Loss Routines

The beginning of the year is great time to set goals for ourselves, and losing a few pounds, getting more exercise, and improving our fitness level is a wonderful way to start the year, not to mention these goals and easily achievable, but, in our eagerness to get in shape we might end up taking things a little too far.  Avoid any type of extreme weight loss routines.

When our focus lies only on the result, we are more likely to make bad choices, instead, we should be focused on planning the best route to achieve our goals, this way we will avoid making common diet and fitness mistakes that can end up harming our health.

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Eating Healthy vs. Dangerous Diets

The Dangers of Extreme Dieting

Anyone who is carrying a few extra pounds dreams of a quick, easy effortless solution to losing their muffin top or love handles, a pill that burns all the fat in a matter of days, a shake that will make us drop a couple of dress sizes in a week, unfortunately, those products are not only ineffective, they can be extremely dangerous, as are fad diets.

Extreme dieting is a very unhealthy way to diet, most fad diets center around cutting back on calories, they do this not taking into account the type or quality of the calories consumed, what they do is limit the amount of food a person ingests to a point where it can border on starvation. This is the reason most fad diets usually don’t last more than 2 weeks, in addition, the body’s response to starvation actually slows down the metabolism, making it harder to lose fat.  Extreme weight loss dieting is dangerous.

Extreme weight loss dieting can have serious health consequences including:

  • Fatigue

  • Gallbladder Disease

  • Muscle Atrophy

  • Malnutrition

  • Constipation

  • Acidosis

  • Rashes

  • And worst of all the regain of any weight loss achieved

Extreme dieting can also have negative effects on our psychological well-being, causing:

  • Irritability

  • Depression

  • Reduced Sex Drive

  • And an increased risk of developing eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia.

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Signs of Alert! Tell Tale Signs that you need to
Visit the ER Immediately

If you have been trying dangerous diets and experience any of the following signs, please seek immediate emergency medical assistence:

  • You can’t keep food down.  Constant vomiting for over 2 days.

  • Diarreah for more than 3 days, bloody diarreah,

  • Fever higher than 103 F (39.4)

  • Confusion and Lethargy

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Unbearable abdominal pains or cramps

  • Dizziness and Fainting

  • No urine in the last 12 hours

  • Heart Palpitations, Chest Pains

If you are in Texas, go to Altus Emergency Center for the best ER Care 24/7 with No Lines in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton and Waxahachie.

The Benefits of Healthy Dieting

In contrast, healthy dieting will produce an overall feeling of wellbeing helping you:

  • Feel more energetic

  • Become stronger

  • Strengthen your immune system

  • Improve the body’s natural ability to heal itself and repair cell damage

  • Sleep better

  • Ward off diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney, and liver disorders

  • Keep your bones strong

So, this year focus your efforts in eating right, choose fruits instead of sugary treats, drink more water and less carbonated drinks, eat more vegetables and lean meats instead of fried foods, small changes in our eating habits go a long way in improving our health.

Exercising Safely vs. Reckless Workouts

The Dangers of Extreme Weight Loss Exercising

Being motivated to get fit and adopt an exercise regime is great, we can all benefit from some physical activity, but extreme exercising is not something any of us should contemplate. We have been bombarded by reality TV shows where contestant’s workout 8-10 hours a day, this is not only unrealistic, it’s not healthy.

Exercising too much can have the following negative side effects:

  • Severe wear and tear of muscles and joints

  • Dehydration

  • Increased risk of injury

  • Electrolyte imbalance

  • Rhabdomyolysis, a rare condition that occurs when muscle fibers break down and enter the bloodstream, these fibers called myoglobin circulate through the body and cause severe damage to the kidneys, this condition can be fatal.

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DANGER! Tell Tale Signs that you need to
Visit the ER Immediately

Whether or not you have been practicing unsafe extreme weight loss type workouts, please visit your nearest emergency center, emergency room or urgent care if you or a loved one exhibit any of the following signs:

  • When an injury is accompanied by a pop or a crack and it doesn’t go back to normal.

  • Inability to walk or bear weight on a limb

  • A joint that locks up or feels unstable

  • A muscle pull, strain that is badly bruised

  • If you experience ANY type of symptoms after a head injury

  • You have bleeding that will not stop

  • Numbness, tingling or weakness

  • Any pain that is unbearable or gets worse with time

  • You feel a dull ache in your chest and you are unusually out of breath

  • You have the mother of all headaches.

Don’t wait in line!  Visit your nearest Altus Emergency Center.  We are Open 24/7, with No Lines to get the best ER care.

How Much Exercise is Safe?

The American College of Sports Medicine and American Heart Association recommend healthy adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week, this can be achieved with 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise 5 times a week or 20 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise 3 times a week.

Adults should also train each major muscle group 2-3 times a week, making sure to wait at least 48 hours between resistance training sessions.

If you don’t already exercise regularly, ease yourself into the habit, don’t try to do too much in the first day, if your goal is to walk for 30 minutes a day, start with 10-15 minutes and work yourself up to 30 minutes, there is no rush, go at your own pace, avoid extreme workout videos and if possible join a gym and have an expert design your workout plan.

Best ER Care in Texas Open 24/7, No Lines

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This year our goal at Altus Emergency Centers is for the members of the communities we serve to improve their health, eating better and exercising more in a safe and responsible way.

We are here for you to help you prevent but we are also Open 24/7/365 if you need us.  It’s good to know that you have where to go in the event of an emergency.  At Altus Emergency Centers, you are in good hands.  Plan today to be safe tomorrow.

Surviving the Flu Epidemic – Complications & Signs of Alert

Surviving the Flu Epidemic - Complications & Signs of Alert

How to Fight the Flu Epidemic!

The flu epidemic this year is hitting the United States harder than predicted, as some circulating strands of the influenza virus were not included in the annual recommendations report, this means these strands were not contemplated when creating the flu vaccines for this year.

The state of Texas is one of several experiencing a higher than normal rate of influenza virus contagions, for this reason, Altus Emergency Centers is sounding the alarm for residents of Texas to take extra precautions to avoid being infected and to reduce the risk of complications which could lead to death.  View the most recent Study of Influenza Cases in Texas released by the Texas Human and Health Services.

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Avoiding Infections During a Flu Epidemic

The vaccines that are made available to the public each year may not prevent a person from being infected with the influenza virus, but it can help diminish the effects of the illness and aid in a speedier healing process.

Because of this, it is recommended that individuals constantly wash their hands, especially before eating, we recommend you carry a small container of alcohol-based hand sanitizer to use when washing your hands with soap and water is not possible.

Clean your workspace with antibacterial towels, make sure the label says it has been tested to kill the flu virus.

Eating right and getting plenty of rest is a good way to keep your immune system healthy, consider taking a vitamin C supplement this time of year, to help keep your defenses up.

Get to Know the Dangers of a Flu Epidemic

When Things Take Turn for The Worse

As awful as the flu symptoms can be, most of us are able to fight the infection on our own and make a full recovery within a few days or weeks, some individuals, however, are at a higher risk of developing complications from the flu, some of these complications are extremely severe can lead to death if not treated properly.

Patients with increased risk factors include:

  • Individuals over the age of 65

  • Young children under the age of 5, especially infants and toddlers

  • Pregnant women and women two weeks postpartum

Patients suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma, cystic fibrosis, COPD, heart disease, kidney, or liver disorders, obesity, and anyone with a weakened immune system.

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Complications from the Flu

The flu virus is extremely aggressive and reproduces very fast, this results in a strong response from the immune system, in most healthy adults this response is enough to combat the virus, this, however, can tax the immune system and lead to secondary infections.

Secondary infections range from mild-moderate to more severe which if left untreated can result in the death of the patient.

Mild to Moderate Complications of the Flu

  • Ear Infections

  • Sinus Infections

  • Dehydration

Severe Complications from the Flu

These can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated on time.

  • Pneumonia: A lung infection most commonly caused by bacteria, but it can also be caused by viruses or fungi.

  • Myocarditis: Inflammation of the heart

  • Encephalitis: Inflammation of the brain

  • Myositis or Rhabdomyolysis: Inflammation of the muscle tissue

  • Overwhelming Immune Response: In some patients, the immune system response can be so severe it can damage too much tissue in the lungs, making it difficult to deliver oxygen to the blood, resulting in hypoxia and death.

Warning Signs You Should Not Ignore

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Anyone is susceptible to flu and its complications if you suspect you may have been infected with the flu virus visit your neighborhood Altus Emergency Centers where we can apply one of our rapid flu tests, the results are available within minutes and receiving early treatment can prevent deadly complications.

If you or a loved one show any of the following symptoms head to the nearest emergency center for diagnoses and treatment:

  • Trouble breathing

  • High fevers, sweats, or chills

  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

  • Sudden dizziness

  • Elevated blood pressure

  • Symptoms that show no improvement within 3-4 days

  • Symptoms that seem to improve but later worsen

  • If your child’s skin turns a grayish or bluish color

  • Intense or persistent vomiting

  • Trouble swallowing

  • If your child seems lethargic or has trouble responding to stimuli

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Ready to Fight the Flu Epidemic 24/7

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In Texas, Altus Emergency Centers are ready to help you fight the flu, our centers are open 24/7/365, we guarantee no lines and our facilities are equipped to diagnose and treat any complication from the flu before it escalates to life-threatening symptoms. We urge the population to be aware of the symptoms of possible flu complications and to immediately head to one of our facilities if you suspect you may have fallen victim to one of them.

Together, we can help end this flu epidemic and begin 2018 off right.

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