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!

Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

We all look forward to the long, hot days of summer. But there is a darker side of summer, heat-related illnesses, that most of us don’t know about.

Every year there are approximate 658 extreme-heat related deaths in the United States. Sadly, all these deaths could have been prevented with proper care and prevention.

What Are Heat-Related Illnesses?

Heat-related illnesses are medical conditions that occur when we are exposed to extreme or prolonged hot temperatures. Heat-related illness range from minor illnesses to life-threatening medical emergencies. 

There are several heat-related illnesses, including:

  • Heat Stroke
  • Heat Exhaustion 
  • Heat Cramps 
  • Heat rash
  • Dehydration

What Causes Heat-Related Illnesses?

The human body has a built-in temperature regulating system known as thermoregulation. The way our bodies primarily adjust temperatures is through sweat. When the sweat evaporates, our body cools down. 

However, in situations when air temperatures are above 95°F, or there is high humidity, the natural cooling mechanism becomes less efficient, and our bodies can’t cool down fast enough. This is dangerous because very high body temperatures can damage the brain and other internal organs.

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illnesses

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness and knowing what to do can help save lives.

The following chart was published by the CDC and shows the typical symptoms of the most common heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration

Dehydration occurs when more fluids leave our body than enter it. Symptoms vary depending on how severely dehydrated we are.

 

The first symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Thirst
  • Darker Urine
  • Decreased Urine Production

 

With moderate dehydration, more symptoms develop such as:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

 

When we lose 10-15% of our body’s water, we become severely dehydrated. In these cases, we experience extreme versions of the symptoms listed above as well as:

  • Lack of Sweating
  • Sunken Eyes
  • Shriveled and Dry Skin
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Fever
  • Delirium
  • Unconsciousness

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Age Group

Recommended Daily Fluid Intake

Toddlers 1-34 cups
Children 4-85 cups
Boys 9-138 cups
Boys 14-1811 cups
Girls 9-137 cups
Girls 14-188 cups
Adult Men (19 and over)13 cups
Adult Women (19 and over)9 cups
Pregnant Women10 cups
Lactating Women13 cups

How to Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses

The following tips are essential to help protect your health when temperatures are extremely high.

 

Drink Plenty of Fluids

Follow the guidelines from the chart above.

 

Replace Salts and Minerals 

Sweat removes vital minerals and salts from the body, and therefore need to be replaced. The safest way to do this is through diet, so try eating more fruits and vegetables. You can also drink a sports beverage while exercising or working in the heat.

 

Wear Appropriate Clothing and Sunscreen

Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. While out in the sun, wear a wide-brimmed hat which can provide shade and keep the head cool.

Sunburn affects the body’s ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluids, so apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before you go in the sun and reapply every 2-hours.

 

Pace Yourself

If you are not used to exercising or working in high temperatures, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually.

If outdoor activities in the heat make your heart pound and leave you gasping for breath, STOP what you are doing. Get into a cool or shaded area, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, weak, or faint.

 

Stay Indoors When Possible

The best way to avoid heat-related illnesses is to stay in cool places as much as possible. Avoid being outside for long periods during the hottest times of the day between 10 am and 4 pm.

Remember if you or someone you know is showing the signs and symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, you need to come into the nearest Altus Emergency Centers. Use our online check-in form, and our staff of qualified physicians will be waiting for you at the door.

Both heat stroke and heat exhaustion are dangerous conditions and need immediate medical attention to avoid long term injury or death.

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!

How to Keep Your Kids Healthy

How to Keep Your Kids Healthy

April was a fantastic month, but it’s not over yet, as we near the end of this month we still have one significant observance in sight, Every Kid Healthy™ Week!

This annual observance shines a spotlight on the great efforts’ schools are making to improve the health and wellness of our kids and the link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning.

But despite all the efforts schools are making, there is no denying that children in large groups have a knack for spreading germs and viruses that cause illnesses. For this reason, we are sharing five essential health tips to help make sure your kiddos stay healthy.

#5Teach them to Wash Their Hands Frequently

Kids are always playing, and as a result, their hands touch a lot of surfaces that could be dirty or harbor bacteria, viruses, and germs that could make them sick.

Teaching your child how to wash their hands properly is a great way to minimize their exposure to harmful organisms.

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

  • Wet hands thoroughly with water (temperature does not matter).
  • Lather with soap and make sure your kids apply soap to the back of their hands as well.
  • Instruct them to scrub their hands for 20 seconds or more, make sure to rub the back of their hands, wrists, in between fingers and under the fingernails.
  • They should rinse with plenty of water.
  • Teach them to always dry their hands thoroughly with a clean towel or an air dryer

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

#4 – Feed Them Healthy Meals and Snacks

A healthy diet is one of the best ways to prevent the onset of chronic diseases like:

  • Obesity
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Type 2 Diabetes

Like most other habits, healthy habits are more likely to stay with you if you learn them as a kid. That’s why it’s important to teach your kiddos good habits now.

We understand everyone is busy these days and eating every meal at home is not always possible. And let’s be honest there is no sure way to prevent your kids from eating junk food.

You shouldn’t stress over this and don’t ban your children from eating a burger or pizza when they go out with friends. Instead of prohibiting your kids from eating certain foods, focus on the 80-20 rule. Try your best to make sure your children eat healthy 80% of the time and accept that the other 20% of the time, they will be eating an entire bag of potato chips all by themselves.

#3 – Keep Them Active

Exercise is vital for bone and muscle health, alleviating stress, creating a positive self-image, and preventing diseases later in life.

Most children need a minimum of 1-hour of physical activity per day, sports, dancing, swimming, are just some examples of fun ways for your kids to reach that goal.

However, before you send your kid off to the practice you need to make sure they will be safe, sports injuries are common. 

Learn to recognize the signs of a severe injury and when to bring your child to the ER.

 

Orthopedic Injuries

Bring your child to our pediatric ER when:

  • Your child cannot use or move their arm correctly, or they can’t bear weight on an injured leg
  • The limb that was injured looks misshapen, or bone is protruding from the skin

 

Concussions

A concussion is a serious brain injury, especially for a child, you should bring your kid to our pediatric ER as soon as possible if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Change in Level of Consciousness (asks repetitive questions, has memory loss)
  • Vomiting (more than once)
  • Fever
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Difficulty Breathing

#2 – Teach them to Keep Hydrated

It’s easy for kids to forget to drink enough water when they are playing, and this makes it easy for them to become dehydrated.

A great way to teach your kids to stay hydrated is to have them look at their pee, the clearer it is, the better, show them that if their pee is dark yellow, they should drink a glass of water or two.

Children with mild dehydration can be treated at home, provide them plenty of fluids and fruits and they should recover well. However, for kids who have moderate to severe dehydration, it’s important to get them to the nearest Altus Emergency pediatric center for treatment.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Moderate to Severe Dehydration

  • Dry, cracked lips and a dry mouth
  • Passes less urine than usual, no urine for eight to 12 hours, or dark-colored urine
  • Drowsiness or irritability
  • Cold or dry skin
  • Low energy levels, seeming very weak or limp
  • No tears when crying
  • Sunken eyes or sunken soft spot (fontanelle) on baby’s head

#1 – Stay Alert

The best way to keep your children healthy is to stay alert; as parents, we need to pay attention to any changes in behavior, monitor temperatures, and keep a vigilant eye on symptoms if our child is sick.

Knowing when to bring your child to our ER can save their lives.

 

Your child’s health is important to us, for this reason, Altus Emergency Centers have built state of the art pediatric emergency facilities to ensure your kids are treated in a friendly, calming environment.

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!

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