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Preventing Accidental Injuries at Work and School

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Preventing Accidental Injuries at Work and School

At Altus Emergency Centers we’re the biggest fans of health and safey.  Today we’d like to show you a few easy pointers on preventing accidental injuries.

When it comes to improving safety measures in our daily lives, we can safely say, it’s a team effort. Every one of us can make small changes to our routines that will help make our workplace, schools, and communities safer.

We will start by looking at the most common preventable injuries, some tips to avoid them and what steps to take if they do happen.

Preventing accidental injuries at work

Preventable Injuries at Work

Repetitive Motion Injuries

Let’s begin preventing accidental injuries at work by learning about and how to avoid repetitive motion injuries.  Constantly making the same movements at our workplace, can create wear and tear on our muscles, tendons, and joints. Repetitive motion injuries don’t always require strenuous activity to develop; work activities such as typing and using the computer can slowly cause damage to our eyesight, increase the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome, and chronic back pain.

The pain you experience is due to damage to the muscles, tendons, and nerves, and can become irreversible if it continues for too long.

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How to Prevent Repetitive Motion Injuries

  • – If your job requires heavy lifting, follow proper lifting techniques such as:
  • – Lift heavy objects slowly and avoid jerky movements
  • – Face the item, do not twist your body when lifting
  • – Keep the object close to your body, your feet apart and lift with your legs, not your back
  • – Ask for help lifting items that might be too heavy to lift on your own
  • – Use ergonomic tools, like fatigue mats if you must stand for long periods, or adjustable chairs if you work at a desk.
  • – If you have a desk job make sure your workstation is adjusted to your needs, consider things like:
    • – Setting your chair where your back is straight and relaxed
    • – The top of your monitor should be at eye level to avoid having to bend your neck
    • – When typing your elbows should be at your sides, feet comfortably flat on the floor, and keep your wrists straight
Preventing accidental injuries at work

Slips, Falls, and “Walking Into” injuries

When we think of preventing accidental injuries the first thing that comes to mind is the typical slip and fall. Falls are one of the top ER issues for older patients, they can happen to anyone at any age.  Not paying attention where we are walking, as well as misplaced office furniture or equipment can cause a person to slip, fall, or walk into a static object resulting in head, knee, foot, back, or neck injuries, depending on the speed and height at which the fall occurs the wounds could be severe.

How to Prevent Slips, Falls and Walking into Injuries

  • – Maintain a neat and tidy workplace
  • – Mark potential hazards/obstacles like glass doors, windows, and stairs so people can easily see them
  • – Place non-slip rugs in potentially slippery areas like entrances
  • – Use appropriate signs to indicate wet surfaces
  • – Cover and label uneven floor surfaces as well as cords on the floor
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Preventable Injuries at School

Schools are supposed to be these safe havens where we send our kids to learn all about all the wonders of this world; but, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 9.2 million kids visit an emergency room every year for non-fatal unintentional injuries, and many of these occur in schools.  We hope that by focusing on preventing accidental injuries at school, we’ll have safer, happier kids.

The most common school injuries include:

Playground Injuries

While most of us can remember an instance where we suffered a minor injury on the playground when we were children, the reality is kids can be seriously injured while playing. Falling from monkey bars and swings, or tripping over equipment sends some 200,000 kids to an emergency room every year.

Preventing accidental injuries at school

Preventing Playground Injuries

  • – Demand that school playgrounds have soft materials covering the ground such as mulch, sand, or wood chips, this will help lessen the severity of the falls
  • – Kids need to be supervised by adults while on the playground, to ensure they only use equipment that is right for their age
  • – Playground equipment needs to regular maintenance, and guardrails installed to prevent falls
  • – Obstacles like tree stumps and roots should be cleared to avoid children tripping over them

Slipping, Tripping and Falling Injuries

  • – Aside from the embarrassment and bruised egos of kids, falling on stairs or wet surfaces can cause severe injuries like broken arms or legs, and concussions.

Preventing Slipping, Tripping & Falling Injuries

  • – Teach your kids never to run while going down the stairs
  • – Wet surfaces should be clearly labeled
  • – Place non-slip mats at all entrances and exits in the school
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Sport Injuries

Sports programs at school are essential for the development of kids. Sports help kids learn how to play as part of a team, embrace challenges, and push themselves to do more and better, but, safety must also be an integral part of every sports program.

Preventing Sports Injuries at School

  • – Kids should have access to proper fitting sports gear, helmets, shoulder pads, shin guards, and footwear
  • – Coaches need to teach proper techniques, and correct postures when necessary
  • – Keep kids hydrated
  • – Take breaks; even young bodies need to rest
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What to do in the Event of an Unintentional Injury

We lead busy lives where we are often distracted by our phones or computers, and sometimes we are so used to our routines that we stop paying attention to our surroundings, this inevitably leads to unintentional injuries.

Depending on the severity of the injury immediate medical attention may be required, here is when you should come into the nearest Altus Emergency Center for treatment:

  • – If you sustained a head injury where you lost consciousness, or are feeling disoriented, tired, have nausea or trouble speaking
  • – Deep cuts where the bleeding does not stop
  • – Severe pain
  • – Severe swelling in the injured area
  • – You suspect you may have broken a bone
Preventing accidental injuries

Altus Emergency Centers cares about preventing accidental injuries.  However, should you or a loved one ever experience an injury, we are the best place have the latest diagnostic technologies and the most qualified emergency doctors and nurses to treat you and your loved ones; remember we are open 24/7 every day of the year.

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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts 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.

Healthcare Facility for Holiday Emergencies. Where to Go

Looking for a Healthcare Facility for Holiday Emergencies? Where to Go.

The Holiday Season is supposed to be a time of joy and cheerful communion with family and friends. But all this excitement can sometimes lead to accidents and unexpected health issues.

We know the last thing on your holiday checklist is planning for such events, but should you need medical care during the holidays, do you know where to go?

Where to Get Help When You Have a Medical Emergency?

Choosing the right healthcare facility for holiday emergencies is vital if you want a speedy recovery. But deciding where to get the best treatment for your injuries can sometimes be confusing.

Not worry; we are here to help you plan and know where to go to get in and out quickly so you can get back to enjoying your holiday season.

Here we will explain the differences between Urgent Care, Hospital ER’s, and stand-alone Emergency Rooms.

Urgent Care

These facilities offer convenient locations and are a good option for mild illness symptoms and minor injuries.

However, these centers rarely have a doctor on-site, and most are not open 24/7. Many may even be closed during holidays. Also, their level of care is limited. So if your injury or illness turns out to be more severe than you initially thought, they won’t be able to treat you. Instead, they will recommend you visit a higher level of care facility such as the emergency room.

If they refer you to a hospital ER, not only will you waste time getting there, you may also experience long wait times to be seen by a doctor. Therefore, if the UC refers you to the ER during the holidays, it’s best to choose a freestanding emergency room where you can get treated and discharged faster.

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Hospital Emergency Room

There is no question that a hospital-based emergency room is well-equipped to treat all types of emergencies with the added advantage that they are open 24/7. But, unfortunately, overcrowding and long wait times are a reality for most hospital ER’s.

On average, hospital ER patients wait more than an hour and a half to be taken to their room and 2.25 hours before discharge.

During the holidays, these wait times are sure to increase, leaving you with less time to spend with your family and recover comfortably at home.

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Independent/Freestanding Emergency Room

Your search for a healthcare facility for holiday emergencies is over!

A freestanding emergency room (FER or FEC), also called stand-alone ER or independent ER, is open 24/7, offers immediate treatment, and is well equipped to handle a wide variety of emergencies.

A freestanding ER has all the diagnostic equipment for doctors to identify the type and severity of your injuries. Diagnostic equipment includes X-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, and clinical laboratory. Additionally, they have qualified doctors and nurses certified in emergency care, meaning you are always in good hands.

Best of all, wait times at independent emergency rooms like Altus are considerably lower. Within minutes of your arrival, one of our nurses will be assessing your injuries, and you will see a doctor within 10-15 after you arrive.

Because Altus ER’s don’t suffer from the same overcrowding issues as hospital ER’s, you will always receive faster, more personalized care from us.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we provide patients with online check-in options to make wait time even shorter. And we also provide them with free medical screening.

Contrary to many reports, Altus Emergency Centers are not more expensive than a hospital ER. In fact, we have negotiated special rates with our in-house doctors to ensure you receive the best care at the best price.

Additionally, our patient advocate will help you understand and maximize your health insurance benefits. They will make sure you never pay more for out-of-pocket expenses than you should.

Services Offered By Healthcare Facilities

If you are still unsure where you should go to treat a holiday emergency, this chart will help you make the right decision.

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Know Where to Go In the Event of an Emergency

If you experience a medical emergency and want to get in and out as quickly as possible to get back to enjoying good times with your family and friends, your best choice is Altus Emergency.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

altus emergency 24 hr ER Texas

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

Choosing Your Healthcare Plan Wisely

What to Ask When Choosing Your Healthcare Plan

The 2022 open enrollment period opened on November 1st and ends on December 15th, 2021, this means that many of us are actively shopping for the health care plan that bests suits our needs and budget.

To get the most out of our medical insurance plans, we must understand how the plans work, and what they cover. State and Federal insurance laws obligate insurers to include certain benefits and provide certain protections; however, insurers offer different plans from which you can choose, some will provide more coverage and protection than others, but this usually means the extra coverage comes at a price.

When you are shopping for healthcare coverage, insurance companies will provide a summary of each of their plans, this information will help you choose the right plan for you and your family. But, keep in mind the insurers won’t provide all the details of the plan until you have enrolled in the plan.

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What is a Healthcare Policy?

For all intent and purposes, a health care policy is a legal contract between you and the health insurance company or health maintenance organization (HMO). When you enroll in a program, the insurance company or HMO will provide a copy of the contract, this will give detailed information about what your rights and responsibilities are under the plan.

For more information on the types of plans offered in Texas, please visit the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)

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Can I Cancel the Plan If I am Not Satisfied with the Coverage?

Yes, when you receive your copy of the policy detailing all the benefits, it is essential you read it carefully, especially if you have any special health needs. This will be the first time you are seeing the details of the coverage you will receive, and it’s important for you to know that if you are not satisfied with the policy, you have 10 days to return it and get a refund of your premium.

What is the Best Way to Compare Plans?

When you are shopping for medical insurance, ask the provider for their summary of benefits and coverage. This is the best way for you to compare healthcare plans as this document uses a standardized format making it easier to compare one item to another.

This summary outlines the basic coverage and cost of the plan you are interested in and will include the following:

  • Benefits and Exclusions
  • Links to Your Preferred Provider Directory and Drug Formulary
  • Deductible Amount
  • Coinsurance and Copayment Amounts
  • Out-of-Pocket limits
  • Referral Requirements
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Always Ask About Emergency Medical Coverage

State and Federal laws obligate insurance companies to include Emergency Medical coverage in their policies. However, as we mentioned before, how much is covered can change from one plan to the next. As of August 6th, 2018, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) approved a controversial new program which grants the largest Health Insurance company in Texas to deny payments for some ER visits. Therefore, it is crucial to ask how your plan will process emergency medical treatment and ER visits before you enroll.

Can You Appeal a Deny of Payment on ER Treatments?

Absolutely, every consumer has the right to appeal the insurance company’s decision to not pay for treatment received in the ER.

According to the TDI, they received assurances from the insurance company that patients will have the right to have their doctor debate the treatment plan provided with the insurer doctor before a denial of payment was issued, and patients will be able to appeal the denial with an independent review organization.

Altus Emergency Center’s Patient Advocate department is available to patients review their health insurance claims and to aid in the event of an appeal of payment denial. Our priority is and always been the wellbeing of our patients, and our doctors follow care protocols to ensure the best medical care is provided.

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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

altus emergency 24 hr ER Texas

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

COVID-19 Mental Health Concerns for Moms

COVID-19 Mental Health Concerns for Moms

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down, and while everyone’s experience is unique, we cannot deny that parents, especially moms, are experiencing unusually high-stress levels.

The sudden changes in work, school, and everyday life have forced families to adapt quickly, and moms especially bear the brunt of these adjustments.

Without notice, you may have found yourself without childcare, and having to assume homeschooling responsibilities, while juggling working from home. Or you may be one of the 2.5 million women who had to leave the workforce during the pandemic to care for their families, adding a financial strain to an already stressful situation.

Given how much life has changed in the last year and a half, it’s no surprise that studies show elevated rates of depression and anxiety amongst mothers. With all of the additional responsibilities and uncertainties, it’s harder to find the time to care for your emotional and physical needs.

We want to encourage all the moms in our community to make themselves a priority and start caring for their minds and bodies. So, we’re sharing some tips to help reduce stress and lessen the burden of everyday life during the pandemic.

Common COVID-19 Mental Health Concerns for Moms

Set Boundaries

We know as a mom, you are a go-to person in your family. However, it’s important to set boundaries and outline appropriate times when family members can call on you to help them with something.

Split Household Responsibilities

We can all agree that moms are superhumans. But, it doesn’t mean you have to do all the work all the time. Split household chores like cooking, going grocery shopping, taking out the trash, and caring for the kiddos with your partner. Also, make your older kids responsible for setting the table, washing dishes, doing laundry, and keeping the house tidy.

Schedule Some Alone Time

It may be difficult at first because you will probably feel selfish for taking some time just for yourself, but you are entitled to this alone time, and you deserve it.

You spend enough time focusing on keeping your family happy and functioning smoothly. Still, you won’t be able to do that if you get sick, so you need to stop canceling yourself and dedicate time to healthy stress relief activities like reading, listening to music, meditating, and exercising.

Make Time to Socialize with Friends

Even if you cannot meet with friends in person, try to make a virtual date with your friends. Talking to other moms going through similar situations will help relieve stress and help you feel less isolated.

Make a Budget and Stick to It

The economic effects of the pandemic hit many families. Financial burdens are among the top stress factors.

If you don’t already have a budget, now is a great time to start. If you have a budget, revisit past expenses and see if there are any areas you can cut back to save money.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

We all struggle sometimes, and it’s ok and even expected to feel overwhelmed during these uncertain times.

If you are dealing with depression and/or anxiety, speak out, let your husband or partner know what you are feeling.

Remember, there is always help available. Reach out to your church’s prayer group or join an online support group.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we know moms are the pillars of our community, and we will always be here to help.

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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top-of-the-line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts 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.

Common New Mom Health Concerns

Common New Mom Health Concerns

Having a baby is one of the greatest blessings in life. And it’s only natural that as a new mom, you are focusing all their attention on your new bundle of joy, but let’s face it, giving birth is hard on your body.

It’s normal to experience some pain and discomfort in the days and weeks after delivery. Still, it’s important to listen to your body and not ignore potential warning signs, as some of these could be life-threatening.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the risks of maternal mortality. Researchers list several leading causes of postpartum deaths, including hemorrhage, heart disease, infection, and mental health issues. The good news is that many of these unfortunate deaths are preventable.

Common Postpartum Health Issues

Infection

Infections at the site of a C-section or a tear in the perineum are not uncommon. However, it’s possible to develop infections in other parts of your body after delivery, such as the uterus, bladder, and kidneys.

Women who experience prolonged labor and prolonged rupture of membranes are more likely to develop these infections than those with uncomplicated deliveries.

It’s easy to treat infections that are in the early stages; however, if left untreated, infections can develop into more severe conditions and become life-threatening

You should seek emergency care if you have:

  • Fever of 100.4 F or higher
  • Fast breathing or heart rate
  • Chills with clammy or sweaty skin
  • Extreme or increasing pain
  • Discharge at the wound site
  • Redness at the wound site
  • The wound site is warm to the touch

Clogged Breast Duct or Mastitis

When your baby suckles on your breasts, it stimulates nerve endings that push the milk through a duct system and out through the nipple so your baby can feed.

However, these ducts can sometimes become blocked, preventing the milk from flowing correctly. When this happens, you may feel localized pain and tenderness in the affected breast. Your breast may also change coloration, becoming redder than usual.

Unless treated, the blockage may cause an infection in your breast known as mastitis. Once the condition develops, the affected breast will be red, warm, swollen, and painful on one side. Additionally, mastitis may also cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, fatigue, and aches.

If you have a clogged duct or mastitis, you should continue to breastfeed your baby from both sides and apply warm compresses before feeding to help reduce pain and promote milk flow. Additionally, massaging the blocked area can help unclog the duct.

Signs Your Clogged Duct or Mastitis Needs Medical Attention

  • There is no symptom improvement after 24 hours
  • You have a persistent fever or your fever spikes to 101°F or higher
  • Your breast becomes redder than usual, swollen and hot
  • You see red streaks on your breast going from the areola to the underarm
  • You see pus or blood in your milk
  • Your nipple looks infected

Hemorrhage

Hemorrhage, or heavy bleeding, is a well-documented cause of postnatal death. 

Although there’s little you can do to prevent hemorrhage, you can pay close attention to how much you’re bleeding during the two weeks following the birth of your baby.

 If you have excessive bleeding that soaks more than one sanitary pad per hour, let your doctor know and call 911.  

High Blood Pressure

Postpartum high blood pressure is a condition called preeclampsia. In most cases, it occurs within 48 hours after the delivery; however, it can develop up to six weeks after the birth of your child.

Preeclampsia is a serious condition classified as a medical emergency. If left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to kidney and liver failure, cause seizures, and even death.

Signs of Preeclampsia:

Get emergency medical care if you experience any of the following:

  • High blood pressure (140/90 mm Hg or higher)
  • Decreased urination
  • Severe headaches
  • Pain in the upper right portion of your belly or shoulder
  • Swelling in the legs, hands, or face
  • Vision changes (flashes of light in your vision or lasting dark spots)
  • Trouble breathing

Heart Failure

Some women experience a weakening of the heart, known as peripartum cardiomyopathy, during or shortly after pregnancy.

Your heart pumps up to 50% more blood while you are pregnant to nourish your growing baby. Scientists believe this added stress could be the cause of this type of heart failure.

Known risk factors for peripartum cardiomyopathy include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Being over 30
  • Having twins or more

Please rush to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if you have:

  • Chest pain
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Palpitations (your heart feels like it is skipping beats)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Swelling in the feet or ankles

Blood Clots

Although rare, blood clots are a leading cause of postpartum death. 

Most blood clots originate in the legs and, if dislodged, can travel to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.

New moms who had a C-section, have high blood pressure, are older than 35, or are obese, have a higher risk for blood clots after childbirth. Still, blood clots can happen to anyone, so it’s essential to recognize the emergency signs.

Get emergency care if you experience any of the following:

  • A red or swollen leg that’s painful or warm to the touch
  • Coughing or gasping for air
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath

The birth of a child is an exciting time in your family’s life, but it’s crucial not to lose sight of your health. If you feel like something is wrong, don’t delay. Instead, trust your instincts and seek medical help.

Altus Emergency Centers is closer than ever, with four convenient locations in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie. All our sites are available 24/7 to help you get through any postpartum emergencies.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

altus emergency 24 hr ER Texas

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top-of-the-line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts 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.

Men’s Health Month – Get Dad Healthy!

It’s Men’s Health Month!

4 Tips to Keep Dad Healthy

Men’s Health Month we celebrate men, so a big shout-out to all the dads, grandpas, hubbies, brothers, and father figures in our lives! Time to get dad healthy and keep him that way!

We all know this month we celebrate Father’s Day, but did you know that June is also Men’s Health Education and Awareness Month?  This is perfect timing to consider that the best father’s day gift is Good Health!

This observance is celebrated to raise men’s health awareness and encourage men of all ages to work together with their families to adopt a better lifestyle that includes exercise and healthy eating habits.

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The most common diseases affect both men and women, however, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women on average live five years more than men. While this is not great news for the guys, the male life expectancy gap improved from 1979 when women on average lived 7.8 years longer than men; however, male life expectancy has decreased in the last two years.

Men are now living longer in part because of the efforts to raise awareness about healthcare. Most men don’t like to talk about or acknowledge their health problems, this is mostly due to social stigma; sadly men have been made to feel ashamed for being ill, and it is because of this that most men don’t get regular checkups.

It is essential for both men and women to get regular checkups, as these aid in early detection of the leading causes of death in America, such as:

  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases
  • Cerebrovascular Diseases (Stroke)
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease
  • Influenza and Pneumonia
  • Chronic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis
  • Hypertension

Men’s Health has come a long way in the last 40 years, we have increased male life expectancy, and improved diagnostic tests, and treatments, but we can do more.

For this reason, the staff of Altus Emergency Centers wants to help dads live longer, healthier lives. We are already committed to saving the lives of those who visit our centers, but, as always prevention is the best medicine, so follow our helpful tips to improve your health and that of the extraordinary men in your life.

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Protect Your Heart

Heart Disease is the number one reason men die in this country, luckily, there are simple ways to strengthen and improve your heart’s function, the most important one is diet.

Improving the way we eat, will help keep our hearts healthy, and you don’t need to give up all your favorite foods, but you should reduce the amount of saturated fat you consume, lower your sodium intake, and add more vegetables, and fruits to your diet. When serving, remember fruits and vegetables should be half of the plate.

You’ve Got to Move it, Move it!

Most guys think exercise should be intense workouts with heavy weights. We won’t discourage this type of training, but, it is not necessary to be healthier. Just 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise a day is enough to help you live longer and improve your quality of life as you age.

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Be Proactive

Think about how you take care of your car, you know preventive maintenance is essential, that is why you regularly change the oil, you change the brake pads, and rotate the tires, right? So why won’t you do the same for you? Don’t wait until you are feeling sick to visit your doctor, be proactive and take care of yourself; regular medical checkups can catch small problems before they become big ones.

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Talk it Out

Life can be overwhelming sometimes, and just because you are a guy doesn’t mean you have to be tough and brave all the time. Emotional stress hurts our health and can take years off our lives; therefore, it’s not only ok to seek help, but it is also needed. So, talk to your partner, talk to a friend, or find a therapist who can help you deal with emotional issues.

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Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

altus emergency 24 hr ER Texas

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to 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.

Explanation of Benefits. What You Need to Know

Understanding the Explanation of Benefits

If you’ve been to the doctor or the ER recently and used your health insurance to help pay for the treatment, then you can expect to receive an Explanation of Benefits in the mail soon. But, what is this document, what should you do when you get it, and why is it important?

What do you need to know

What is an Explanation of Benefits?

Simply put, an Explanation of Benefits (EOB), is a notification to let you know when your health care benefits claim has been processed by your insurance company.

It’s important to understand that an explanation of benefits is not a health care bill. The EOB will detail the expenses that were submitted by the healthcare provider (doctor, hospital, ER, urgent care center, etc.) and lets you know how the claim was processed.

What do you need to know

What Information Does Your EOB Include?

There is no standard format for an explanation of benefits, however, most include three main sections:

  • Total of Claim or Claims: Your EOB might contain more than one claim. The notification will highlight all the financial information about each claim, including:
    • Total Amount Billed by the Healthcare Provider
    • Total Benefits Approved by the Insurance Company Based on Your Plan Coverage
    • Any Amount Owed to the Healthcare Provider
  • Service Detail: Here you will find a list of all the services you or your dependent received from the healthcare provider. This section should include:
    • The Name of the Doctor or Facility You Attended
    • Date of Services
    • Date of Charges – Both Billed and Allowed

Some Insurance Companies Display any Additional Savings that Your Plan Provides Such as Provider Discounts and Other Deductions

Summary: This Will Show You a Clear Picture of Your Deductible, Copays, And Health Spending Accounts if Applicable.

Additional information regarding amounts not covered, and out-of-pocket expenses might also be included.

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What Should You Do When You Receive an EOB?

Your explanation of benefits is an essential record of claims for any medical services and benefit coverage, and you should hold on to it for at least 18 months, preferably two years in case any questions or disputes arise from about your claim or your bill.

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What Do You Need to Check on Your Explanation of Benefits?

When you first receive your EOB, you should carefully check the information it contains, and pay close attention to the following:

  • Make sure your personal information is correct if not, it could be a simple mistake, but in the worst-case scenario it could be someone trying to use your identity
  • Ensure you are not being billed for a service you did not receive. If your EOB contains more than one claim, make sure you are not being charged twice for the same service.
  • Make sure which doctor or health care provider submitted the claim and cross check it with your records to make sure there are no mistakes.
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What Happens if the Insurance Company Doesn’t Pay the Whole Amount?

If your healthcare plan doesn’t cover the whole amount of the services you received, then the health care provider will send you a bill for the amount owed.

You do not have to pay anything until you receive the bill, and never pay more than the amount the explanation of benefits says you owe. If you are billed more than what the EOB says, you should contact your insurance company immediately, so they can investigate this matter.

If your insurance company didn’t pay anything, find out why, it could be that you have not met your annual deductible, but, it could also be a mistake on their part, if that is the case you need to submit an appeal.

 

Altus Emergency Centers has focused its efforts on helping people better understand their insurance plans and how our billing works. If you have any questions regarding your billing, please don’t hesitate to call our Patient Advocate Department, it will be our pleasure to assist you.

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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.

Summer Outdoor Safety – Tips to Enjoy the Great Outdoors!

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Summer is finally here, if you needed an excuse to spend more time outdoors, then look no further, June is Great Outdoors Month and National Camping Month, imagine all the fun you can have during these long sunny days.

Camping is one of the best ways to enjoy nature; there is no better feeling than to sit around a campfire, telling stories, singing, roasting marshmallows, and sleeping under the stars with your favorite people, be it your family or a group of friends.

As fun as being outdoors is, spending too much time in the sun can carry serious consequences.  At Altus Emergency Centers, we have selected a few summer outdoor safety rules to help you enjoy the best of summer without regrets.

To avoid ruining your fun activities, follow our summer outdoor safety tips!

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How to Stay Safe When Out Camping

To ensure your camping trip is a memorable experience for all the right reasons remember to:

  • Never build your campfire under low trees or branches, never leave a campfire unattended, and always put out the flame before going to bed.
  • Don’t approach wild animals, don’t try to feed them, and never disturb them while they are sleeping or eating. Stay away from mothers and their babies.
  • Keep your food in airtight containers, and your camp as clean as possible to avoid attracting wild animals.
  • Separate raw foods some cooked foods. Cook foods to proper temperatures and chill any leftovers promptly.
  • – Wear bug spray.
  • Watch out for poisonous plants; we recommend you do some research about the possible poisonous plants around your camping area, make sure everyone in your family knows how to recognize them.
  • Take a first aid kit that includes: band-aids and bandages, cotton swabs, sterile gauze pads, antibiotic cream, sunburn ointment, aspirin or ibuprofen, eye drops, thermometer, antibiotic soap, tweezers, small pair of scissors, heat, and cold packs, first aid manual, eye drops, as well as snake bite kit.
  • Keep a list of medications, allergies, and medical conditions for each person going on our camping trip. Make sure to include the contact information of their doctors and the nearest Altus Emergency Center.
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Enjoy Your Water Activities to the Fullest

Whether you are planning to go fishing, boating, paddle boarding, tubing, water skiing, swimming, surfing, or kayaking, water safety measures should always be your priority.

  • Don’t go into the water alone, it is best to enjoy any water sport or activity with someone else, not only is it more fun, they can help you if you have an accident.
  • – Regardless of how good a swimmer you are, always wear a lifejacket while out at sea, lakes, or rivers.
  • Check the weather forecast before you venture out; paddlers should pay attention to wind and fog conditions near shore, surfers and swimmers need to be vigilant of rip currents. If you are going fishing or just taking a boat ride in open waters, you need to be cautious of strong winds, and rough seas as your boat could capsize.
  • Protect your skin, wear plenty of waterproof sunscreens, and reapply often.
  • – If you know you are going to be in cold waters, consider wearing a wetsuit. Water temperatures as warm as 75° – 80°F can pose a risk for hypothermia.
  • Label your gear with emergency contact information and any medical conditions or allergies you may have.
  • Always supervise children who are in or around bodies of water.
  • – Water sports and alcohol are not good partners. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water or sports drinks but avoid alcoholic beverages.
The long days of summer are meant to be enjoyed outdoors, plan your vacation with plenty of time, take as many precautions as you can and remember Altus Emergency Centers are always close by to help you in case of an accident.
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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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