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Living with COPD – Risks, Complications & When to go to the ER

Living with COPD – Risks, Complications & When to go to the ER

Breathing is something we rarely think about, except when it’s hard to do. Unfortunately, breathing can be a daily struggle for more than 16 million Americans living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

What is COPD?

As its name suggests, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that makes it hard to breathe (Source: medlineplus.gov).

There are two common forms of COPD:

  • Chronic Bronchitis: This form of the disease includes a long-term cough with mucus
  • Emphysema: This disease slowly causes damage to the lungs 

Most COPD patients have a combination of both conditions.

Another disease considered to be COPD is:

  • Refractory Asthma:  “A severe form of asthma, which is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes the airways to swell, become narrow, and produce extra mucus”, source: Diseaseresearchinfo.org

 

COPD Statistics In the United States

COPD is widespread in the United States, according to the latest report, there are:

  • 16 million adults living with a diagnosis of COPD
  • There were 9 million new chronic bronchitis diagnoses in 2017
  • In 2017 there were approximately 3.5 million new emphysema diagnoses 
  • There are more than 7 million ER visits every year due to COPD
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the fourth most common cause of death in the US
  • COPD is also the fourth leading cause of disability in the country

Symptoms

Unfortunately, a lot of the time COPD symptoms don’t manifest until there’s already significant lung damage. For this reason, an additional 12 million adults could have COPD but just haven’t received a diagnosis yet.

Early symptoms include:

  • Sporadic shortness of breath, especially after rigorous physical activity
  • A mild but persistent cough 
  • Having to clear your throat frequently because of excess phlegm, especially in the morning

 

As the disease progresses and the lungs suffer damage symptoms worsen, and you may experience the following:

  • More frequent shortness of breath. This can happen with mild physical activity such as going up a flight of stairs
  • Wheezing
  • A feeling of tightness in the chest
  • Chronic cough. The cough can be with or without mucus
  • Expelling mucus from your lungs daily
  • Frequent colds and other respiratory infections
  • Feeling fatigued

 

In the more advanced stages of COPD, these symptoms become more common:

  • Constant fatigue
  • Swelling in your feet, ankles or legs
  • Unexplained weight loss

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Risk Factors of COPD

Many factors can damage the lungs and increase the risk of COPD; these include:

  • Exposure to tobacco smoke
  • Smokers who have asthma
  • Repeated exposure to dust, certain chemicals, or gases at work
  • Exposure to fumes from burning fuel
  • Age: COPD is a degenerative disease that develops over a long period. Therefore, most people are in their 40’s when their first symptoms appear
  • Genetics: The genetic disorder known as an alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, is responsible for some cases of COPD

Complications from COPD

Potential complications from COPD, include:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Respiratory Infections
  • High Blood Pressure in the Lung Arteries
  • Heart Problems
  • Depression

When to Come to Altus ER

You should seek immediate emergency medical care if:

  • Your lips or fingertips turn a gray or bluish color. This is an indicator that your blood oxygen levels are low
  • You have trouble catching your breath or speaking
  • You feel confused or faint
  • Your heart is racing
  • Worsened shortness of breath that does not respond well to your medications or prescribed treatments

The entire month of October is devoted to Healthy Lung Month. At Altus Emergency Centers, we urge you to quit smoking if you are a smoker and to take the necessary precautions at work to avoid exposure to toxic fumes, or chemicals.

If you are living with COPD, please know all our centers are available to treat you if you have a severe symptom flair up.

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

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Home Safety Tips

Top Home Safety Tips for National Safe at Home Week

Avoiding Unintentional Home Injuries

National Safe at Home Week, celebrated in August is a great time to prevent potential accidents at home.  In order to help keep your home the safe haven it should be, Altus brings you these common-sense home safety tips.  According to the latest statistics from the Home Safety Council, every year some 18,000 people in the United States lose their lives due to injuries sustained at home. In addition, there are some 21 million yearly doctor and emergency center visits to treat home accident victims.

Sadly, most of these accidents that result in death or severe injury are preventable. Both the medical and administrative staff of Altus Emergency Centers have seen firsthand how devastating these incidents can be for families. 

Help us share these home safety tips that truly are important precautions that can be very easily implemented to safeguard your family.

 

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A Recipe for Safety

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National Safe at Home Week:
Kitchen Safety Tips

  • Do not leave children unattended in the kitchen even if it’s for a few minutes especially if you are cooking.
  • Keep flammable objects away from open flame appliances as gas stoves and ovens, as well as other heat sources like toasters, electric cooktops, portable heaters, etc.
  • Use cleaning solutions with extreme care, make sure to wipe surfaces well to avoid accidental poisoning, and when cleaning ovens or stovetops make sure there is plenty of ventilation in the room.
  • Properly store harmful products such as cleaners and keep them out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never leave sharp kitchen utensils like knives, and scissors unattended, and make sure to put them back where they belong once you are done using them.
  • Leave plenty of space between appliances to allow proper ventilation and minimize the risk of them overheating.
  • Electrical cords should be kept away from heat sources.

Rub a Dub, Dub Safety

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National Safe at Home Week:
Bathroom Safety Tips

  • Keep the bathroom as clean as possible, mold can cause severe respiratory distress.
  • Hair dryers, curlers, and irons as well as electric razors should be kept and or used at a safe distance from water.
  • Use non-slip bathroom rugs and mats to avoid slipping.
  • Keep shampoos, soaps, creams, and perfumes out of reach of children.

 

The Banana Peel Trick is Not a Laughing Matter

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National Safe at Home Week:
Staircase and Floor Safety Tips

Falls are the leading cause of home injury deaths claiming an average of 6,000 lives every year. Young children and adults over the age of 65 are especially vulnerable to falls in the home.

  • Keep floors clean, free of obstacles and dry, especially on high traffic areas and stairs.
  • Install stable and sturdy railing on all staircases in your home, including those on your deck and front porch.
  • Distance between spindles on your staircase should be narrow enough to prevent children and pets from accidentally falling through, the rule of thumb on this is 4 inches or less between spindles.
  • Every room in the house should be properly lit to ensure complete visibility.

Keep Your Garage Clean and Safe

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National Safe at Home Week:
Garage Safety Tips

  • Ensure your garage is properly ventilated to prevent accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Keep all chemicals like paint thinner, gasoline, heady duty cleansers and others locked in a secure place out of reach of children and pets.
  • Do not leave tools outside, as they could easily fall and injure someone, especially children.
  • Keep sharp gardening tools and power tools stored in a cabinet away from kids.

Say YES! to a Safe Yard

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National Safe at Home Week:
Yard Safety Tips

  • Fences should be kept in good condition, to avoid children and pets wandering outside the yard and to keep intruders out.
  • Pools should be fenced and locked to prevent children from entering it unsupervised.
  • Never leave gardening tools unattended especially sharp ones.
  • Weed killer, fertilizer, insecticide, and other potentially poisonous substances should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep the grill a safe distance from any flammable surface including tree branches, decks, curtains, and outdoor furniture.

Take Care of Yourself and Your Loved Ones.

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Happy Safe at Home Week!

This is a great opportunity to sit down with your family and discuss home safety tips in order to reduce the risk of accidents down the road.  Teach your kids to remain calm and what to do in event of an emergency. Finally, keep a list of important phone numbers handy for all members of the family, including the local police, emergency, a trusted neighbor, and the number and address of your nearest Altus Emergency Center.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are strong advocates of education and prevention. Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you in the event of a medical emergency. Don’t drive far distances to receive proper care! Visit your nearest Altus Emergency Center!

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Hunting and Fishing Safety Tips

Hunting, Fishing, And Archery Safety Tips

As Texans, we love outdoor activities, and these include hunting, fishing, and archery. While all three of these activities can be exhilarating and fun, they also pose a danger for those who practice them.

The Texas hunting incident analysis for 2018, shows there were 17 hunting accidents out of which three were fatal. The number of incidents may seem small; however, the sad reality is those accidents were preventable.

To help avoid accidents and injuries, we’ve prepared a list of safety tips for all three activities. Feel free to print these out and hand them to friends and family.

Hunting Safety Tips

If you are planning a hunting trip this season, make sure to give details of your plan to someone. Let them know when you will be back, this way they will know to go looking for you if you don’t return on the specified date.

Remember your cap or hat, shirt or jacket need to be blaze orange. This color will make you visible to other hunters.

 

Gun Safety

  • Make sure you are familiar with your firearm. You should make sure you know how to load and unload it, and how much of a kick does it have when you pull the trigger.
  • You should always assume guns in a hunting party are loaded. Therefore, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. 
  • Never point a firearm at or towards another person or pet.
  • Keep the safety on until you are ready to shoot at your target
  • Don’t place your finger on the trigger unless you are prepared to fire.
  • Be sure of your target and always check to make sure nobody is directly in front, behind, or to the side of it.

 

Tree Stand Safety

  • Installing and maintaining a tree stand is always a two-person job. Never do this alone!
  • Check the steps and straps. Replace any part that looks worn or damaged.
  • Always wear a harness when in a tree stand. 
  • Use a rope to pull up your firearms, or bow. Make sure the gun or bow are not loaded when you pull them up.
  • Always keep a cell phone on you, this way if you fall you can call for help. 

Fishing Safety Tips

Fishing might be the best outdoor activity. Not only fishing trips relaxing they are the perfect combination of camping, boating, outdoor living, and a fantastic way to commune with nature.

Like every outdoor activity, safety should be your number one concern.

 

Boating Safety

  • Make sure the boat has a first aid kit on board, as well as all the supplies you will need for your fishing trip.
  • Learn how to use the rescue devices on the boat, including flares, floating devices, and life jackets.
  • Don’t overload the boat, and make sure to distribute the weight evenly.
  • Keep a safe distance from low water dams and any restricted areas.
  • Check the weather before you head out. Don’t go on the water if you know a storm is coming.
  • Always wear a life jacket while on the boat.
  • If you are traveling at night, ensure your boat lights are on, so that others can see you.

 

Tackle Safety

  • Before you cast your line, check your surroundings to avoid your hook catching on a tree, power line, or worse a person!
  • Never leave your tackle lying on the floor.
  • Use a hook remover or cut the line as far back as you can when the hook is deep inside a fish. Avoid putting your hand inside the fish’s mount to take out the hook.
  • Store hooks and lures in your tackle box, never leave them on the line.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Archery Safety Tips

Whether you practice archery as a sport or for hunting, it’s important to remember that bows and arrows are dangerous weapons and you should have the same respect for them as you would a firearm.

  • Always point the crossbow and arrow in a safe direction.
  • Never nock an arrow unless it’s safe to shoot.
  • Never shoot over a ridge.
  • Be sure of your target and what is in front, behind, and to the side of it.
  • Don’t shoot unless you have a safe range or shooting area, as well as a safe backstop or background.
  • Never shoot an arrow straight up into the air.
  • Always wear an armguard and finger protection when using a bow and arrow.
  • Keep arrows in a covered arrow quiver to avoid injuries.
  • Always check your bow for signs of damage, such as cracks, dents, breaks, or any mechanical failure. Never fire a bow that looks to be damaged.
  • Discard any arrow that has permanent flaws.

While we always urge you to put safety first, accidents can happen. You should know that in the event of a tragedy, Altus Emergency Centers is available to treat any hunting, fishing, or archery related injury. If you have an accident in a remote location, we can coordinate to have you airlifted to our nearest facility.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

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

Check-In Online

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

National Safe at Home Week

Top Home Safety Tips for National Safe at Home Week

Avoiding Unintentional Home Injuries

National Safe at Home Week, celebrated in August is a great time to prevent potential accidents at home.  According to the latest statistics from the Home Safety Council, every year some 18,000 people in the United States lose their lives due to injuries sustained at home. In addition, there are some 21 million yearly doctor and emergency center visits to treat home accident victims.

Sadly, most of these accidents that result in death or severe injury are preventable. Both the medical and administrative staff of Altus Emergency Centers have seen firsthand how devastating these incidents can be for families. 

We celebrate National Safe at Home Week, by sharing with you some important precautions that can be very easily implemented to safeguard your family.

 

National-Safe-at-Home-Week-How-to-Avoid-Home-Injuries-Altus-ER-Centers

A Recipe for Safety

National-Safe-at-Home-Week-Kitchen-Safety-Tips-Altus-ER-Centers

National Safe at Home Week:
Kitchen Safety Tips

  • Do not leave children unattended in the kitchen even if it’s for a few minutes especially if you are cooking.
  • Keep flammable objects away from open flame appliances as gas stoves and ovens, as well as other heat sources like toasters, electric cooktops, portable heaters, etc.
  • Use cleaning solutions with extreme care, make sure to wipe surfaces well to avoid accidental poisoning, and when cleaning ovens or stovetops make sure there is plenty of ventilation in the room.
  • Properly store harmful products such as cleaners and keep them out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never leave sharp kitchen utensils like knives, and scissors unattended, and make sure to put them back where they belong once you are done using them.
  • Leave plenty of space between appliances to allow proper ventilation and minimize the risk of them overheating.
  • Electrical cords should be kept away from heat sources.

Rub a Dub, Dub Safety

National-Safe-at-Home-Week-Bathroom-Safety-Tips-Altus-ER-Centers

National Safe at Home Week:
Bathroom Safety Tips

  • Keep the bathroom as clean as possible, mold can cause severe respiratory distress.
  • Hair dryers, curlers, and irons as well as electric razors should be kept and or used at a safe distance from water.
  • Use non-slip bathroom rugs and mats to avoid slipping.
  • Keep shampoos, soaps, creams, and perfumes out of reach of children.

 

The Banana Peel Trick is Not a Laughing Matter

National-Safe-at-Home-Week-Staircase-and-Floor-Safety-Tips-Altus-ER-Centers

National Safe at Home Week:
Staircase and Floor Safety Tips

Falls are the leading cause of home injury deaths claiming an average of 6,000 lives every year. Young children and adults over the age of 65 are especially vulnerable to falls in the home.

  • Keep floors clean, free of obstacles and dry, especially on high traffic areas and stairs.
  • Install stable and sturdy railing on all staircases in your home, including those on your deck and front porch.
  • Distance between spindles on your staircase should be narrow enough to prevent children and pets from accidentally falling through, the rule of thumb on this is 4 inches or less between spindles.
  • Every room in the house should be properly lit to ensure complete visibility.

Keep Your Garage Clean and Safe

National-Safe-at-Home-Week-Garage-Safety-Tips-Altus-ER-Centers

National Safe at Home Week:
Garage Safety Tips

  • Ensure your garage is properly ventilated to prevent accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Keep all chemicals like paint thinner, gasoline, heady duty cleansers and others locked in a secure place out of reach of children and pets.
  • Do not leave tools outside, as they could easily fall and injure someone, especially children.
  • Keep sharp gardening tools and power tools stored in a cabinet away from kids.

Say YES! to a Safe Yard

National-Safe-at-Home-Week-Yard-Safety-Tips-Altus-ER-Centers

National Safe at Home Week:
Yard Safety Tips

  • Fences should be kept in good condition, to avoid children and pets wandering outside the yard and to keep intruders out.
  • Pools should be fenced and locked to prevent children from entering it unsupervised.
  • Never leave gardening tools unattended especially sharp ones.
  • Weed killer, fertilizer, insecticide, and other potentially poisonous substances should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep the grill a safe distance from any flammable surface including tree branches, decks, curtains, and outdoor furniture.

Take Care of Yourself and Your Loved Ones.

National-Safe-at-Home-Week-Top-Home-Safety-Tips-Altus-ER-Centers

Happy Safe at Home Week!

This is a great opportunity to sit down with your family and discuss home safety tips in order to reduce the risk of accidents down the road.  Teach your kids to remain calm and what to do in event of an emergency. Finally, keep a list of important phone numbers handy for all members of the family, including the local police, emergency, a trusted neighbor, and the number and address of your nearest Altus Emergency Center.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are strong advocates of education and prevention. Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you in the event of a medical emergency. Don’t drive far distances to receive proper care! Visit your nearest Altus Emergency Center!

Altus Emergency Centers
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Find an Altus ER Near You.

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