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Top Seven Holiday Medical Emergencies

Top 7 Holiday Medical Emergencies & When to Head for the ER

We all know how crazy the Holiday Season can be, with relatives coming in from out of town, finding that perfect gift, getting your home decorated, and preparing that unforgettable holiday meal.

With the all the commotion and parties to attend, the risk of suffering an accident, increase during this time of year.  Then there is the question, “Should I visit the ER for this emergency?”  Holiday medical emergencies are a serious concern, especially during Christmas and New Years Eve.

There are about 250 injuries a day during the holiday season. These are the top 7 reasons why people visit the ER during the holidays. Get the facts and signs of alert that you need to visit your nearest emergency center.  If you get quality ER treatment fast, you may be back in time to enjoy your holidays with your friends and family.

Holiday Decorating Injuries

Our first of our holiday medical emergencies believe it or not involves holiday decorating. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that Emergency Rooms across the country attend some 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating during November and December each year, and the number of injuries is on the rise.

Out of those estimated 15,000 cases:

  • 34% involve falls
  • 11% are from cuts and lacerations
  • 10% are due to back strains

Head for the ER if:

  • You fall from a ladder, stool, or roof. You have a broken bone or an internal injury
  • If you have cut yourself and bone or tendons are visible
  • If you lost consciousness after a fall, you might have a concussion
  • If you have severe pain or mobility issues

Alcohol and Drug Abuse

It is not a surprise that alcohol and drug abuse is on our holiday medical emergencies list. Emergency room visits for injuries related to alcohol usage continue to rise according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The investigation revealed that Emergency Room visits for acute or chronic alcohol-related treatment rose by 61 percent between 2006 and 2014.

 

Out of all the drug and alcohol-related injuries treated by Emergency Rooms each year:

  • 17.1% occur on New Year’s Day
  • 10.1 occur on Christmas Day

 

Severe alcohol poisoning could lead to death if you see anyone displaying the following symptoms bring them into the ER immediately:

  • Metal Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Slow breathing
  • A blue colored tint of the skin
  • Low body temperature
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

Trauma and Car Crashes

We encourage to drive safely every day of the year but especially during the holidays as trauma and car crashes are among the top holiday medical emergencies.  According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the month of December can be especially dangerous for motorists.

The week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day is considered one of the most dangerous and deadliest weeks of the year for drivers. More people on the roads, stress, weather conditions and alcohol consumption are all contributing factors for road accidents.

 

  • 40% of deaths during the last week of the year involve at least one drunk driver
  • Drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 tend to be more often involved in fatal crashes related to alcohol use. The second highest age group was drivers between 25 and 34 years old.

 

Any person involved in a car crash regardless of whether alcohol was involved or not should be brought in to our Emergency Room immediately for evaluation. Remember insurance companies are required by law to cover ER visits for car crashes.

Sprains, Broken Bones and Concussions

It seems the number of falls increases during the holidays, from falling while putting up Christmas decorations, slipping and falling while running errands, to kids falling off their new bikes, and skateboards, the truth is at our Emergency Centers we see a fair share of sprains, broken bones, and concussions during the last few days of the year.

 

You should pay us a visit when:

  • You suspect you or a loved one has a broken bone
  • You have fallen and hit your head and lost consciousness, are feeling dizzy, have trouble remembering things, have difficulty speaking, as you may have a concussion
  • If you have difficulty walking or are suffering from severe pain

Overeating

We are all guilty of overindulging during the holidays. Those special dinners and Holiday treats, however, can give us some nasty scares and some real problems. In fact, the CDC has stated that abdominal pain is the single most common reason that American patients visit the ER, accounting for seven million visits per year

According to a study by the American Heart Association, overeating makes you four times more likely to experience chest pains or worse suffer a heart attack.

 

Additionally, people who overeat during the Holidays:

  • Are 10 times more likely to visit the ER
  • Run the risk of requiring emergency stomach procedures
  • Increase their risk of having food stuck in their esophagus

Whenever you experience chest pains, shortness of breath, or severe abdominal pain you should rush to the ER for evaluation, don’t wait it out.

Allergic Reactions

During the Holiday Season, people who suffer from allergies are exposed to many triggers, from Christmas trees, mold, scented candles, and of course food.

For most of us allergic reactions are mild and can be treated with an over the counter antihistamine, however, in some cases, our immune system’s response can be severe enough to cause an asthma attack or a life-threatening anaphylactic shock.

Severe asthma attacks or cases of anaphylactic shock require immediate medical attention, all Altus Emergency Center locations will be open every day during this Holiday Season to attend such emergencies.

Kitchen Related Injuries

There’s a lot of food preparation that goes on during Christmas and New Year’s, and in our eagerness to create those spectacular meals, we could end up cutting or burning ourselves.

Hopefully most cuts and burns will be superficial and won’t require medical attention, however, if your wound is deep enough as to where you can see bone, cartilage, or tendons you need to come in for stitches, and if you have second or third degree burns you must come in to the ER immediately.

 

Altus Emergency Centers wishes everyone in the communities we serve a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. And we would like to remind you that we will be available to treat any medical emergency that arises.

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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.

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Broken Bones – ER or Urgent Care?

Where to go for Broken Bones?

When to go to the ER or the Urgent Care.

Growing up, whenever we got sick or injured the only treatment options we had were: schedule a doctor appointment or go to the hospital. Today, however, there are many treatment options available and knowing which one you should choose can be confusing.

Part of this confusion comes from not understanding what the differences between an Urgent Care center and an Emergency Room are; after all urgent and emergency are often used as synonyms, but, when it comes to medical care, the difference is clear.

Let’s start with understanding the difference between an Urgent Care clinic and an Emergency Room.

Urgent Care Centers: These healthcare facilities treat many of the same minor injuries and illnesses as your family doctor. Issues like allergies, mild respiratory illnesses, small cuts, and sprains can all be treated at an urgent care facility.

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Emergency Rooms: ER’s can treat any of the illnesses and injuries mentioned above, however, if you are able to get treatment at an urgent care you will most likely save money, as copays for minor injuries tend to be more expensive if treated in the ER. You should, however, go directly to the ER if you are suffering from a life-threatening condition such as a heart attack, stroke or severe trauma.

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Where to Go in Case of a Broken Bone

When it comes to bone fractures, most of the time diagnosis cannot be made by a regular physical exam, diagnostic imaging such as x-rays and CT Scans are necessary. This means that if you suspect you or a loved one has a broken bone, they need to be examined by a qualified physician.

Not all bone fractures are the same, there are many types and treatment varies depending on the type and severity of the injury. In some cases, a brace, along with some rest will be enough, other times surgery might be required.

Types of Bone Fractures

  • Simple Fractures: When the broken bone does not break the skin or muscle tissue
  • Compound Fractures: In this case, the bone does pierce the surface exposing the bone and surrounding deep tissue
  • Comminuted Fractures: These are severe fractures where the bone breaks in different places
  • Greenstick Fractures: Common in children due to the flexibility of their bones, these fractures occur only on one side of the bone, meaning it is just a partial break
  • Avulsion Fractures: When a small piece of bone is torn from the main bone due to extreme force placed on a ligament or tendon, the injury is known as an avulsion fracture

The location of the fracture will also help you determine where you should go for treatment. The following chart was designed to help you make the right decision on where to go in case of a suspected broken bone injury.

Easy Services Comparison Chart ER vs. Urgent Care.

Type and Location of Injury

Emergency Room

Urgent Care Center

Simple fracture on small bones such as a finger, wrist, toe

The ER has all necessary equipment to diagnose and treat these types of injuries. However, these types of fractures can be treated at an urgent care center

If the urgent care has X-rays available, they can place a temporary splint and then refer you to an orthopedic M.D.

Compound and Comminuted Fractures

These need to be treated at an emergency room as soon as possible

Urgent Care centers are not equipped to handle these types of injuries

Bone Fractures in Arms or Legs

Fractures on long bones like those in your arms or legs require more specialized treatment available at any ER

If you visit an Urgent Care center with a fracture to a long bone, they will refer you to the ER or an orthopedic M.D., and it will cost you more money

Centralized Bone Fractures (Skull, Hip, Neck)

Skull, hip, or neck bone fractures are very serious, you will require CT Scans and possibly surgery. Therefore, you need to go to the ER

Urgent Care centers are not able to diagnose or treat bone fractures on the skull, hip or neck

Bone Fracture that Restricts Blood Flow

If the broken bone is restricting the flow of blood in the area, you must immediately be transported to the ER

Urgent Care centers cannot treat this type of injury

Visible Deformity at the Injury Site

This is a sign of a severe bone fracture, and you should be transported to the ER

Urgent Care centers are not able to treat these types of fractures

Bottom Line: If you ever suspect you might have a broken bone your best choice is to visit the nearest Altus Emergency Center. Our physicians will take x-rays or CT Scans and accurately diagnose the severity of your injury, and the best course of treatment.

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, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

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

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