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.

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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.

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

 

Choosing a Freestanding ER vs. Urgent Care

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Patients have choices when dealing with a medical emergency. Rather than going to a traditional hospital ER, many patients choose to visit a freestanding ER or an urgent care center. Depending on your location, both may be convenient options, and they often look similar, so which one should you choose?

What is a Freestanding Emergency Room?

A freestanding ER has all the same capabilities and expert staff you would expect at a traditional hospital emergency room, but they’re located in your community. Most freestanding ERs, like Five Star ER, have intensive diagnostic tools like CT scans, ultrasounds and X-rays, as well as on-site laboratories for rapid diagnosis. All of our doctors are board certified and all our medical staff members have extensive emergency room experience. Freestanding ERs are also open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so no matter when or where your emergency, we can help.

What is an Urgent Care?

Urgent Care centers are more like an extension of your doctor’s office. They are not open 24/7, but usually have extended hours. They can easily handle minor illnesses like sore throats, coughs and minor cuts. They do not typically have on-site lab tests and because the person treating is often a physician’s assistant (PA) or nurse practitioner (NP), they cannot diagnose severe illnesses or injuries.

Why Location Matters

About half of all urgent care centers are in retail shopping centers and 95% of the medical staff at urgent care centers do not have hospital admitting privileges. What does this mean for you? If you are in a situation that requires more serious testing or medical services than an urgent care can provide, you would either have to drive yourself there or call an ambulance and, upon arrival at the hospital, go through the whole triage system at the hospital ER.

In contrast, Five Star ER locations were specifically chosen to be easily accessible and convenient to get to from major roads, meaning you don’t have to search for our store fronts. We also have board-certified emergency physicians and expert staff to provide advance diagnostics that may save you a trip to the hospital. In the rare cases that our patients need to be admitted, we work to arrange a direct transfer to an inpatient bed (or operating room), bypassing the hassle of the hospital ER.

Learn more about the difference between a freestanding ER and an urgent care from Five Star ER Medical Director Dr. Brian Aldred in the short video below!

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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 Diabetes Awareness Month

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Approximately 9.4% of the population, or about 30.3 million Americans, has either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year. With proper control, diabetes can be managed and diabetics can live long, healthy lives. But even those in the best control can sometimes require emergency medical care. In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, here are some things you should do if you ever need to offer help to a diabetic in an emergency.

  1. Know the Signs

Everyone will react differently in a diabetic emergency. Sometimes a diabetic can be having a reaction due to high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia. This is when the person’s blood sugar levels are too high due to too little insulin in their body. Symptoms of hypoglycemia can include: extreme thirst or hunger, frequent urination, nausea, fast heart rate, blurred vision and drowsiness. The other cause of an extreme reaction is low blood sugar is hypoglycemia. This is due to there being too much insulin and not enough carbohydrates in the diabetic’s blood stream. Symptoms for low blood sugar include: shaking, sweating, anxiety, dizziness, irritability, weakness, extreme mood changes. Very extreme cases can lead to loss of consciousness, seizures and coma.

 

  1. Assess the Situation

Because a diabetic emergency can be caused by two very different reasons, it is important to assess the situation. If the person is unconscious or unresponsive, always call 9-1-1 first. If the person is responsive, you can help them to test their blood sugar. This will help determine the right kind of help to offer. A low blood sugar is generally considered anything less than 80 mg/dl. A high blood sugar varies, but if the glucose meter says 250 mg/dl or above that is considered high.

 

  1. Offer Help

If the person is having a low blood sugar reaction, the best way to help is to provide fast-acting carbohydrates for the person to eat. This can include juice, fruits, or soda. Often the diabetic will be carrying such a food around for instances like this. If they are confused, help them to find this food item or provide one of your own. Wait with the person and have them continue to test their blood sugar every 10 minutes.

If they are having a high blood sugar reaction, do not give the person any food as this may only worsen the condition. The best thing to do is to get the person to an emergency room, like Five Star ER, as soon as possible. There they will receive the diagnostic testing to see if the person is suffering a complication like Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), and provide the right medical treatment to safely lower their blood sugar.

 

Emergencies happen, and when they do you want the best care FAST. For diabetics who are having severe reactions, just a few minutes can make a huge difference, so trust the board-certified doctors and expert staff at Five Star ER to take care of you with all the care you’d expect from a traditional emergency room with none of the wait.

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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!

 

Halloween Safety Tips

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From wearing costumes to walking around outside at night, there are many potential hazards on Halloween. On average, children are twice as likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year. And while 75% of parents say they choose a costume with safety in mind, only a fraction of kids take precautionary measures like walking with flashlights.

Halloween can be scary, but you don’t have to be scared for all the wrong reasons. When you are trick-or-treating, these 10 tips can keep everyone safe and ensure a fun night:

  1. Make sure children under the age of 12 always trick-or-treat with an adult.
  2. Always walk, not run, from house to house.
  3. Use crosswalks, traffic signals and stay on sidewalks or paths. If there is no sidewalk, you should walk facing traffic, as far left as possible.
  4. Choose costumes that have light colored fabrics, are marked as flame resistant, and fit well to prevent painful trips and falls.
  5. Glow sticks can be a fun way to increase kids’ visibility to drivers as well as increase their vision.
  6. Only 18% of parents use reflective tape on their child’s costumes, but the use of reflective tape can make you and your kids more visible to drivers.
  7. Don’t carry swords, canes, or other sharp objects that could injure a child if they fall.
  8. Always test face make-up on a small area of skin before wearing to make sure there are no adverse reactions such as irritation or an allergic reaction. Always choose make-up that is non-toxic.
  9. Only eat treats that are factory-wrapped, and always check for evidence of tampering before consumption.
  10. Talk to your kids about safety every year and before Halloween night. The excitement of Halloween may distract kids, so parents should have regular conversations about safety in the weeks leading to Halloween.

Even with the best preparation and planning, emergencies happen. And when they do, you can count on Five Star ER. Our experienced medical team can treat adults and kids of all ages, providing the care you’d expect from a traditional emergency room with none of the wait. With locations throughout the greater Austin area, no matter where you are celebrating Halloween there is a Five Star ER near you. Click here to find your nearest location.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, 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!

 

Get Ready for National Health Education Week: October 16-20

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October 16-20 is National Health Education Week! Five Star ER encourages everyone to take control of their well-being and learn new ways to improve their health. Knowledge is a proactive and powerful health tool, so here are five actionable ways to learn more about your health this week:

  1. Take a Healthy Cooking Class

An easy way to take control of your health is to learn to make healthy, homemade meals. An unhealthy diet contributes to over 650,000 deaths each year in the U.S. and can leads to diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. Learning to make healthy meals that include lots of fresh, green vegetables and are low in fat can help keep you and your family in good shape and prevent obesity-related diseases.

  1. Learn your Family’s Medical History

Knowing your family’s medical history can help you learn more about your risk for certain diseases, and lead you to make healthy choices that may help prevent those same issues for yourself. If you can, the easiest way to learn your family’s health history is to talk to your family members, including extended family, for any illnesses they may have that can be hereditary like high blood pressure, cancers, and more. Be sure to write down any information so that you can refer to it later.

  1. Have an Annual Physical

An annual physical can often be the first step to learning what you may be at risk for, or what illnesses you may already have. Many insurance companies fully cover one physical a year with your primary care physician, and the annual physical can be an important tool in learning about your own health.

  1. Research any Current Diagnoses

If you are one of the 133 million Americans with a chronic condition, like diabetes, depression, or asthma you should be doing research to stay up-to-date on your condition. Through knowledge not only can you better advocate for yourself but many chronic illnesses are manageable with proper detection and treatment. When doing research, you should look to reputable websites and sources like government resources such as the National Institute of Health, or talk to your doctor.

  1. Learn What to do and Where to go in a Medical Emergency

Creating an emergency plan can help you be better prepared for any situation. You should have a plan which includes a kit with basic medical supplies, like band-aids and aspirin. You should also know the closest place to go to seek medical emergency care. Five Star ER offers on-site laboratories and diagnostic tests, like CT scans, so you can get answers faster. And with several Austin locations along major highways, Five Star ER is a great choice when emergencies happen. Learn where you closest Five Star ER location is here.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, 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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