Cholesterol and Heart Health

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The heart gets a lot of attention in February, and Five Star ER wants to make sure the health of your heart gets the attention it deserves.

Heart Disease
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in America. Heart disease encompasses many different diseases, from congenital heart defects to arrhythmia. The most common type of heart disease in America is cardiovascular disease, which has to do with the blocking or narrowing of your blood vessels. This can lead to hart attack, chest pain (angina), or stroke.

Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that your body needs to build cells, but can be bad if there is too much. Your liver makes all the cholesterol your body needs and the rest comes from your diet, in foods such as meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products. There are two types of cholesterol — the “good kind” (HDL) and the “bad kind” (LDL). Too much LDL or too little HDL can cause damage such as clogged arteries, otherwise known as atherosclerosis. This can lead to stroke or heart attack.

High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is when the force of the blood pushing against your blood vessels is too high. High blood pressure causes your heart to work harder and less efficiently, which can result in loss of vision, sexual dysfunction, stroke and heart attack or failure. New standards for high blood pressure were released in 2017, which put a majority of Americans at risk for high blood pressure.

Heart Emergencies
Heart disease, high cholesterol or high blood pressure can all lead to serious emergency medical conditions, like heart attack or stroke. Symptoms of heart attack can include chest pain, dizziness, nausea, back/jaw pain, or tingling in arms. Stroke symptoms can include face drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately! In a heart emergency, minutes can make a matter of difference. Stroke and heart attack need immediate emergency medical treatment, like that found at Five Star ER.

Heart Health
The best way to take care of your heart is to take care of your health. Eating healthy, exercising and managing stress can all lower your chance for heart disease. Yoga and meditation are popular ways to lower your stress levels, and can be particularly effective in the morning when your chances for heart attack are highest. Eating foods like vegetables, multi-grain products like bran and oats, and fatty fishes can increase your HDL and lower your LDL cholesterol. Getting enough aerobic activity every week can also reduce your risk of heart disease. 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week, like walking briskly or mowing the lawn, is the recommendation.

If you think you’re having a serious heart problem, seek medical help right away! Five Star ER has all the services you’d expect at a traditional ER without the wait. If you’re having a heart attack a few minutes can make a huge difference! All four of our convenient locations are open 24/7, so that you can receive the same quality care you’d expect from a traditional ER.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

Show your Heart Some Love This Valentine’s Day

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February 14 is all about the heart. Here are some fun facts to help you learn more about this vital organ, and maybe help you show your own heart some love today.

Your heart beats 100,000 times a day.

That means in the average human lifespan your heart beats 2,885,300,000 times! Your heart works hard to pump blood to the 60,000 miles of blood vessels in your body. Keep your heart healthy and pumping by making healthy choices, like eating right and exercising.

You’re most likely to have a heart attack in the morning.

According to Harvard researchers, you are 40% more likely to have a heart attack between the hours of 6 a.m. and 12 p.m. This is due to your heart’s natural circadian changes.

An electric system controls the rhythm of your heart.

This system is called the cardiac conduction system. This is also why automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, can be life-saving devices in cardiac emergencies. Pacemakers are also used to help keep the cardiac conduction system in check for people with heart health issues.

Falling in love can cause your heart to beat faster.

In the early stages of a relationship, hormones like dopamine, norepinephrine and adrenaline are released. This causes specific physical reactions that include flushed cheeks, sweaty palms and a racing heart.

Women and men have different hearts.

While it’s commonly thought that men and women have different approaches to relationships, there are physiological differences in the heart of a man and woman. A woman’s heart usually beats faster and typically weighs 2 ounces lees than a man’s. There are also different symptoms of heart attack in men and women. Men and women experience chest pain, but women are more likely to experience neck or back pain, nausea/vomiting or shortness of breath.

If you think you’re having a heart attack, seek medical help right away! Five Star ER has all the services you’d expect at a traditional ER without the wait. If you’re having a heart attack a few minutes can make a huge difference!All four of our convenient locations are open 24/7, so that you can receive the same quality care you’d expect from a traditional ER.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

Fight the Flu

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This winter has been one of the worst flu seasons since records began being kept, 13 years ago. The vaccine has not been as effective in protecting against this year’s dominant strand of flu, H3N2. The 2017-18 season started early, and the H3N2 virus has been deadly, especially in children. The flu season is expected to peak now, in early February.

Protect Yourself

If you have not gotten the flu yet, one of the best ways to keep you and your family safe is to wash your hands regularly with soap and water. Proper hand washing technique is to work the soap into a sudsy foam and wash your hands for the amount of time it takes you to sing the “Happy Birthday” song. Preventing the spread of germs is the best way to prevent the flu. Other ways to stop the spread of germs is to cover your mouth when you cough, wash your sheets regularly, and disinfect everyday surfaces like door knobs, remote controls, and cell phones.

Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of the flu have not changed this year. They include fever, aches, chills, fatigue or weakness, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, cough, discomfort or pain in the chest, and headache. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have the flu. It is important to note that not all flu sufferers will have all these symptoms, including fever.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Care

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), you need emergency medical care for the flu if you are experiencing any of these symptoms: difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, severe pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, persistent vomiting, or symptoms that go away but return with fever a worse cough. Symptoms that would require emergency care in infants or kids may look different. If your child or infant is sick and begins to experience the above symptoms or any of the below symptoms they should be taken to the ER: fast breathing, bluish skin, not drinking fluids, not waking up or interacting, fever with a rash, being so irritable they don’t want to be touched, significantly fewer wet diapers or no tears when crying.

Because this year’s flu virus outbreak has been so widespread, traditional emergency rooms have been overcrowded and are asking people with the flu to stay home or wait to see their primary care physician. Freestanding emergency rooms, like Five Star ER, have all the same services as a traditional ER, but without the wait. We are not overcrowded and can handle the flu this season when you need medical care. All four of our convenient locations are open 24/7, so that you can receive the same quality care you’d expect from a traditional ER.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

January 22 – 28 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW). This week is meant to help shatter myths surrounding drugs and alcohol and further educate people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol use. Therefore, Five Star ER is sharing five common myths and misconceptions about drugs and alcohol.

MYTH: People with high a tolerance for alcohol can drink more and still be okay.

FACT: If you need to drink more to feel the same “buzz,” that is not a good thing! It means that the alcohol you drink is affecting your body negatively. You will still be getting drunk even if you don’t feel it. This means you will drink more and potentially cause more damage.

MYTH: Coffee sobers you up.

FACT: Coffee does not sober you up. The only thing that can sober a person who is under the influence or intoxicated is time. The caffeine in coffee can mask the feelings of drunkenness, but that does not mean you are still not drunk. Food has a similar effect, and can delay when you feel drunk, but it does not sober you.

MYTH: Beer doesn’t get you as drunk as hard liquor.

FACT: If you drink one ounce of beer compared to one ounce of hard liquor, this may be true. But 12 ounces of beer has the same alcoholic content as 5 ounces of wine and 1 ounce, or a shot, of hard liquor. It is important to pay attention to the size of your drink and the alcoholic content by volume (ACV). Some beers can have an ACV as high as 12% and will get you drunk much quicker. A mixed drink often has more than just 1 ounce of hard liquor, and will have a higher ACV.

MYTH: There’s no harm in trying drugs just once.

FACT: While this may be true for some people, it is not always the case. Trying drugs is always a gamble. You can become addicted to drugs from trying them just once. Depending on the drug, you could also overdose the first time you try it.

MYTH: People don’t have to go to the ER for being drunk.

FACT: Emergency room visits for alcohol intoxication have increased by more than 50% in the last decade. Not only are these visits more frequent, but the ER stays are lasting longer, too. Binge drinking is a problem for many Americans, which can lead to alcohol poisoning.

Five Star ER encourages everyone to drink responsibly. However, if an emergency arises you can trust our board-certified doctors and expert staff to treat your emergency. All four of our convenient locations are open 24/7, so that you can receive the same quality care you’d expect from a traditional ER.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

National Pharmacist Day

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National Pharmacist Day

January 12 is National Pharmacist Day! Pharmacists play a vital role in your health care and do so much to make sure you are healthy and well taken care of. Do you know a pharmacist? Here are 10 reasons why you should thank your pharmacist today!

  1. They give their patients advice on what medications to take over-the-counter and how to take their prescribed medications.
  2. They monitor the medications you are taking to make sure nothing will interfere with your other medications or supplements, keeping you safe!
  3. Pharmacists improve medication adherence, meaning they make you more likely to stick to your medical plan.
  4. They go the extra mile for their patients. They will stay late if someone needs help and local pharmacists can try and set up payment plans.
  5. You don’t need an appointment to talk to your pharmacist!
  6. Pharmacists work in your local pharmacy, hospitals, and more! If you visit a medical facility chances are a pharmacist helped some time in your interaction!
  7. Pharmacists are medicine experts!
  8. They help you know how to take your medication, whether you don’t know what “twice daily” means, don’t know how to use your inhaler, or have a new insulin!
  9. They can help with lots of medicine-related questions, such as where to get a flu shot, how to dispose of old medication, and why you are taking a certain medication!
  10. Their work is often behind the scenes, so they don’t get thanked for their service, advice and care often.

At Five Star ER, having an on-site pharmacy means less waiting so you can get in and out FAST. It’s one of our many on-site services, like digital imaging technologies and on-site labs, available at all four of our locations!

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

Don’t Try a Fad Diet in 2018

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69 percent of fad diets failIf you’re like 21% of Americans, your new year’s resolution may be to lose weight or get in better shape. Those are great goals, but reports say only 9% of people who set resolutions for themselves felt they actually achieved them. One reason people won’t meet their 2018 health resolution is because they try a fad diet.

Fad diets are popular in the U.S., with the average American adult trying to implement a fad diet four times a year. However, 69% of fad diets fail, and 65% of people who lose weight on a fad diet gain it all back. Some popular fad diets today are the Keto-diet, which severely limits the amount of carbohydrates a person eats in a day; juice cleanses that replace meals with fresh squeezed juices; and Whole 30, which limits processed food and other types of food deemed unhealthy for 30 days.

If you have heard of, or tried, these diets you may have seen quick success, but may not have been able to keep the weight off. Erin Ippen, a registered dietician nutritionist, says fad diets only work because “they cause initial weight loss but are not sustainable and rarely lead to long-term weight loss. For low-carb diets specifically, they change the way you metabolize nutrients, so most weight loss is a result of water weight instead of fat loss.”

Some of these diets can also have serious health repercussions. “When you restrict certain food groups, you can miss out on essential nutrients, which can negatively affect your health,” Ippen advises. For example, the keto-diet limits your carbohydrate intake. Carbohydrates are extremely important to the function of your body, because carbs are broken into glucose in the blood stream. Your brain, vital organs, and exercising muscle can only function with glucose in the blood stream. Without that glucose, your body makes alternate fuel sources, like ketones. Ketones occur in the blood when your body doesn’t have enough energy so it begins breaking down fats in the liver, then muscle, and causes your blood to become more acidic, and you are in a state of ketosis.

Ketosis occurs in people with anorexia, as well as diabetics with sustained high blood sugars, otherwise known as Diabetic Ketoacidosis. Ketosis is very serious and requires immediate medical care. The keto-diet advertises ketosis as a healthy, metabolic state. They claim your body will adjust to a state of ketosis, but instead you can cause serious damage to your internal organs; prolonged ketosis can result in becoming unconscious, seizures and even death.

If you are experiencing symptoms like fruity breath, excessive thirst or urination, weakness, fatigue or nausea and vomiting you may be in ketosis and need immediate medical attention. If you are dieting and experience dizziness, lose consciousness or experience low blood sugar, you should also seek medical help.

If you are serious about losing weight in 2018, ditch the fad diets. They often cause more harm then good, and could even land you in the ER. Talk to a nutritionist to figure out a healthy weight loss plan for yourself, and make small changes over time so you’re more likely to stick to your resolution.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

Celebrating New Year with close friends

Common Injuries from Drinking on New Year’s Eve

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New Year’s Eve has traditionally been celebrated with a champagne toast at midnight. And yet, every year parties to celebrate the New Year seem to get bigger and start earlier. This can result in a lot more alcohol consumed before the stroke of midnight, putting you at risk for an alcohol-related accident or injury. The best way to avoid this is to drink responsibly, but we’ve put together a list of some of the most common reasons people end up in the ER on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, with some more ideas to help you stay safe.

  1. Drunk Driving
    New Year’s Day is the worst day of the year for fatal car crashes involving alcohol — half of all fatal crashes on January 1 involve a driver who was drunk. You should never drive drunk, so make sure you have a plan before you go out. You can designate a driver who will remain sober throughout the evening, or you can call a taxi, or use a ride-share service like Uber or Lyft.
  1. Alcohol Poisoning
    ER visits for alcohol poisoning increase on New Year’s Day — in 2015, New York City saw a 50% increase in alcohol-related visits to the ER compared to an average day. A good rule of thumb to help avoid alcohol poisoning is to drink one glass of water with every alcoholic drink, and to limit yourself to one drink per hour. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning include vomiting, confusion, slow or irregular breathing and becoming unconscious. If you see someone experiencing these symptoms you should seek immediate medical help.
  2. Accident Injuries
    As your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) rises, so does the effects of alcohol on your nervous system, possibly resulting in impaired judgment, vision, and hearing, decreased coordination and balance, more risky behaviors and slower reaction times. All of these make you more prone to serious injury due to an accident—and we’re not even talking about motor vehicle accidents! Everyday accidents can result in several injuries that may need medical attention such as cuts that need stitches, serious sprains, or broken bones and head injuries. Because alcohol can decrease the amount of pain you feel after injury, if someone has a serious fall or other accident while drinking, they should seek medical attention.

This New Year’s Eve, Five Star ER encourages everyone to celebrate responsibly. However, if an emergency arises, you can trust our board-certified doctors and expert staff to treat your emergency. All four of our convenient locations are open 24/7, even over the holidays, so that you can receive the same quality care you’d expect from a traditional ER.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

Toy Safety Guidelines

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Toy Safety

Everyone loves getting gifts around the holidays, especially kids! You only want the best for your kids, so you want them to have safe and age-appropriate toys. We’ve put together a list of guidelines to follow when buying toys for kids ages 0-12 so you can make sure they are not presented with any dangers or hazards, and everyone can enjoy a safe and fun holiday gift-giving season!

Guidelines For All Ages

  • Read Labels — Labels on toys, such as “Not suitable for children under 3” or “Flame Resistant” are there for a reason. Read and heed these labels to make sure you buy toys that are age and instruction appropriate, as well as made of high-quality and safe materials.
  • Choose with Care — Keep in mind the child’s interest, skill level and age to choose toys that will be both safe for them to use, as well as fun for them!
  • Set-up and Clean-up — When opening new toys make sure all trash is discarded quickly. For younger children, plastic wrap can be dangerous and even deadly if played with. For older kids, toys with batteries and other small parts should be set-up with the help of an adult to make sure nothing is misplaced and electrical components are installed properly.

Ages 0 – 3

  • Make sure toys do not have choking hazards. Check toys regularly for wear and tear, since pieces that break off can become choking hazards as well. Anything that is less than 75 inches in diameter is a choking hazard.
  • Any soft toys, such as stuffed animals, should be machine washable.
  • Toys with strings or ribbons can create a strangulation hazard and should not be given to young children.

Ages 4 – 6

  • Avoid electrically operated toys, especially if they must be plugged in to use or have other heating elements.
  • Don’t give children of this age toys with projectiles, like foam bullet guns.
  • Magnets are used often in toys, but if they fall out of the toy and are swallowed they can cause serious internal damage.

Ages 7 – 9

  • Buy items that fit. It may be tempting to buy a bike a size too big so they will grow into it, but this can cause serious injury. Any sports equipment such as bikes, skates, scooters, etc. should fit your child now.
  • Art supplies should be labeled non-toxic and washable.
  • Science and craft kits are great gifts for this age, but make sure they are not too advanced by reading the label. Parental supervision for some kits may be necessary.

Ages 10 – 12

  • Children at this age may really like video games, but make sure the games they receive are age appropriate and have an “E” rating.
  • As your child needs little supervision for play at this age, make sure any board games or science and craft kits are written at a level that will be easy to understand and follow for your child.
  • Keep the toys from this age group away from and out of reach of smaller children, as they will have parts that can cause serious injury. Make sure your child knows to keep their toys in a safe place so they don’t become tripping hazards to themselves, or an even bigger danger to younger children.

The holidays are a time to be with your family and friends, but emergencies can still happen–and when they do you want to be taken care of FAST. That’s why there is Five Star ER. With our four convenient greater Austin locations and board certified doctors we can get you in and out and back to the holidays fast!

 

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

Three Holiday Decoration Safety Tips

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Holiday Decorating Related Injuries

Almost 250 people are injured every day between November and January trying to put up their holiday decorations. One of the most common reasons people end up in the ER is from falling off ladders while decorating. This can result in lacerations and sprains, or more serious injuries like broken bones. Once the decorations are up, the chance for injury is not over, especially if the decorations used were old and damaged, or placed in areas that may cause dangerous situations, like fires.

Here are some tips to help you avoid some of the common causes of injury and keep you safe while decorating this season:

  1. Avoid Fires
    Real trees should not be placed near fireplaces, radiators or other heat sources, as this is a major fire hazard. Keeping trees watered can help reduce the risk of drying out and catching fire. Artificial trees should also be placed away from these items. Even if the tree was labeled as flame retardant or flame resistant, it can still catch on fire.
  2. Avoid Falls
    When hanging lights outside make sure your ladder is on level ground and sturdy enough to hold your weight, plus the weight of any decorations you may be carrying. Your ladder should also be three feet taller than where you will be hanging, or your roof line, so that you do not have to climb to the top or over-extend yourself. Have someone spot you and help hold the ladder steady to increase stability and safety.
  3. Avoid Electric Shock
    Before you hang your lights (inside or out), check to make sure they are not damaged, as they can start an electrical fire. Lights with frayed cords should not be used, and neither should lights that have loose connections or damaged and cracked sockets. If you need to replace a bulb in your lights, make sure to unplug the lights before doing so to reduce the risk of electrocution!

When emergencies happen, you want the best care and FAST, especially over the holidays. Unsure when your doctor’s office may be open over the holidays? We’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our expert staff is always ready to take care of you and your emergency. Find your nearest Five Star ER location.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

Top 5 Reasons for Thanksgiving ER Visits

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Deep Fried Turkey Danger on ThanksgivingThanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, enjoying time spent with friends and family, and good food. Amid all the merriment and festivities, there is an increased chance for injury and accident. Here are the top five reasons people go to the ER during the Thanksgiving holiday (and some ways to avoid them):

  1. Over Indulgence

Thanksgiving is known for being an indulgent holiday, so it’s no surprise that one of the main reasons people visit the ER is for eating or drinking too much. This can result in chest pain, upset stomach and sometimes an irregular heartbeat. Know your limits and when to say “no more” this Thanksgiving.

  1. Food Poisoning

Food poisoning doesn’t just come from a crazy concoction your great aunt brought to the table. The most common cause of food poisoning is from food being left out too long and reaching an unsafe temperature. The danger zone for bacteria growth that can lead to food poisoning is between 41 and 140 degrees. To keep food safe, keep hot food hot and cold food cold, and don’t allow food to sit out for long periods of time.

  1. Auto Accident

The busiest travel weekend of the year is Thanksgiving weekend, and more DUI arrests happen between Thanksgiving and the end of New Year’s Eve than any other time of the year. With busier roads and more chances of enjoying one drink too many, people can end up in the ER after an accident. Enjoying drinks with family and friends at the dinner table can be great, just make sure you know your limits – or, better yet, designate a sober driver.

  1. Knife Injuries

Before you even sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, you could end up in the ER! Make sure not to do any food prep work with dull knives, as that can increase risk of cuts. When using a knife, make sure to also take your time and focus on the task at hand to decrease the risk of cutting yourself.

  1. Burns

Another common kitchen accident at Thanksgiving is burns. Just like when using a knife, if you are handling hot foods — especially oils that can spatter easily — take your time and focus on your task. Avoid wearing loose clothing that could potentially catch fire, especially if you want to deep fry your turkey, which results in 60 injuries every year.

 

When emergencies happen, you want the best care and FAST, especially over the holidays. Every emergency matters at Five Star ER, and our patient-centered care means you come first. Plus, with all the care of a traditional ER minus the wait you can get in and out — and back to Thanksgiving dinner fast. Find your nearest Five Star ER location

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

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