First Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Texas for 2019

Preventing Common Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Including the West Nile Virus

In a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas is in the top 20% of states when it comes to the number of people being infected by insect-borne diseases including those transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.  

The Texas Department of State Health Services recently confirmed the first human case of the West Nile Virus for 2019.

In a recent press release, the Texas DSHS confirmed the first case of West Nile disease reported by the El Paso Department of Public Health, “occurred in July in an adult resident of El Paso County. Additional cases reported by El Paso are likely to add to the total once they are reviewed by the state.” Source DSHS.

According to the Texas DSHS,

“There were 146 cases of West Nile disease, including 11 deaths, in Texas last year. Over the last five years, Texas has had 1,305 cases and 57 deaths. Mosquitoes remain active in much of Texas into November and December.

In this article, we will focus on mosquitoes as they affect the health of people and animals more than any other insect pest, and they are prevalent in urban areas meaning they can affect anyone of us. 

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Common Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Texas 

Mosquito populations exist throughout the state, and unfortunately, our area is no exception. Thankfully, not all species of mosquitoes are disease vectors or carriers; however, carrier species of illnesses like West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, Chikungunya Virus, and Zika Virus are known to live in Texas. 

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West Nile Virus

“DSHS urges people with West Nile symptoms to contact their health care provider and mention any exposure to mosquitoes.”

The carrier of West Nile Virus (WNV) in urban Texas areas is the southern house mosquito (Culex quinquefasciatus). Two forms of the virus can affect humans: 

West Nile Fever (WNF): Symptoms include: fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, back pain, muscle aches, decreased appetite, fever, and about 20-50% of patients develop a rash on their arms, chest, and back. 

West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease (WNND): Early symptoms are like those of WNF but don’t include the rash. This type of virus is much more severe because it affects the nervous system and patients can develop encephalitis, meningitis, weakness, or muscle paralysis (commonly on one side of the body), inflammation of the lining of the retina, or a combination of these.

This form of the virus requires medical attention as it can be fatal if not treated properly. 

Additional information on West Nile surveillance and a link to current human case counts are available at TxWestNile.org.

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Dengue

Dengue, also known as break-bone fever can be a severe but rarely fatal disease, the more serious manifestations of it are known as dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome. It is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, and symptoms include:  

  • Sudden onset of high fever 
  • A severe headache 
  • Severe back pain 
  • Severe joint pains 
  • A rash that appears on the third or fourth day of the illness 
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Chikungunya Virus

This virus is transmitted by two types of mosquitoes the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Symptoms include: 

  • Severe fever 
  • Incapacitating arthritic joint pain 

Symptoms typically disappear in 7-10 days, but the pain can linger for years after the infection has cleared. 

Chikungunya Symptoms

Zika Virus

The Zika virus is transmitted to humans mostly by the bite of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes; however, infected humans can spread the disease through sexual intercourse, blood transfusions, mother to unborn child, and during birth. 

Not all patients will develop symptoms, those who do are usually mild and include: 

  • Fever 
  • Skin rash 
  • Red eyes or conjunctivitis 
  • Joint pain 

The real danger of contracting the Zika virus is for pregnant women, as it has been linked to cases of microcephaly when contracted during the first trimester of pregnancy. Microcephaly is a medical condition in newborns, that results in an unusually small head because the brain stopped growing or did not develop properly. 

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Stop Mosquitoes in Their Tracks  

The best way to avoid becoming infected by a mosquito-borne disease is to stay clear away from mosquitoes, now, this might be easier said than done as those pesky little flying creatures seem to be everywhere this time of year, but, there are some ways to stop mosquitoes in their tracks. 

  • Wear EPA-approved insect repellent 
  • Wear lightweight and loose fitting long sleeve shirts and pants when you are outdoors 
  • Avoid black or dark clothing, strangely enough, it seems mosquitoes love black 
  • Mount screens on all your doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home 
  • Use mosquito nets over cribs to protect babies especially those younger than two months 
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  • Remove any standing water in and around your house 
  • Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect 
  • Avoid foods like avocados, bananas, and dry foods during your cookouts, mosquitoes are attracted to foods that are high in salt and potassium. If you must have guacamole at your backyard party, keep it covered as much as possible. 
  • Turn on the fan, mosquitoes have a low fly range, windy conditions make it difficult for them to navigate so they will shy away from any windy areas. 

Mosquitoes are an annoying reality for us Texans, one we can’t always avoid. If you happen to be one of the unlucky residents who develops a mosquito-borne disease this summer, remember Altus Emergency Centers are amongst the most qualified facilities to treat your symptoms and help you get back to your summer plans. 

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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 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.

Risk of Long ER Wait Times

Risk of Long ER Wait Times

Nobody likes to wait but waiting when you are sick or in pain is worse, and frankly, for us, it’s unacceptable.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we know firsthand how pain and fear can affect patients and their families. That is why we always strive to find better ways to improve our response times.

These are some of our most recent improvements:

Online Check-In

You can complete the simple form while you are on your way to our nearest center.

The online check-in offers many benefits:

  • It alerts our staff you are coming so we will be waiting for you at the door
  • It helps cut our response time significantly which is vital for critical patients
  • Our administrative staff and Patient Advocate can start the insurance paperwork ahead of time so you can go home faster

In-House Doctors

We are very excited about this recent change. Altus Emergency Centers has broken with tradition and decided to do things better by hiring doctors directly.

Having in-house physicians working around the clock has not only improved how fast we can treat patients, it has also it has allowed us to improve our quality of care.

How Risky Are ER Wait Times?

The overcrowding crisis of hospital-based ER’s is an undeniable threat to public health.

There have been many studies regarding the effects of long wait times in the ER to patient outcomes.

One study found that patients who visited the ER and encountered long wait times were more likely to die or require hospitalization after they left the ER.

Additionally, research from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality linked ER overcrowding with more frequent medication errors. Meaning patients either got the wrong medication or the wrong dose. The study also found that when hospital ER’s are overcrowded, more patients did not receive their medicine when needed.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

What Causes Hospital-Based ER Overcrowding?

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Understanding what causes a problem is usually the first step in finding a solution to it. In the case of ER overcrowding, the answer is not always clear.

Many reasons can cause a hospital ER to become overcrowded:

  • A big accident brought in too many patients at once
  • The ER is understaffed

There are patients in the ER that need hospitalization, but the hospital doesn’t have room for them. When this happens, patients must stay in the ER until the hospital can take them in; this means there are fewer beds available in the ER.

How Long Will You Have to Wait in the ER?

Waiting in the ER can be distressing, not only for patients who under the best circumstances are in a lot of pain and at worst are fighting for their lives. It is also stressful for family members.

ER doctors and nurses also feel the pressure to see more patients, and this can result in lower quality of care.

According to the latest data from Pro Publica, the average wait time for a patient to see a doctor in a hospital-based ER is 18 minutes. On average, it takes 132 minutes from the time the patient first enters the ER to the time they get to go home.

By comparison, patients who visit an Altus Emergency Center can expect to be on their way home within 90 minutes. How do we achieve this?

  • It takes only 6 minutes for one of our registered nurses to evaluate a patient
  • Non-critical patients will get to see a doctor within 15 minutes after arrival. Critical patients receive immediate medical attention.

Thanks to our onsite laboratory and diagnostic imaging, on average, our doctors can have a final diagnosis within 79 minutes.

Percentage of Patients Who Leave the ER Without Being Seen by a Doctor

(Lower Percentages are Better)

Altus ER

0%

Texas Average

2%

National Average

2%

Percentage of patients who came to the emergency department with stroke symptoms who received brain scan results within 45 minutes of arrival

(Higher percentages are better)

Altus ER

100%

Texas Average

72%

National Average

73%

Average (median) time patients spent in the emergency department before they were seen by a healthcare professional

(A lower number of minutes is better)

Altus ER

0 minutes

Texas Average

25 minutes

National Average

18 minutes

Texas and National Averages were Obtained from the Medicare site.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are proud of the high standard of care we offer our patients. We can outperform hospital-based ER because of the dedicated, passionate people that work with us and thanks to our outstanding technology and facilities.

Every one of our emergency centers is equipped to treat any medical emergency. For those patients who require hospitalization, we process the transfer or referral, and for critically injured patients, we can arrange transport via air ambulance.

When in need, choose to receive the best treatment with no wait times, select to be treated at Altus Emergency Centers!

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

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

How Does the Online Check-In Work?

Watch Reagan explain how to use our Quick & Easy Online Check-In System.  It comes in handy to know there’s a great solution as we know there’s no time to wait in an emergency!  Here, he is explaining how it works for Lumberton but you can find it right on our home page, Altus Emergency or just scroll below!

Check-In Online

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

Children’s Eye and Health Safety

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

It’s important to keep an eye on your kids, but it’s equally important to keep an eye on your kid’s eyes.  Make sure to pay special attention to your children’s eye and health safety.  It’s back to school season, which means as a parent, you are probably busy shopping for school supplies and clothes. But there is one more thing you must add to your back to school checklist, and that is scheduling an eye exam for your kids.

Eye exams at the beginning of the school year are essential because vision health and learning go hand in hand.

Children, especially young ones, don’t know what normal vision is like, so they may not complain if they have any eyesight problems. And if your child can’t see very well, it may affect their studies.

You should get a comprehensive eyesight test for your kids at least once a year because children’s eyes change as they grow. Children’s eye and health safety go way past the eye exams.

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Tips

Common Eyesight Problems in Children

An eye examination can help diagnose the most common eyesight problems, including:

  • Near-Sightedness: Also known as short-sightedness or myopia. This eye disorder occurs when light focuses in front of, instead of on, the retina. As a result, distant objects to be blurry while close objects appear normal.
  • Far-Sightedness: Also known as hyperopia. As you may have guessed, this is the opposite of near-sightedness. In far-sightedness, the light focuses behind instead of on the retina. As a result, close objects appear blurry, while far objects may appear normal.
  • Astigmatism: This disorder happens because the eye does not focus light evenly on the retina. As a result, vision is always blurry no matter the distance.

Prescription lenses can correct any of these conditions. However, eye exams can also help diagnose other disorders, such as:

  • Amblyopia: Commonly referred to as lazy eye
  • Strabismus: Crossed eyes
  • Ptosis: Drooping of the eyelid
  • Color deficiency: Colorblindness

Preventing Eye Injuries in Children

Protecting your children’s eyesight means more than keeping them healthy; it also means preventing eye injuries.

Prevent Blindness provides the following statistics:

  • Every year there are more than 125,000 eye injuries caused by household products
  • Emergency rooms treat a sports-related eye injury every 13 minutes
  • 43% of all sports-related eye injuries victims are children 14 and younger

The good news is 90% of these eye injuries are preventable; all we need is to understand the dangers, implement safety practices, and use appropriate eye protection.

Eye Safety at Home

Protect your child from eye injury at home, by:

  • Making sure your furniture and fixtures don’t have sharp edges
  • Not using hazardous solvents and detergents around your kids. And remember never to mix cleaning agents
  • Don’t let your kids out in the yard when you are using a lawnmower or weed trimmer as debris can fly and hit them
  • Use guards on all your power tools and equipment

Outdoor and Play Eye Safety

These tips can help you keep your child’s eyes safe while they are outside or playing:

    • Teach your children to never look directly at the sun
    • Make sure your child wears safety goggles or glasses made from polycarbonate while playing sports. Polycarbonate lenses are 20 times stronger than ordinary eyeglasses and can withstand a ball traveling 90mph
    • Toys that shoot pellets, arrows, or paintballs are not safe for young children. If your kids are older and want to play with these types of toys, make sure they wear safety goggles.
    • Inspect your child’s playgrounds and play areas for potential eye hazards
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Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

When to Bring Your Kid to the ER

Not all eye injuries will require a trip to our ER. However, knowing when to come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center can save your child’s eye.

  • Acute Hyphema: This is a severe injury that requires immediate medical attention. Blunt trauma is the cause of acute hyphema. The blow causes blood to accumulate in the space between the cornea and the iris.
  • Punctured Eyeball: Another serious eye injury that will require immediate medical attention. A punctured eyeball happens when a sharp object has completely torn the cornea or sclera. This type of injury can result from flying debris from a lawnmower

As parents, it’s our responsibility to do everything we can to ensure our kids’ eyes are healthy. But there will be times when you won’t be able to prevent an accident, that is where Altus Emergency Centers can make a difference.

Our pediatric emergency physicians are on call 24/7 to take care of your little ones in times of need.

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!

Dr. Terry Mitchell Waxahachie Medical Director

Introducing Dr. Terry Mitchell, Our Waxahachie Medical Director

We are excited and proud to announce that Dr. Terry Mitchell will be our new on-site Medical Director for the Altus Emergency Center in Waxahachie.  Another excellent addition to our Altus Physicians Group.

We were delighted to sit down with Dr. Mitchell to get to know him a little bit; here is an excerpt of our conversation.

Getting to Know Dr. Terry Mitchell

Q: Where were you born?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

I’m a Texas boy through and through. I was born in McKinney, Texas.

 

Q: What did you dream of becoming when you grew up?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

The first thing I remember wanting to be when I grew up was “on vacation.” Our family vacations were so much fun!

 

Q: Did you have a nickname growing up?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

Before college, people just called me “Mitch.” Then during my freshman year in college, while I was playing in my first of 5 intramural single tennis tournament finals, I got a new nickname.

My opponent got a little frustrated during the match and said I was like an octopus as he couldn’t seem to get a ball past me. I ended up losing that match, but the nickname stuck. Oh, and I’m proud to say I went on to win four singles, three doubles, and two mixed doubles intramural tournament finals after that one loss.

 

Q: We know you are a hard worker, but there must be times when you get to relax. Do you have any hobbies or special interests outside of work?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

When I am not working, there is a good chance that you will find me on a tennis court. My main interests include tennis, tennis, tennis, Bible study, and travel.

 

Q: What’s a fun fact about you many people may not know?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

A fun fact about me that not many people know is that I graduated from college as a schoolteacher and coach.

My first-year teaching, I taught science and coached tennis, winning district in all four events in a class A school.

 

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Q: When and how did you decide to become a doctor?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

During that school year, I was very active in a local church teaching both the high school and Men’s Sunday School.

One Sunday morning, the pastor gave a message on the parable of the Talents. He stated that he believed he was being led to help someone change careers.

He explained that the parable was about money but could also apply to your God-given talent. He asked the question: Are you using your talent in this community to the very best you can do?” My wife elbowed me in the ribs and said: “Well, Terry, are you?”

After this, I met with that pastor several times and decided to go to medical school.

 

Q: How hard was it to go back to school to pursue a different career?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

It wasn’t easy. I worked nights and weekends at a convenience store and took the courses needed to apply. I then took the MCAT and applied and looked for a teaching job near my hometown of McKinney while waiting to see if I would be accepted.

I got a call from a class A school where I had not applied, wanting to hire me as their head football coach over the phone.

 

Q: Did you get accepted into medical school right away?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

I only got one interview for medical school. I learned that it was a look at the lessor applicants to be sure they did not overlook a quality candidate.

My first interview was postponed to the end of the day as the interviewer had a surgical case that was taking longer than expected. So, I went to my second interview first. This interviewer grilled me on several questions that made me feel uncomfortable.

One of these was on how I would handle a patient who presented wanting an abortion. I stumbled over my words and felt sure that I had not left a good impression. I spent hours praying on how I could have answered his questions better.

The first interviewer, now the second, had only 1 question: “How would you handle a teen patient wanting an abortion without her parents knowing?” He said my answers were the best he has ever heard with years of asking that question. He was the head of the selection committee and informed me that I would be in the next entering class.

 

Q: Do you have a good quote to describe you or one that you relate to?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

A quote that I have used to describe myself since about 8th grade is:

“I have a lot of ability; it is called desire and hard work.”

 

Q: Fill in the blank: “I really love ____________.”

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

God, my wife Kris, my kids and grandkids, tennis, bible truths, traveling, and the rest of my family and friends.

 

Q: We can see you are a real family man; can you tell us a little about them? Also, do you have any pets?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

My wife is Kris, and we have five kids Delilah, Scotty, Janette, Joshua, and Jacey.

Delilah is married with three kids, Scotty is married with two kids, and Josh is married with one child. Jacey got married this past May and plans to have kids in about five years. Janette is engaged, but there is no date yet. We have three pets:

Zeke is our African Grey Parrot that is 18 and will outlive us both.

Lizzy is a Maltese who is now 15.

Zeus is a Great Dane we have had for about five years.

I think we have pried enough into your personal life, let’s move on to your professional life.

 

Q: Tell a little about your studies, specialties and professional experience

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

I left a Family Medicine Residency in the second year with marriage on the rocks and an ill physician father who died a little over a year later.

I assumed my father’s general practice in McKinney, which consisted of over 400 nursing home patients in 9 nursing homes. I became the Medical Director of 4 nursing homes, a 6,000-patient base, rounding daily on 30-40+ patients in the hospital, participating in general surgery, and delivering babies.

I briefly hosted a noon Friday Christian radio talk show called Temple Talk. I would either have another Christian physician on with me or would field questions. For a time, my radio show was the #1 Friday noon talk show in Dallas.

After eight years of Family Medicine, I earned with CME and experienced the title Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice (FAAFP).

 

Q: How did you decide to get back into emergency medicine?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

At a TMA meeting, I came across a booth recruiting for an Emergency Medicine Physician in Sulphur Springs.

I struggled for about three months, deciding to close my Family Practice and change to Emergency Medicine.

 

Q: What has been your professional experience in the field of emergency medicine?

A: Dr. Mitchell

I was 13 years in Sulphur Springs, 11 as Medical Director of Emergency Services and a two-county EMS system.

The last eight years, the local EM Physicians owned the contract with the hospital.

Then another administrator put out bids to see if the hospital could have a lower subsidy payment to the physician group. That is when I left and became Medical Director for several hospitals from 1-4 years each. I served at Center, Nacogdoches, Paris, and Bonham, Texas.

I became an Emergency Physician too late to be allowed to sit for the boards. However, considering my leadership and Emergency Medicine experience and serving in and being president of a nine-county Regional Trauma Committee. The American College of Emergency Physicians opened the door for only one year for a Legacy pathway to Fellowship. I applied and received the title of Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP).

 

Q: What or who has been your most significant influence or your mentor?

A: Dr. Mitchell

My physician father, Dr. Glenn Mitchell, was the most substantial influence on my practice of medicine. After him, I would have to say it was the leader of the residency program, Dr. Harold Prussner and Dr. Presley Joe Mock with whom I precepted twice.

He told me that MD stands for

“Make a decision” and said, “don’t just stand there; do something.”

Dr. Terry Mitchell Outside Altus ER Waxahachie Building

Q: What would you say is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?

A: Dr. Mitchell

My most significant achievement to date is becoming and growing as a Christian. Nothing compares. Another is bringing home just under 200 tennis trophies. I still find it hard to fathom, making it through medical school. It was really hard.

 

Q: What is your mantra as a physician?

A: Dr. Mitchell

My mantra as an Emergency Physician is:

  1. To see people as Jesus sees them. Matthew 9:36 But when He (Jesus) saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. I want to see the people and have compassion for them.

  2. To be like Andrew, Peter’s brother, and find an inadequate solution for a problem and then have Jesus expand it to meet people’s needs. John 6:5-13 A multitude had followed Jesus, and the crowd needed feeding. Andrew found a boy with 5 biscuits and 2 fish, “but what are these among so many?” They gave these to Jesus who blessed the food and distributed enough to feed about 5,000 men plus women and children, and the 12 disciples each had a basket full left over. I look to Jesus to multiply the good that I do with the little I have to give, to increase my wisdom to order the needed tests and/or treatments.

  3. I want to touch the untouchable. Matthew 8:2-3. And behold, a leper (outcast due to a very contagious skin disease) came and worshiped Him, saying “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. One day I read this, and my wife looked at me and said; “It is a very good work that you do.” I touch those considered untouchable.

 

Q: Let’s talk about how you came to be a part of the Altus Emergency Centers family.  How did you first hear about Altus Emergency?

A: Dr. Mitchell

I came to Altus when the Administrator at Bonham brought in a new management group, that was going to lower our pay.

I looked to see where I would go next in an Emergency Medicine newspaper add and was practicing in Altus Lumberton the month it opened. Three other Bonham physicians followed me, and 3 of the 4 of us are still together in Altus Waxahachie.

I was with Altus Lufkin and am still on staff with CHI St. Luke’s who took over the freestanding facility. I have had shifts in all the Altus Emergency Centers.

I was the first physician to work in the Waxahachie facility. I left to try my hand in occupational medicine, but now am back and will be serving as the Altus Waxahachie Medical Director.

 

Q: What is your management style? How do you like to communicate with your team?

A: Dr. Mitchell

My management style will change based on the person and the need. I like to communicate in person, by phone, and by text or e-mail.

When dealing with physician behavior, I often ask questions until I get them to say what I want to tell them. I have found this an excellent way to change physician behavior.

If I need to give negative feedback, I often use the sandwich technique with the bread being good stuff about them and the meat of the issue is the bad stuff. They then get good-bad-good. And I do not offer criticism without a solution.

 

Q: What is your bedside manner like?

A: Dr. Mitchell

I had thought about buying a home and naming it “Bedside Manor.” I worked hard to make my bedside manner better.

I have also written instructions to help other physicians from what I have learned. I show the caring and compassion that I really have and do quality education.

I spend a lot of time explaining the “why” when I see patients who are not going to get their expectations met due to best medical practices. I essentially reframe their expectations, and usually have them leave the ER saying, “thank you, doctor.”

I often sit to get my head as low or lower than theirs. I try and never talk with my hand on the doorknob. I want them all to feel I spent adequate time with them for their concerns.

 

Q: What is a typical day at Altus like?

A: Dr. Mitchell

A typical day at an Altus Freestanding Emergency Center is one of adequate time with the patient. Often being able to go in with the nurse during triage and nursing assessment and getting an earlier start with any orders needed; and an earlier discharge from the ER.

There is usually adequate stand-by time to rest, enabling 24-hour shifts. During the day, I use the stand-by time to call patients seen the day before, as we all do. I check to see how they are doing if they are having any problems with getting medications or follow up appointments. I answer any questions they have from the visit, and rarely call in additional medicine they may need.

 

Q: How would you describe the company culture here?

A: Dr. Mitchell

I have experienced the company culture to be like one of family. Everyone seems to work well together, delivering quality and speedy medical care. I still work at hospital facilities occasionally, and the lack of a sense of urgency and speed of care stands out when compared to Altus.

 

Q: What do you love most about working with Altus Emergency?

A: Dr. Mitchell

What I love most about working with Altus is both the family atmosphere and the quality and quantity time I have to spend with patients.

This is way different than hospital Emergency Medicine. There is time to build stronger relationships with both patients and the ER staff.

 

Q: What advice would you give to recent new staff?

A: Dr. Mitchell

Advice for new staff is to reset thinking to one of concierge Emergency Medicine. Door to Doc time is the #1 indicator of patient satisfaction, so get in the room as early as possible. Do this if even to tell them you know they are there and that you are involved in a complicated case and you will be with them as soon as you can.

Also, listen to the nurses. You never have to follow their suggestions, but if you do not consider them, you are making a mistake. They observe all of us in similar situations and may have seen something that works better. Always listen to them and treat them with respect. If you decide against their advice, informing them of why goes a long way to keep the family feeling. And there is time to do this at Altus.

 

Q: Do you have any cherished Quotes from management or coworkers about your excellent work?

A: Dr. Mitchell

I have a stack of notes given to me from hospital staff and patients at home about how my work is appreciated.

One nurse wrote,

“I feel like when you are here that there is nothing that can come in that you cannot handle.”

I have had comments about how calming I can be in a critical situation. One physician calling back patients seen the previous day told me, “your patients love you”.

 

We can’t thank you enough, Dr. Mitchell, for your generosity in sharing so much of your personal and professional life with us.

We are incredibly excited to see you continue doing such extraordinary work for the community of Waxahachie, and our Altus Emergency family.

You deserve the best care in an emergency.  When seconds can make a difference between life and death, it’s good to know that you can count on top notch ER physicians such as Dr. Mitchell at Altus ER Centers.

Altus ER Waxahachie Texas

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!

Common Contact Sports-Related Head Injuries

Contact Sports-Related Head Injuries

We often hear about tragic stories of professional athletes suffering traumatic contact sports-related head injuries.

Unfortunately, sports-related head injuries are not exclusive to elite pro athletes; they can happen to anyone, including kids who play contact sports at school.

A paper from the Journal of Neurosurgery, states there are approximately 500,000 emergency room visits and 60,000 hospitalization every year due to traumatic brain injuries in children ages 0-17.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Any injury that occurs on your skull, scalp, or brain is considered a head injury.

Head injuries could be something as innocent as a bump or bruise on your head to something as life-threatening as a skull fracture.

The more severe types of head injuries are known as traumatic brain injuries (TBI). A traumatic brain injury happens when we receive a blow or jolt to the head or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.

Traumatic brain injuries are so severe they that disrupts the normal function of the brain and can cause life-long physical or mental disabilities or even death.

sports-related head injuries CT Scan

Concussions in Young Athletes

One of the most common contact sports-related head injuries are concussions.  Whether your child plays football, soccer, baseball, or hockey, getting a concussion is a serious risk to young athletes.

Parents and coaches of children who play sports, especially contact sports need to educate young athletes on how to recognize the symptoms of a concussion.

If your kids get injured and they don’t know what to look for they could keep on playing, which will put them at risk of a more significant injury.

Symptoms young athletes should look out for:

 

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Does not “feel right” or is “feeling down”

Coaches and trainers should be on the lookout for the following symptoms:

  • The child appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events before the hit or fall
  • Can’t recall events after hit or fall

Parents should also be on the lookout for possible concussion symptoms as these could show hours after the incident. If your teen shows any of the symptoms above, they likely have a concussion, and you should seek immediate medical attention.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

When to Go to The ER for a Head Injury

Not all head injuries require a trip to our ER. However, you should bring your child for evaluation in the following cases:

  • The injury won’t stop bleeding
  • Your child lost consciousness or is confused/disoriented
  • Is vomiting or feels nauseated
  • Have trouble balancing or walking
  • Has difficulty remembering stuff
  • Has a seizure

You should monitor your kids for a few days after they sustained the injury to make sure they don’t develop symptoms.

 

If you notice any of the following, you need to bring them to the ER immediately:

  • They have a headache that won’t go away
  • Show unusual behavior, experience mood swings or have trouble concentrating
  • Have trouble reading, writing or slur their speech
  • Feel numbness, dizziness or weakness in any body part
  • Have difficulty falling asleep or waking up
  • Have difficulty moving their eyes or notice changes in their eyesight

It’s Better to Be Safe

If you are not sure if your child has a traumatic brain injury, the best thing to do is to bring them to the nearest Altus Emergency Center. It’s better to be safe and have our doctors examine them.

Remember, Altus Emergency Centers are open 24/7 every day of the year; we will always be here for you and your family in times of need.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are always open to treat any emergency. Remember if you use our online check-in form, we will be waiting for you at the door.

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!

Summer Vacation Safety Tips

Summer Vacation Safety Tips

Summer vacation is a time for relaxation and outdoor fun, but it’s also a time to be extra cautious.  Unfortunately, summer vacation safety is usually the last thing on anyone’s mind.

It doesn’t matter if you are going away on vacation, or planning the ultimate staycation this summer, safety should always come first!

Here are some of our best summer vacation safety tips for staying healthy during a busy summer.

Stay Safe on the Road

If your plans involve driving this summer, here are a few helpful tips to keep you safe and make sure you get to your destination as scheduled.

  • Get your car serviced before you head out. Regular maintenance such as tune-ups, oil changes, battery checks, and tire rotation go a long way toward preventing breakdowns
  • Check your tire pressure, wear and make sure your spear tire is in good condition
  • Make sure all the lights in your vehicle are working, including your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, and internal lights as well. If you are towing a trailer, make sure the lights on it are also functioning
  • Check your radiator, make sure it doesn’t have any leaks, and it has the fluids and coolant needed for your engine to work properly
  • Inspect your wiper blades for signs of wear and tear, replace them if they do.
  • Check you’re A/C! A faulty air conditioning on a hot summer day can affect people especially children and older adults as well as pets
  • All passengers must wear their seat belts while the car is in motion
  • Always respect road signals and remember to share the road
  • Never drink alcohol while driving

Beware of the Sun

Everyone wants to have that kissed by the sun look during summer. But regardless of how nice a suntan might seem; the truth is when your skin tans it’s a sign of sun damage.

Exposing yourself to too much sun can cause wrinkles, and worst of all, it raises your risk of developing skin cancer.

To protect yourself, remember to:

  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher and reapply at least every two hours
  • Wear sunglasses and look for sunglasses with a UVA/UVB rating of 100% to get the most UV protection.
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Stay out of the sun during the peak hours of 10 am and 4 pm

Keep Hydrated

We know we have talked about the importance of staying hydrated before. However, since it can be challenging to stay hydrated while we are on vacation, we feel it bears mention again.

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages as these can cause dehydration
  • Eat plenty of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Exercise with Caution

We always recommend you stay active year-round. However, during the hot summer months, you should exercise early in the morning when the temperatures are lower, and the sun rays are less intense.

To avoid the painful muscle spasms known as heat cramps, try drinking an electrolyte beverage. Sports drinks will replace the salt and other minerals lost during perspiration.

Beware of Critters

Bugs can be annoying, but their bites can be painful and, in some cases, serious health risks. Mosquitos and ticks can transmit diseases, so it is best to repel them as much as possible by using insect repellent.

The EPA recommends the following safety points:

  • Read the instructions before you apply repellent to ensure you know how much to use
  • Only apply repellents to exposed skin or clothing, not under clothing
  • Don’t use on cuts, wounds or irritated skin
  • Do not let children handle repellents, and don’t apply to their hands
  • Apply to hands and then apply on the face. Don’t apply or spray directly onto your face
  • You should avoid breathing sprays so don’t spray repellent in enclosed areas, or around food

Check Your Medications Before You Go

If you take prescription drugs for any condition, make sure you pack enough of them to last the whole trip.

Take into consideration the storing conditions your medication needs. For example, some medications need to be refrigerated; others might be more sensitive to sunlight.

Vacation time is full of activities, and because of this, it is easy to forget your medication, but you should take special care not to skip a dose.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are always open to treat any emergency. Remember if you use our online check-in form, we will be waiting for you at the door.

Eat Healthily

There is nothing wrong with an occasional indulgence during your vacation. However, you should try to keep your portions in check and avoid eating too many high-calorie meals.

When possible, avoid the all you can eat buffets, as the variety of options will make it hard not to overeat.

Staying safe this summer should be your number one goal; however, sometimes, no matter how much we plan accidents happen. That is why Altus Emergency Centers has locations throughout East Texas, remember we are always near you in times of need.  

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!

UV Safety Tips – The Sun Can Burn!

UV Safety – The Sun Can Burn You!

Summers in most of Texas can be harsh, not only because of the high temperatures but also because of the intense sun rays. UV safety is a matter to not take lightly.

Unless we use the right protection, we risk getting sunburned. In fact, while rare, severe sunburn can be life-threating.

What is a Sunburn?

Unless you take UV safety precautions, you will risk getting a sunburn.  Extreme ultraviolet (UV) exposure can cause severe damage to our skin; this is what we know as sunburn.

It only takes 10 minutes of intense UV exposure for our skin to deploy its defense mechanism to try and defend itself.

The first hint that something is not right, is redness. Then your skin will start feeling tight; this is as a response of it losing its moisture and hydration. Then slowly, the cells will begin to thicken, and your body will start to produce melanin (skin pigment) to try and stop the UV rays from penetrating the deeper layers of the skin and causing damage to the cell’s DNA.

Most sunburn episodes are short-lived and mild, but you should still try to prevent them as they can increase your chances of developing skin cancer later in life.

Who is at Risk of Sunburn?

Anyone who is out in the sun for extended times or when the UV index is high is at risk of getting sunburned. However, some people are more vulnerable than others. UV safety is particularly vital in the following cases:

 

  • Fair Skin People. The lighter your skin color is, the more vulnerable you are to sunburns
  • Children and the Elderly. Infants and children under 6, as well as adults over 60, have a higher risk of sunburn
  • People Taking Certain Medications. Some medications can increase your sensitivity to sun rays. You should talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any medicines you are taking before you go out in the sun.
  • Anyone with a Skin Condition. People with psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, and other skin conditions may need to take extra precautions to avoid sunburns.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

How to Know When a Sunburn Could Be Serious

Most sunburns don’t need medical attention, but in some cases, when the burns are very severe, you will need to come into the nearest Altus Emergency Center to receive treatment. 

Here is when it’s time to seek care for your sunburn.

Sun Poisoning

Sun poisoning is a serious sunburn allergic reaction that causes skin inflammation. Aside from the bumps on your skin, you may also experience pain, itching, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances.

If not treated correctly, sun poisoning could lead to life-threatening infection and shock. So, if you think you or someone you know is experiencing sun poisoning, you need to come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center to be evaluated and treated.

 

You’ve Developed a Skin Infection

Many sunburns are severe enough that they cause blisters. Most times, these only require a topical cream to heal; however, in some cases, the blisters can become infected.

You can tell you have a skin infection if you notice swelling, pus or red streaks leading from the blister. In this case, you will likely need antibiotics to treat the infection, which means you see your doctor or come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center.

Beyond UV Safety. Preventing Sunburns and other Sun-Related Injuries

Summer is supposed to be a fun time for everyone, with lots of outdoor activities. To make sure you avoid the risks of sunburns the doctors at Altus Emergency Centers recommend:

  • You apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out in the sun
  • Reapply sunscreen every 2-hours
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Stay out of the sun between 10 am and 4 pm when possible

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are always open to treat any emergency. Remember if you use our online check-in form, we will be waiting for you at the door.

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!

Dr. Adriano Goffi Lumberton Medical Director

Meet Dr. Adriano Goffi Our Lumberton Medical Director

Last month we decided to make a bold move and hire full-time physicians not only to work in our emergency centers but also to help us manage them.

What Motivated the Change?

Our decision to hire physicians directly will provide many benefits to our patients as we now complete control of scheduling, and billing, which means no more surprise bills. Additionally, our decision has allowed us the freedom to negotiate much better rates with our doctors. The new rates will help lower your cost of care without compromising the quality.

Who can Be Part of the Altus Physicians Group?

The Altus Physicians Group is composed of talented emergency physicians who not only have a successful track record in their field but are also amazing human beings.

We have gone to great lengths to hire local talent, so we can continue cultivating the sense of community that has always set us apart from other emergency facilities.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Getting to Know Dr. Adriano Goffi MD MPH

Today we welcome Dr. Adriano Goffi MD MPH, who has recently been appointed as the medical director for our Lumberton center.

We recently sat down with Dr. Adriano Goffi to get to him a little better, this is part of our conversation.

 

Q: Where were you born?

A: Dr. Goffi

 I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. However, my family decided to move to the United States when I was very young, so I’ve lived most of my life here.

 

Q: What did you dream of becoming when you grew up?

A: Dr. Goffi

I always wanted to be a physician since I was 10 years old.

 

Q: We know you are a very busy man, especially now that you are the medical director for our Lumberton emergency center, but we are curious to find out what do you do when you are not working? Do you have any hobbies and interests?

A: Dr. Goffi

I’m very active, so most of my interests outside of work involve sports. I am an Ironman finisher, and I also enjoy playing hockey and golf. My other favorite thing to do is go to the park with my wife and children.

 

Q: Can you share with us an inspirational quote that you feel describes you or one that you really relate to?

A: Dr. Goffi

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

 

Q: Fill in the blank:  I really love…

A: Dr. Goffi

My wife and kids.

Q: Your family seems to be one of the pillars in your life, can you tell us a little bit about them?

A: Dr. Goffi

Absolutely, my beautiful wife is named Yahaira, she is 30 years old. We have two amazing kids, Santiago who is 11 years old, and our little baby girl Penelope who is 5-months old.

We have two dogs Pibe who is a boxer and Dobi our French bulldog.

 

Q: Talk to us about your studies and professional experience

A: Dr. Goffi

I have more than 15 years of experience in the medical field. 

After high school, I decided to join the U.S. Navy, it was here that my medical career started. I began as a Medical Corpsman certified in Fleet Marine Force (FMF) and Surgical Technologist. My post required me to act as a first responder to an entire United States Marine Corps platoon. 

When I first entered the Navy, I was lucky enough to be selected for a prestigious Marine Corps training and chosen to attend the Naval School of Health Sciences: School of Surgical Technology.  

During my training, I received the award “Super Doc,” as a result of achieving superior academic and physical performance scores in the program. I am very proud of this because it’s a testament to all my hard work and dedication.

After serving in the U.S. Navy, I went on to study at Ross Medical University, where I received my Doctor of Medicine. 

I did my residency in Family Practice at Phoenix Baptist Hospital, where I also served as a professor and mentor. 

 

Q: You have experience in emergency medicine and family practice, do you have any other specializations?

A: Dr. Goffi

Yes, in fact, after my residency, I obtained multiple certifications and training in Anti-aging, Stem cells, Liposuction, and other wellness/anti-aging certifications. 

 

Q: Why did you decide to get back into emergency medicine?

A: Dr. Goffi

My early experiences in the military is what gave me a passion for emergency medicine, and it’s something that I’ve always carry with me.

 

Q: What is your management style? How do you like to communicate with your team?

A: Dr. Goffi

I believe in good communication. I am always available for the staff to answer all questions and concerns.

 

We would like to thank Dr. Adriano Goffi for his time and openness. We know he will do great as the new medical director for our Lumberton ER center.  You deserve the best care in an emergency.  When seconds can make a difference between life and death, it’s good to know that you can count on top notch ER physicians such as Dr. Goffi at Altus ER Centers.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS to ER CARE!

The Importance of Emergency Radiology

The Importance of Emergency Radiology

Emergency radiology is an important subspecialty of medicine that has helped save countless lives in our emergency centers.

The main responsibility of an emergency radiologist is to provide a quality diagnosis of ill or injured patients using CT Scans, X-Rays, and Ultrasound machines.

Time Factor in Emergency Radiology

In the ER, time can be both our greatest ally and our worst enemy. The first hour after trauma or the beginning of symptoms is considered the golden hour.

When our doctors can accurately diagnose a patient’s condition in that first hour, patient survival rates go up, and the risk of long-term or permanent damage decreases. 

However, for doctors to accurately diagnose a patient’s injury, they rely on the expertise of our emergency radiologists who are always on site, ready to perform the necessary tests.

X-ray emergency radiology

Technology Used in Emergency Radiology

As we mentioned earlier, having the capability to immediately and correctly evaluate and diagnose a patient, helps doctors formulate the best treatment course, which will alleviate the patient’s pain, and save lives.

The key is to have access to the results as quickly as possible. And this is where technology comes in to play. 

All Altus Emergency Centers have access to the most advanced imagining technology, that provides accurate results in minutes, not hours.

CT Scan

CT Scan or CAT Scan provides clear and detailed images of the soft tissue, bones, and blood vessels in the body. 

The images produced by our CT Scans allow our emergency radiologists and physicians to diagnose and treat internal injuries and diseases.

 

CT Scans are recommended in the following cases:

  • To Diagnose Infectious Diseases
  • To Identify Muscle Disorders
  • To Visualize and Evaluate Bone Fractures
  • To Pinpoint the Location of Tumors 
  • To Study the Blood Vessels and Other Internal Structures
  • To Assess the Extent of Internal Injuries and Internal Bleeding
  • To Diagnose Heart Disease

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

X-Rays

X-rays have been used for years to diagnose internal organs and bones. 

At Altus Emergency Centers, we utilize digital x-rays which offer additional benefits compared to conventional x-rays. 

Benefits include lower radiation exposure, and better processing and storing of images.

 

In the ER, X-rays are mainly used to diagnose or evaluate the following conditions:

  • Infections Including Pneumonia
  • Broken Bones
  • Digestive Problems, including Damage to the Stomach or Intestines
  • Diagnose Kidney, Bladder, and Gallstones
  • Blocked Blood Vessels
  • Enlarged Heart
  • Locate Foreign Objects in the Body

Ultrasound

Ultrasound tests use high-frequency sound waves to capture images of the inside of a patient’s body.

The sound frequency used in ultrasounds is inaudible, and it is continuously adjusted during the procedure depending on how deep the tissue or organ being evaluated is. 

High-frequency ultrasounds are ideal for superficial imaging, while low frequencies can penetrate deeper.

 

Doctors may request an ultrasound for a patient when:

  • Abdominal Trauma
  • Acute Abdomen, Liver, Gall Bladder and Urinary Pain
  • Infection
  • Are Pregnant

All our radiology tests are safe, non-invasive, and painless. The best part is results are available within minutes, which allows our doctors to formulate a personalized treatment course for each patient.

In addition to having the most advanced radiology equipment, Altus Emergency Centers employs the best emergency radiologists who have the experience and knowledge necessary to save lives.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS to ER CARE!

4th of July Fireworks Safety Guide

4th of July Fireworks Safety Guide

Each year we get together with our friends and family to celebrate the birth of our Nation with BBQ’s, parades, and of course fireworks.

But before we start our nationwide party and our fireworks safety guide, we should all take a few moments to reflect on how lucky we are to live in this great country.

We think a big part of what helps make this country great, are the brave men and women of our armed forces. 

They help safeguard our freedoms and way of life, risking everything for this amazing land. Today we ask that you join us to celebrate and thank our military for all that they do.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are proud to be a TRICARE provider. Everyday our men and women in uniform go to work to defend us all, and we would like them to know that we are here for them and their loved ones in the event of a medical emergency.

Firework Injury Report

We all look forward to the fireworks display on the 4th of July but should never forget how dangerous fireworks can be.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has just published its 2018 Fireworks Annual Report. 

 

Here are some of the findings that led us to spread awareness on fireworks safety:

  • There were 9,100 estimated ER treated firework-related injuries
  • An estimated 5,600 fireworks-related injuries (or 62 % fireworks-related injuries in 2018) were treated in U.S. emergency rooms between June 22 and July 22, 2018
  • More than 44% of firework-related injuries were burns
  • At least 5 people died from firework-related injuries in 2018
  • Roughly half of the ER treated injuries involved people younger than 20

 

Here is the break down of the most injured body parts:

28% Hands and Fingers

24% Legs

19% Eyes

15% Head, Face, and Ears

10% Trunks and Other

4% Arms

Help Us Prevent Fireworks-Related Injuries and Deaths

4th of July Fireworks Safety Tips:

You can help us reduce the amount of fireworks-related injuries and deaths with these simple 4th of July fireworks safety tips:

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks, not even sparklers
  • Older children should only use them under close adult supervision
  • Never use fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Wear protective eyewear while handling or standing near fireworks 
  • Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
  • Never ignite them indoors
  • Keep fireworks away from people, houses and flammable materials
  • Never aim or throw fireworks at people or animals
  • Don’t place your body directly over the device when lighting the fuse
  • Only burn one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite them in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle faulty fireworks
  • Soak spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Have water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire
  • Don’t buy fireworks that are packaged in brown paper. These are usually made for professional displays, and they could be dangerous
  • Never use illegal fireworks

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

What to Do in Case of a Firework-Related Injury

If the unthinkable happens here is what you need to do:

  • Come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center to receive an injury evaluation and treatment
  • In case of an eye injury, don’t try to flush the wound with water or apply ointment. Instead, cover the eye and seek immediate medical attention at our nearest ER center
  • If the injury is a burn, remove the clothing surrounding the injured area and run cool, not cold water over the wound. Then head to our nearest ER center as fast as possible.

Firework-related injuries can be prevented, let’s do our best to keep our families safe during the 4th of July celebrations.

As always, all Altus Emergency Centers will be open during the holiday to treat any emergencies. Remember, we accept most private insurance and TRICARE patients.

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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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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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