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Altus Emergency Waxahachie Scholarship 2022

Altus Emergency Waxahachie Scholarship 2022

Altus Emergency Center in Waxahachie is happy to announce our new scholarship!

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

 

Scholarship Awards

Altus Emergency Waxahachie will award a total of $2000 in scholarships as a one-time payment.  Please read the requirements and fill in the application form below to apply.

 

Requirements

  • All applicants must be residents of Ellis County.
  • Eligible applicants need to be students pursuing a degree in healthcare
  • Graduate from public or private high school or home school
  • Accepted to a 4-year University, Nursing school, Community College, or Trade School
  • GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Community Service/ Civic involvement

 

Selection Process

The application deadline is March 31st, 2022. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Applicants must complete and submit the application form directly from our website.
  • Winners will be selected in April 2022 by a review panel appointed by the management of Altus ER Waxahachie
  • The official announcement of the winners, check award, and photo session will be in May 2022.

Consent for Marketing and Media Activities

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

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Legal Disclaimer

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

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

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

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!

Altus ER Baytown Scholarship 2022

Altus ER Baytown Scholarship 2022

Altus Emergency Center Baytown is happy to announce our new scholarship!

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

 

Scholarship Awards

Altus ER Baytown will award three (3) scholarships as a one-time payment:

  • One (1) $1000 scholarship
  • Two (2) $500 scholarships

 Please read the requirements and fill in the application form below to apply.

 

Requirements

  • All applicants must be residents of Baytown and surrounding communities.
  • Eligible applicants need to be students pursuing a degree in healthcare
  • Graduate from public or private high school or home school
  • Accepted to a 4-year University, Nursing school, Community College, or Trade School
  • GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Community Service/ Civic involvement

 

Selection Process

The application deadline is March 31st, 2022. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Applicants must complete and submit the application form directly from our website.
  • Winners will be selected in April 2022 by a review panel appointed by the management of Altus Emergency Center Baytown
  • The official announcement of the winners, check award, and photo session will be in May 2022.

Consent for Marketing and Media Activities

Altus ER Baytown Scholarship 2022 recipients must provide explicit authorization for their name and image to be shared in Altus Emergency communications. Recipient names and pictures can appear on a variety of marketing channels, which include but are not limited to media interviews, blog posts, printed material, and social media content.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Legal Disclaimer

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

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

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

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!

Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Scholarship 2022

Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Scholarship 2022

Altus Emergency Center in Lake Jackson is happy to announce our new scholarship! 

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

 

Scholarship Awards

Altus Emergency Lake Jackson will award four (4) scholarships as a one-time payment, each for $500.  Please read the requirements and fill in the application form below to apply.

 

Requirements

  • All applicants must be residents of Brazoria county.
  • Eligible applicants need to be students pursuing a degree in healthcare
  • Graduate from public or private high school or home school
  • Accepted to a 4-year University, Nursing school, Community College, or Trade School
  • GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Community Service/ Civic involvement

 

Selection Process

The application deadline is March 31st, 2022. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Applicants must complete and submit the application form directly from our website.
  • Winners will be selected in April 2022 by a review panel appointed by the management of Altus ER Lake Jackson
  • The official announcement of the winners, check award, and photo session will be in May 2022.

Consent for Marketing and Media Activities

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

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Legal Disclaimer

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

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

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

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!

Never Fear a Surprise Bill Again!

Never Fear a Surprise Bill Again!

As the new year rolls in, the “No Surprises Act” consumer protection law will go into effect. This legislation bans most unexpected medical charges from out-of-network providers.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are thrilled about this news and applaud lawmakers’ efforts to protect patients from unfair charges.

As you all know, at Altus, we implemented a no surprise bill policy more than a year ago. Since then, none of our patients have received a surprise.

However, no matter how hard we try, we cannot control everything the insurance companies do. Unfortunately, some of them have unlawfully tried to charge patients for emergency services.

We want to help you know what to do in these cases, so you never have to fear getting the medical treatment you need.

What is a Surprise Bill?

A surprise medical bill is when you unknowingly receive medical care from a provider outside your private insurer network. For example, in many hospitals and emergency rooms, the specialists who treat patients are not employees but contractors who charge their fees separately. As a patient, you are not aware of this, which is why many people receive a bill they were not expecting after going to the ER.

What Will the Surprise Medical Bill Protections Do for You?

The protections will work similarly to those established by the state of Texas. The new federal rules will apply to all private insurers, even those provided through the Affordable Care Act.

With this new law, you should not receive a surprise medical bill from the following scenarios:

  • When you get treated at the ER
  • Air ambulance services (airplane or helicopter)

Insurance companies must also provide the same coverage regardless of whether you receive medical attention at an in-network or out-of-network facility.

The Law Has Always Been On Your Side

In a perfect world, your insurance company would be your best friend, always looking out for your best interest. But the reality is that insurers increasingly deny coverage for your emergency care.

If this should ever happen to you, please reach out to our Patient Advocate; we can help you get the coverage you are entitled to.

You should know that even before the “No Surprises Act” existed, the law already protected you through the Prudent Layperson Standard. This standard says that YOU get to decide when and where you seek emergency care based on your symptoms.

Your insurance company cannot force you to go to an in-network ER. They are also not allowed to determine if your symptoms were those of a medical emergency or not.

In other words, if you feel you are having a medical emergency and need to go to the ER, your insurance provider is legally obligated to cover your care.

Recent Updates on the No Surprises Bill As Per the CMS and What It Means to You

Recently, as per the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS.gov, the provider and facility requirements that apply starting January 1st consist in the following:

  • No balance billing for out-of-network emergency services
  • No balance billing for non-emergency services by nonparticipating providers at certain participating health care facilities, unless notice and consent was given in some circumstances
  • Disclose patient protections against balance billing
  • No balance billing for air ambulance services by nonparticipating air ambulance providers
  • Provide good faith estimate in advance of scheduled services, or upon request (for uninsured or self-pay individuals)
  • Ensure continuity of care when a provider’s network status changes
  • Improve provider directories and reimburse enrollees for errors

Find out more information on the background & purpose of the No Surprises Act of Division BB of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) amended title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) to add a new Part E through reading the High-Level Overview of Provider Requirements.

What to Do If You Receive a Surprise Bill

Here at Altus, you will never have a surprise bill!

All services provided at our facilities, including specialists and other ancillary services, will show in the invoice we provide you after your visit. Because we directly employ all our doctors, you will never see a big bill from us.

Should you ever receive a surprise bill from your insurance company after visiting one of our centers, please contact our Patient Advocate immediately.

If you have any questions about the Surprise Bill Act, please feel to call us at: 409-227-0536.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

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!

New Year’s Resolutions – Begin 2022 Off Healthy

New Year’s Resolutions Week – Begin 2022 Off Healthy

At the start of every year, we vow to become a better version of ourselves by setting our New Year’s resolutions.

This tradition may seem silly to some of us. Still, the truth is that incorporating more healthy habits into our everyday life will help us live a longer, healthier, and more enjoyable life.

We all want to improve ourselves but may feel a little at a loss when it comes to living healthier, and that is ok. So, we’ve put together these tips to help you set realistic goals and help you get started on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

Get More Quality Sleep

Adults need seven or more hours of sleep per night to be healthy. Yet, according to the CDC, more than a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep regularly.

Getting enough sleep has a direct impact on our daily lives. When you don’t sleep well or sleep too little, you may find it harder to concentrate. You may also fall asleep while at work or driving, increasing your risk of serious accidents and injury.

Additionally, research shows that people who regularly get less than 7 hours of sleep a night have a higher risk of developing chronic medical conditions, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Mental illness, including depression and anxiety

How to Improve the Quantity and Quality of Your Sleep

Here are some tips to help you rock the first of your New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Go to bed at the same time every night
  • Avoid taking caffeinated drinks in the late afternoon or evening (this includes coffee and caffeinated soft drinks)
  • Turn off your TV and don’t use any electronic devices, including computers, TV, cell phones, video games, and tablets, at least one hour before bedtime

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Become More Organized

Whether you are rushing to drop or pick up your kids from school or extracurricular activities, going to work, grocery shopping, doing house chores, exercising, and caring for family members and pets, your day is busy.

The more hectic your schedule, the more likely you are to prioritize productivity over safety. But, unfortunately, all this running around can lead to physical and emotional burnout, a weakened immune system, and an increased risk of accidental injury.

To avoid this, plan your days, so you have plenty of time to get everything done. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and remember it’s ok and sometimes necessary to say no once in a while.

Make Better Food Choices

If you are trying to lose weight, avoid crash diets and diet pills, these will do more harm to your health than you can imagine.

Making healthier food choices can improve your energy levels and help strengthen your immune system.

You don’t need to make drastic changes all at once. Instead, start with small things like:

  • cutting down on sugary drinks and over-processed food
  • Add more veggies and fruits to your daily meals
  • Drink more water and less soda
  • Add more fiber by eating whole wheat bread and crackers
  • Choose leaner cuts of meat

Remember to be mindful of your serving portions. Eat enough to feel satisfied but not overly full. Over time, you will feel more energized, and you may drop a few pounds as well.

Know Where to Go in Case of An Emergency

An emergency can happen when you least expect it. But, when it does, it’s important to know where to go.

Make sure to create a list of emergency phone numbers, including your doctor, emergency services, and Altus Emergency Centers. Put the list in a visible and easily accessible place within your home. Then, teach your kids how to dial the numbers and give directions to your home if necessary.

Altus Emergency Centers offers four convenient locations in Lumberton, Baytown, Waxahachie, and Lake Jackson.

Our qualified medical staff and state-of-the-art facilities are open 24/7 every day of the year.

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!

Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know

What You Need to Know About the Omicron Variant

The coronavirus is still among us, and new variants continue to appear. For example, the Omicron variant, identified in late November, is now the dominant strain here in the U.S., accounting for more than 73% of nationwide cases.

According to the CDC, Omicron is responsible for up to 90% of new COVID-19 cases in some parts of the country.

Will There Be More SARS-CoV-2 Variants?

Yes. The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is constantly changing and mutating its genetic code. As a result, experts expect new variants of SARS-CoV-2 to continue to emerge.

Some variants will quickly disappear, while others will emerge and continue to spread, becoming what is known as a variant of concern.

What Is a Variant of Concern?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a variant of concern as a mutation that can:

  • Spread more easily
  • Cause more severe illness
  • Antibodies from previous infections or acquired from vaccination are not as effective in combating the new variant
  • Current treatments are not as effective against the new variant

Read more about COVID-19 variants, what you need to know.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Is Omicron the Only Variant in the United States Right Now?

Unfortunately, no. While Omicron is spreading faster than any other variant we’ve had in the past, different variants are still circulating.

Although Omicron is the dominant strain of the virus right now, the Delta variant (previously the dominant variant) still accounts for more than 26% of COVID-19 illnesses.

Is Omicron More Severe?

The scientific community continues to study the Omicron variant. As a result, much remains unknown, including if it causes more or less severe illness.

Early studies suggest that current vaccines offer protection against severe illness and death. However, those fully vaccinated will need a booster shot to increase their defenses and avoid Omicron infection.

Who Is Most Affected by Omicron?

Omicron spreads faster than other variants and can infect anyone. However, we’ve seen a significant increase in children testing positive for the new variant in the last weeks.

To put this in perspective, children accounted for 17.3% of total cases since the pandemic began. For the week ending on December 16th, 23.7% of weekly reported COVID-19 cases were children 18 or younger.

More concerning is the fact that pediatric hospitalizations for COVID-19 are surging, with close to 800 new daily admissions.

Public health officials are especially concerned about small children aged five and younger who are not eligible for the vaccine against COVID-19.

Early reports from South Africa and the United Kingdom show a bump in hospital admissions for that age group. And although we don’t know for sure if this trend will continue in America, extra precautions to safeguard young children from infection need to take place.

Can I Get Omicron if I’ve Already Had COVID-19 or I’m Vaccinated?

Yes, you can get infected with Omicron even if you have antibodies from a previous COVID-19 infection or if you have been vaccinated.

There are several reasons for this. First, the vaccines reduce your risk of developing severe illness and reduce your risk of dying from COVID-19, but they don’t prevent infections.

Aside from this, the new variant Omicron has more mutations than previous strains, making it easier for it to bypass your system’s antibodies.

What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family From Omicron

The protection measures against Omicron are the same recommended for other variants and include:

  • Continue to wear a mask when out in public
  • Do your best to keep a physical distance of at least 6-feet when out
  • Constantly ventilate rooms when you are indoors
  • Continue to wash your hands regularly
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing in front of others. Remember to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Get vaccinated if you haven’t
  • Get your booster shot if you are eligible
  • If you believe that you have COVID, get tested

When to Seek Immediate Emergency Care

According to the CDC, seek emergency medical care immediately if you or someone you know experiences any of the following:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

Please keep in mind that this list is not the complete list of warning signs, please seek immediate medical care if you experience other severe symptoms. It is advisable to call ahead or check-in online.

While Omicron seems to cause less severe illness in most patients, it continues to be a threat for vulnerable groups. Because of this, we should all do our part to help keep our community safe.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we continue to work hard to provide the best care for our patients even during these challenging times. Remember, we are safe, fast and always open for you and your family when you most need it.

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!

Impaired Driving Dangers and Prevention

Impaired Driving Dangers and Prevention

Impaired driving dangers are a serious reality that take precious lives each year.  They are time-sensitive emergencies that can be prevented.  Lives can be saved.  Let’s get to know about this topic and please help us create awareness to help save lives.  In an average year, 30 million Americans get behind the wheel of a car while drunk, while an estimated 10 million drive while under the influence of an illicit drug.

This year has been anything but average. This year more of us have turned to alcohol to help us cope with the pandemic’s challenges.

This surge in alcohol consumption is concerning because it increases the number of fatal accidents, especially during the Holiday Season.

The Real Cost of Impaired Driving in America

Aside from the $44 billion annual costs of alcohol-related crashes, the most significant loss is human lives.

An estimated 29 Americans die in motor vehicle crashes involving an impaired driver every day. This translates to one death every 50 minutes.  Due to these alarming statistics, we are bringing you the Impaired Driving Dangers and Prevention.  Together, we can prevent traffic accidents.

Never forget that under Texas Law, Insurance Companies Must Cover ER Trips Involving Traffic Accidents.

Impaired driving does not necessarily mean drunk driving; it also involves distracted driving and drugged driving. In fact, drugs, both legal and illegal, are involved in about 16% of car crashes.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Dangers of Impaired Driving

Get to know about the impaired driving dangers to help prevent a tragedy.  Any amount of alcohol or drugs can significantly impact our ability to drive. Here are several ways in which drugs and alcohol can influence our driving capabilities:

Slow Reaction Time

When we are under the influence or otherwise distracted while driving, our reaction time decreases. A slower response time makes it harder to avoid obstacles such as pedestrians crossing a street and breaking on time to avoid crashing into another car.

Lack of Coordination

Drinking alcohol or taking drugs affects our motor skills, specifically our eye, hand, and foot coordination. These motor skills are vital when driving. Without these crucial coordination skills, we may not be able to avoid harmful situations.

Reduced Concentration

Driving requires concentration. Anything that causes us to become distracted while driving, including alcohol and drug consumption, can significantly increase our risk of being involved in a serious car crash.

Slow Reaction Time

When we are under the influence or otherwise distracted while driving, our reaction time decreases. A slower response time makes it harder to avoid obstacles such as pedestrians crossing a street and breaking on time to avoid crashing into another car.

Lack of Coordination

Drinking alcohol or taking drugs affects our motor skills, specifically our eye, hand, and foot coordination. These motor skills are vital when driving. Without these crucial coordination skills, we may not be able to avoid harmful situations.

Reduced Concentration

Driving requires concentration. Anything that causes us to become distracted while driving, including alcohol and drug consumption, can significantly increase our risk of being involved in a serious car crash.

Decreased Vision

Alcohol impairs our vision. After a few drinks, you may notice your vision becomes a little blurred. Impaired vision affects our ability to judge the distance between our car and other vehicles or obstacles on the road.

Most Common Impaired Driving Injuries

Thankfully, not all impaired driving-related accidents are fatal; however, they can still cause severe injuries, including:

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can result in partial or complete paralysis. Recovery depends on many factors, such as the extent of the damage and how long it takes a patient to receive treatment. Unfortunately, for many patients, the outcome is permanent.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injury is widespread among crash victims. Severe trauma to the brain can have devastating effects on a person. Traumatic brain injuries can cause changes in a person’s memory, their ability to reason, and their emotional behavior. Additionally, they can result in loss of vision, hearing, and taste,

Severe traumatic brain injuries can result in life-long disabilities.

Internal Injuries

The force of impact can cause internal injuries, including organ damage that can be life-threatening and require immediate emergency medical care.

Organs such as the lungs, kidneys, liver, and spleen are the most common internal organs injured during a car crash.

Orthopedic Injuries

Broken bones are common injuries associated with impaired driving-related incidents. Injury severity varies; some patients will only require a cast while others may lose a limb.

Soft Tissue Injuries

The impact during a crash can cause damage to ligaments, tendons, and muscles. When the injury occurs in a victim’s neck, back, or shoulder, it can limit their ability to move and may result in long-term chronic pain.

Burns

Suppose the crash is severe enough to cause one or more of the vehicles to catch fire. In that case, victims may suffer severe burns that may result in permanent disfigurement and scarring. Burn victims also have an increased risk of infection while healing.

Prevention

The only way to prevent an impaired driving-related accident is not to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If you plan to drink, make arrangements ahead of time. Either select a designated driver or choose to use a ride-sharing service instead of driving yourself.

Getting Prompt Medical Attention Can Help Save A Life

According to the CDC for every person killed in a road accident,

“8 were hospitalized, and 100 were treated and released from the Emergency Room.”

Anyone who is involved in a severe motor vehicle accident should be taken to the nearest Emergency Room for evaluation, given that some injuries can only be diagnosed with advanced imagining technology.

During a crash, victims might have suffered internal injuries or head trauma that if not treated promptly can lead to long-term disabilities or even death.

Some injuries are more time-sensitive than others, in these cases it is better to transfer the patient to a Free-Standing ER facility such as any of the Altus Emergency Centers where they can be treated by a licensed emergency physician right away, rather than transport them to a Hospital ER where their treatment might be delayed due to overcrowding issues.

It’s important to remember that insurance companies are obligated to offer emergency room coverage in their policies. If you are involved in a car accident and need to go to the emergency room, your insurance policy will cover your visit.

Altus Emergency Centers wishes everyone a Happy and Safe New Year. Stay home if you can, and please don’t drink and drive.

As always, we remain open during the New Year Celebration to help with any medical emergencies.

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!

Winter Respiratory Illnesses

Winter Respiratory Illnesses

Prevention, Symptoms & When to Go to the ER

There is always an increase in respiratory illnesses during the winter months, including colds, flu, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

The cold, dry air can weaken our immune system and drive people to stay indoors more, making it easier for viruses to spread.

If you find yourself sneezing and coughing in the coming months, how do you know if you have a cold or a more severe illness?

Let’s look at the most common illnesses we will experience during winter

Colds

Many types of viruses can cause this upper respiratory infection. While you can get a cold at any time during the year, they are more frequent during colder months.

Symptoms are typically mild and pass within a week or ten days. So, most people don’t need medical attention when they have a cold. However, if you notice your symptoms are not improving or are getting worse, it’s wise to speak to a doctor.

Cold Symptoms

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Mild body aches or headache
  • Slight fever
  • A general feeling of being unwell

 

When to Seek Medical Attention

You should see your doctor if you have one or more of the following:

  • Symptoms that last 3-5 days
  • Severe or unusual symptoms
  • If your baby is under 3-months of age and has a fever or is lethargic

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

The Flu

Experts expect this flu season to be more severe than in previous years. The reason is that during last year’s lockdown, with the increased safety measures, including masks and physical distancing, more people avoided getting the flu. And most did not get their annual flu shot which helps our immune system combat the influenza virus.

Flu Statistics

Last year was an atypical flu season, with less than 2,000 cases reported. But during the 2019-2020 flu season:

  • There were an estimated 18-26 million doctor visits due to flu symptoms
  • Between 410,000 and 740,000 Americans were hospitalized with the flu
  • And anywhere from 24,000 to 62,000 died from the illness

Symptoms

Flu symptoms are similar to those of a cold but are generally more severe and develop faster

  • Muscle or body aches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Fever, feeling feverish or having chills (not everyone gets a fever)
  • Some, especially children, may experience vomiting and diarrhea
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Complications from the Flu

Most people recover from the flu within one or two weeks. However, some can develop complications that range from moderate to life-threatening and include:

  • Sinus and ear infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma flare-ups
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (the condition is life-threatening)
  • Inflammation of the heart, brain, or muscles
  • Secondary infections
  • Multi-organ failure

When to Go to the ER

Should you experience any of the following emergency warning signs of the flu, please rush to the nearest ER:

Warning Signs in Children:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Unable to eat
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • They don’t have tears when crying
  • Being unusually irritable
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with a fever and a worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

 

Warning Signs in Adults:

  • Having shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Confusion
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with a fever and a worse cough

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

This common and highly contagious respiratory virus usually has mild cold-like symptoms. Those who get it typically recover within a week or two.

However, the illness can be serious for infants and older adults. As a matter of fact, RSV is the leading cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) in children under the age of one.

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Symptoms

  • Runny nose
  • Coughing – with yellow, green, or gray mucus
  • Sneezing
  • Trouble breathing or pauses in their breaths
  • Wheezing
  • Fever
  • Lack of appetite
  • Signs of dehydration (no tears, little or no urine, cool, dry skin)

 

When to Go to The ER

Please call 911 and get immediate medical attention if your child has one or more of the following:

  • Has trouble breathing or very fast breathing
  • Their lips or fingernails have a bluish tint

COVID-19

Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still among us. And winter seems to bring out the worst of the coronavirus.

We are still dealing with the effects of the Delta variant, and now we have the looming shadow of the Omicron variant.

Omicron is a concern because of the number of mutations the virus has. While there is still much we need to learn from this new variant, this is what we know so far:

  • The Omicron variant likely will spread more quickly than the original SARS-CoV-2
  • There is insufficient data to know if omicron infection, reinfections, and breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated can cause more severe illness or death than previous variants
  • Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness and hospitalizations, and deaths from omicron infections
  • Some COVID-19 treatments are likely to remain effective, while others may be less effective

The good news is that when it comes to COVID-19, what we do has great significance in the future. So, if you haven’t received the vaccine, please do; this will reduce the risk of developing severe illness, long-term complications, or death.

Preventing Respiratory Illnesses

Because most respiratory illnesses are viral, the same prevention tips apply to all:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Keep a physical distance of at least 6-feet when in public
  • Wear a mask
  • Get vaccinated – You can have the COVID-19 and Flu vaccines at the same time-
  • If you are feeling unwell, stay home. Please don’t send your children to school when they have cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Avoid being near people who are sick

 

Altus Emergency Centers offer four convenient locations in Lumberton, Baytown, Waxahachie, and Lake Jackson. Our experienced staff is available around the clock to treat all respiratory illness emergencies.

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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!

Choosing Safe Toys During The Holiday Season

This Year Give the Gift of Safe Toys

Get to know the best tips to give the gift of safe toys this Christmas and beyond! If you have a child in your life, then you know that watching kids open their presents on Christmas morning is the best part of the holidays.

Toys are an important aspect of child development. Not only do they entertain, some can also help children develop their motor skills, and learn new things.

Sadly, not all toys are safe or age-appropriate, and this can lead to injuries. The most recent report by The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) revealed that in 2020:

  • There were more than 198,000 toy-related injuries treated in emergency rooms across the country
  • Kids under the age of 15 sustained most injuries (75%)
  • The head/face areas were the most injured body parts, followed by arms and legs
  • The most common toy-related injuries were lacerations (cuts), followed by contusions/abrasions, and fractures
  • Non-motorized scooters and toy balls were the top toy categories associated with toy-related injuries
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Toy Safety Guidelines

The CPSC monitors and regulates any toy made in or imported into the country. Since 1995 all toys must follow the Consumer Product Safety Commission standards which include:

  • The fabric used to make toys must be flame resistant or flame retardant
  • The paint used in toys must be lead-free
  • Stuffed toys and dolls should be washable
  • Art supplies including crayons and colors need to be labeled as non-toxic and say ASTM D-4236 on the package to guarantee the American Society for Testing and Materials has evaluated them

 

Even though regulations are in place to try and make toys safe for kids, there is still a lot we can do to prevent injuries.

When shopping for toys for your little ones, consider the following:

  • Ask yourself if the toys are suitable for the age, abilities, skills, and interests of your child. Check the manufacturer’s label, if it’s not recommended for your kid’s age, don’t buy it!
  • Toys should be large enough to prevent them from being swallowed or lodged in the windpipe. A good line is to avoid any toys that have parts smaller than 1¼ inches in diameter and 2¼inches in length
  • Avoid giving marbles, or games with coins, chips, or balls that are less than 1.75 inches in diameter, as they can become lodged in the throat above the windpipe and make breathing difficult
  • If you are gifting a battery-operated toy to a toddler, make sure the battery case has screws to prevent kids from prying them open. Batteries and battery fluid can cause serious injuries, including chemical burns, choking, and internal bleeding
  • If your gift consists of Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or inline skates, remember to also get the appropriate safety gear including helmets, as well as hand, wrist, and shin guards
safe toys for small children

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Toy-Related Injuries That Need ER Care

Not every scrape or bruise will merit a trip to one of our ER centers. However, it’s always good to know when an injury does require ER care.

Bring your child in when:

  • They fell and hit their head hard. If they show signs of a concussion, you should bring them in for an evaluation
  • When they have a small toy part lodged in their nostrils or windpipe. Don’t delay if you notice the child has trouble breathing
  • It looks like they might have broken a bone

 

This Holiday Season do your best to give the gift of safety to your loved ones. However, if your little ones get a little carried away with excitement and  get hurt, you don’t need to worry.

Just remember all our centers offer specialized pediatric emergency care, and we will be open 24/7 during the holidays.

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 Common Thanksgiving Injuries

Preventing Common Thanksgiving Injuries

Thanksgiving is the official start of the Holiday Season. This American holiday is the perfect excuse to spend time with your family and friends.  Let’s take some time to prepare a safe and happy time with our friends and family by preventing common Thanksgiving injuries.

At Altus Emergency Centers we are always looking for ways to keep you and your loved ones safe in whatever you do, whether you are cooking a feast, carving the turkey, or tackling your siblings and friends at the annual family football game, safety is critical!

Injury Prevention Tips

Thanksgiving day is a busy day for the entire family. Having a plan well in advance can help reduce stress levels and prevent accidents.

Here are a few tips to keep you out of our ER’s this Thanksgiving Day!  Please take the time to share them with your friends and family so we may all do our part in preventing common Thanksgiving injuries.

Preventing Injuries in The Kitchen

 

  • Some turkeys are massive, so remember to lift with your legs, not your back!
  • When taking the turkey out of the oven, make sure you have cleared a space to place it, so you don’t have to scramble with a hot turkey pan while you find a place to set it
  • Keep pot handles away from the edge of the stove to prevent accidentally knocking pots over
  • Use potholders when checking the turkey and only grab pots and pans by their handles
  • Keep a fire extinguisher close to the kitchen just in case something catches fire
Preventing Common Thanksgiving Injuries in the Kitchen

Preventing Sports Injuries

 

If part of your Thanksgiving tradition involves a friendly game of flag football, then you need to be extra careful.

In the best-case scenario, you will end up a little sore from the physical exertion; in the worst case you could end up in one of our ER’s with an ankle injury, a hand or knee sprain, or even a broken bone. To prevent this, it’s a good idea to:

  • Start working out before your annual game; even some gentle physical activity can prepare your body and help prevent injuries
  • Avoid tackle football, instead convince your playmates to go for a friendly game of tag or flag football
  • Wear appropriate clothes and shoes
  • Warm-up with some jumping jacks, a little jog, and always remember to stretch before and after a workout
  • Don’t play sports if you have been drinking
  • If you feel pain, stop playing. If the pain is severe come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for evaluation
Preventing Common Thanksgiving Injuries Playing Sports

Preventing Carving Injuries

 

These simple knife tips will help keep all your fingers intact this year:

  • Focus on what you are doing don’t let anyone distract you while slicing food
  • Don’t rush, take your time while carving the turkey, or ham. Also don’t hurry your knife work when you are preparing the dishes
  • Make sure your knife is sharp, most accidents happen when using blunt or dull knives
  • Place the cutting board or plate on a non-slip surface to anchor it. Never try carving a turkey on a slippery surface
Preventing Common Thanksgiving Injuries Cutting

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Preventing Alcohol-Related Injuries

 

It’s okay to want to have a good time in the company of friends and family, but remember to drink responsibly.

  • If you are taking any medications, speak to your doctor to see if there could be any negative side-effects from mixing your meds with alcohol
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Drunk driving accidents peak during the Holiday Season – protect yourself and plan ahead
Preventing Common Thanksgiving Injuries Prevent Alcohol Poisoning Drunk Driving

Altus Emergency Centers would like to remind you that you are the reason someone is thankful this year. Do everyone a favor, and stay safe this Thanksgiving, this way we can all have even more to be grateful for!

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 ready to help you get 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, 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 for the 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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