Why Choose a Freestanding ER Instead of a Hospital ER?

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In an emergency medical situation, you likely won’t have time to research hospitals or to investigate where to find the best emergency care. That’s why it’s important to be prepared ahead of time and know where you will go should a medical emergency occur. Today, patients and their families can choose between a traditional hospital-based ER and a freestanding ER. But how can you determine which is the best? Read on to learn the key differences between the two and why you should choose a freestanding ER in an emergency.

Wait Time

A crowded waiting room is usually the last place you or your family members want to be during an emergency. You want help, and you want it fast! Traditional hospital emergency rooms are typically slow and overcrowded, often due to unavoidable factors such as trauma cases that are given the highest priority. On average, patients in traditional hospital ERs wait 20 minutes or longer before being seen by a doctor. In an emergency, 20 minutes can feel like forever.

At a freestanding emergency room, like Five Star ER, patients can access the same quality of care and the same high-level services that a traditional hospital ER will have, but without the wait. In most cases, patients can walk in and be seen by a doctor in as little as 5 minutes. Because Five Star ER is open 24/7, this means you can access quality emergency care at any time and never worry about having to wait to be seen.

Diagnostic Tests

In a traditional hospital ER, the lobby isn’t the only place that many patients wait. Diagnostic testing (imaging and laboratory services) is frequently performed outside of the emergency department and/or by personnel other than the emergency room staff. This often means you must wait in line and compete with patients from elsewhere in the hospital for a CT scan, or that you and your family must wait to get the results of important tests.

At Five Star ER, we have diagnostic labs in house to provide the fastest and most reliable care to you and your family. The state-of-the-art technology and equipment we have onsite at each location gives our physicians the information they need to quickly diagnose and treat your medical emergency—so you can get on with your life.

Patient Care

During treatment at a traditional hospital emergency room, patient may be seen and treated by a number of medical personnel, with little or no time to converse or diagnose the patient’s medical problems. This can sometimes result in unnecessary medical tests and even unnecessary hospital admissions.

At Five Star ER, our patient-centered care means you come first. You will always be seen by a board-certified emergency physician and nurses trained in emergency care in a healing, family-friendly environment. Typically, the only medical staff a patient will see in a freestanding emergency room will be the emergency physician, a registered nurse and a medical technologist. These three individuals provide continuous, coordinated medical care that patients need and deserve. They usually have the time to spend with the patient to get a proper diagnosis and thus possibly avoid unnecessary diagnostic testing and any unnecessary hospital admissions.

Emergencies happen. Knowing where to go for the best emergency care can make all the difference. At Five Star ER, we are proud to deliver compassionate, responsive emergency care for adults and children of all ages. Plus, you’ll get the level of care you’d expect from a traditional hospital emergency room with none of the wait. So, whatever got you here, we’ll get you in and out and feeling better fast. Click here to find the closest Five Star ER location to you.

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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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Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.

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National Preparedness Month

Life happens unexpectedly and disasters don’t plan ahead. The good news is you can prepare for the unexpected by creating a family plan. This September, as part of National Preparedness Month, Five Star ER encourages everyone to develop an emergency plan and take a few simple steps to prepare for emergencies and disasters.

Creating a Family Emergency Plan

In the event of an emergency, natural or otherwise, it is important to make sure that your family’s basic needs are being met and everyone is safe. The most effective way of to do this is to have a plan in place. It’s very easy to panic during an emergency, but being mentally and physically prepared may help to minimize that feeling of panic. It also enables you to keep your family calm, cool, collected, and most importantly, safe. If you don’t already have an emergency plan, use this printable template from the American Red Cross.

Have a Disaster Supply Kit Ready

Having a disaster supply kit is essential to an effective emergency preparedness plan. Stock your supply kits with medical supplies, medications, non-perishable foods, water, batteries, blankets, clothing, and other items. Additionally, having a first aid kit in your home and your car can keep you prepared in the event of an emergency.

Know Where to Go for Emergency Care

Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast. Your family emergency plan should also include where to get emergency medical care. Knowing where to go for the best emergency care before an emergency happens can help keep your family safe.

Five Star ER has locations throughout the greater Austin area serving the emergency medical needs of children and adults of all ages. Our experienced emergency room physicians, state-of-the-art technology, and compassionate staff at every location are prepared to make sure you feel confident in the services we provide and feel cared for from the moment you arrive. Our locations have been chosen carefully, near major streets and highways

 

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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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Solar Eclipse Safety

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Friends viewing solar eclipse

The opportunity to view a partial solar eclipse in the Austin area Monday afternoon, August 21, has lots of people excited. But viewing the eclipse poses its own health risks.

The basics of sun safety apply: don’t stare directly at the sun, and always use sunscreen even if it’s overcast. But did you know there are other things you can do to avoid injuries while enjoying the eclipse? Here are 3 tips to stay safe:

1. Stay Hydrated

This may seem like common sense, but hydration is important to remember even in all the excitement! The eclipse will only be partial in Central Texas, but it is predicted to start at 11:41 a.m. and end at 2:39 p.m., with the maximum eclipse visible at 1:10 p.m. This is the hottest time of the year, and the hottest time of the day! The recommended amount of water to drink will vary based on age, weather, and level of activity but a good rule of thumb is to divide your weight in half and drink that many ounces per day. So, for example, a 150-pound person should drink 75 ounces a day.

2. Buy Eclipse Glasses or Solar Filters

Even in a solar eclipse you should never look directly at the sun or you may risk permanent damage your eyes! The safe alternative is to use eclipse glasses or solar filters if you have binoculars or a telescope. If you want to buy glasses, NASA recommends welder’s glasses rated at 14 or above. Welder’s glasses can be purchased at welding supply stores, or you can look up where to buy American Astronomical Society recommended glasses here.

3. DIY a Pinhole Projector

A lot of places may have sold out of specialized solar eclipse viewing equipment, but with simple equipment like an empty cereal box, a piece of paper, or even your own hands, you can make a pinhole projector! Pinhole projection works by allowing light to come through a small hole (such as a gap in your fingers) to be projected on another surface. Check out this video tutorial from NASA on how to make your own pinhole projector!

 

Stay safe and keep hydrated! With four convenient central Texas locations, and around-the-clock expert emergency medical care, Five Star ER is here for you and your family.

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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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How an Onsite Lab Improves Your Emergency Care

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Imagine you are having chest pains. It could be anything from heart burn to muscle strain, but it could also be a heart attack. Knowing where to go for the best medical care can make all the difference in an emergency like this.

At Five Star ER, we are proud to offer our community unparalleled emergency care, but it’s not just our board-certified physicians and nurses that make this possible. The state-of-the-art technology and equipment we have onsite at each location gives our physicians the information they need to quickly diagnose and treat your medical emergency—so you can get on with your life.

Faster results are just one of the benefits of having a laboratory on premise of a freestanding ER. Not only does it save time to get lab results, it can also save you money. Eighty-five percent of people who go to the ER for chest pains are not having heart attacks, but until doctors know for certain you will have to stay in the ER and may be subject to more expensive tests and procedures. When blood panel results can be reviewed quickly you may not have to undergo more diagnostic testing. If you go to a place that does not have a laboratory on site it could take three hours more for doctors to get those important test results back.

Another plus is that the information can be passed on from doctor, nurse, or lab technician to the patient easily and quickly. The quicker information is given to all members of your care team, the better, because it means less wait time for you. It also means that everyone helping to take care of you is on the same page and knows the most up-to-date treatment plan, which leads to better and more comprehensive care.

Quick test results don’t just matter in the case of a potential heart attack. Blood tests available are used to screen for and monitor diabetes, anemia, infections and more.

At Five Star ER, we have diagnostic labs on site so that we can help provide the fastest and most reliable care to you and your family. So whether it’s chest pain, an infection, or something else entirely, you can have peace of mind knowing you’ll have access to our 24/7 in-house laboratory.

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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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Heads Up, Parents: Watch Out For Concussions!

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A new school year means it’s time for football season to start. As a parent, you are your player’s biggest cheerleader, on and off the field. While you support and cheer you should also watch out for concussions. It is estimated that 300,000 high school athletes experience a concussion each year. While you might think that an overwhelming amount of these concussions occur during the player’s games, a new study shows otherwise.

This study found that for youth, high school, and collegiate football players, a majority of concussions happened during practices. Practice tends to have more people playing, more player-to-player contact, and more opportunities for potential injuries. Implementing safer practice strategies that focus on limiting player-to-player contact and other potential injuries can help reduce the risks that football players face.

Another way to reduce the negative effects of sports concussions is to watch for warning signs and ensure players seek treatment early if they do sustain a concussion while playing. Beware: warning signs are not always what you think!

“Loss of consciousness does not have to occur to have a concussion,” says Dr. Brian Aldred, medical director of Five Star ER in Round Rock. “Actually, it only occurs in about 10 percent of concussions.”

Talking to your child and making sure they understand the dangers of a concussion, and when to report it, is also important! According to one survey, 75% of high school athletes said they would continue playing with an injury to win a game. Additionally, studies show that athletes may not even report a concussion or injury for fear of missing a game or letting down their teammates.

Help keep players safe on and off the field by knowing how to spot a concussion. Warning signs of a potential concussion include:

  • Headache
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
  • Dizziness or seeing stars
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nasuea
  • Vomiting
  • Mood changes
  • Fatigue
  • Delayed response to questions

If you think your athlete is suffering from a concussion, it is critical to seek medical attention. Five Star ER will get you in and out, and feeling better fast, because your emergency matters to us!

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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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Don’t Bring Foodborne Illness to Your Next Get-Together

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If there is one thing Texans are known for, it’s BBQ and summer backyard get-togethers! But what many people don’t know is that the warmer weather can invite a lot of unwanted guests to your next cookout, picnic or outdoor party in the form of bacteria and foodborne illness. Yes, you read that right: foodborne illnesses increase during the summer. The reason why is twofold: (1) bacteria multiply faster in warmer temperatures, and (2) preparing food outdoors makes safe food handling more difficult.

“People think of burns and other grilling mishaps when they think of outdoor food emergencies this time of year, but in reality, emergency rooms see many patients during the summer who get sick from eating salads and other food that has been in the heat too long,” said Marysol Imler, RN, vice president of Five Star ER.

Cooking Outdoors

One challenge of cooking outdoors is the lack of safety controls that an indoor kitchen provides such as a refrigerator and a sink to wash hands and food. Foodborne bacteria grow fastest at temperatures between 90 and 110°F. During the summer months, the warmer temperatures and higher humidity are ideal for bacterial growth. This means that food items that are not properly cleaned, cooked or stored can lead to someone getting sick.

Before your next outdoor party, picnic, BBQ or camping trip, review these four simple steps to keep food safe: clean, separate, cook and chill.

Clean: Make sure your hands are clean and wash them often to prevent the spread of germs!

  • If possible, wash hands under running water for at least 20 seconds using warm water and plenty of soap.
  • If a sink is not available (say you’re camping), bring water for preparation and cleaning or pack clean, wet, disposable washcloths, moist towelettes and paper towels for cleaning hands and surfaces.

Separate: Keep raw and cooked foods away from each other! Improper handling of food, kitchen tools and surfaces can cause microorganisms to transfer from raw to cooked food. Cross-contamination during preparation, grilling, and serving food is a prime cause of foodborne illness.

  • Use separate plates and utensils to keep foods separate.
  • When packing items in a cooler, use bags/wrap to keep raw meats and their juices from coming into contact with other foods.

Cook: Use a thermometer to prevent foodborne illness. Food safety experts agree that food is safely cooked when it is heated for a long enough time and at a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria that cause foodborne illness. Using a food thermometer is the only way to ensure the safety of meat, poultry, seafood and egg products.

  • Cook all raw meats and poultry to the minimum safe internal temperatures:
    • Poultry (whole, pieces & ground): 165 °F /74 °C
    • Ground meats: 160 °F /71 °C
    • Beef, pork, lamb and veal (steaks, roasts & chops): 145 °F /63 °C

Chill: Foods left out and not stored properly are a breeding ground for bacteria that cause foodborne illness.

  • Cold, refrigerated, perishable foods like luncheon meats, cooked meats, chicken, and potato or pasta salads should be kept in an insulated cooler packed with several inches of ice, ice packs or containers of frozen water.
  • Consider packing canned beverages in one cooler, and perishable food in another cooler, because the beverage cooler may be opened frequently causing the temperature inside of the cooler to fluctuate and become unsafe.
  • While driving, keep the cooler in the coolest part of the car. Once outside, place it in the shade or out of the sun whenever possible.
  • Preserve the cold temperature of the cooler by replenishing the ice as soon as it starts to melt.

 

Friends, family and food: nothing is better and more fun than summer get-togethers! But if things end up a little less than fun, we’re here to help. We’ll get you in and out and feeling better fast, because your emergency matters to us! Click to find the Five Star ER location nearest you: http://fivestarer.com/locations

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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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Your Body Isn’t Thrilled About Humid Days Either

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Texas summers are known to be hot, but when coupled with high humidity, the weather here can be brutal. While hot, humid weather can make anyone uncomfortable, it can also be deadly. Read on to learn how humidity affects the body’s ability to cool down on summer days, as well as warning signs to watch out for.

Why Humidity Matters

One reason humidity makes hot weather more unbearable is that the higher the relative humidity, the higher the temperature feels. For example, an outside temperature of 95° feels like 95° when the relative humidity is 30%. When the humidity is increased to 65%, that same 95° feels like a whopping 117°! A heat index chart factors relative humidity into temperature to provide a more accurate assessment of what the temperature feels like.

Today we are talking about heat and dehydration

Posted by Five Star ER on Wednesday, August 3, 2016

When outside temperatures approach the temperature of the human body (about 98°), the body undergoes a series of changes to help keep it cool, even if you are not exercising. The body cools itself by opening pores on the skin and releasing water and salts (sweat). As the water evaporates, it transfers the body’s heat to the air. But humidity prevents sweat from evaporating, so the body’s heat stays put.

The concentration of water in the air, relative to the temperature (relative humidity), determines the rate at which the water can evaporate from the skin. When the air is holding more moisture (relative to the total moisture it could hold at that temperature), it is harder for the air to absorb the sweat from our skin. The result? We sweat and sweat, but instead of feeling any relief, we simply feel hot and sticky.

High Humidity Can Be Dangerous

The problem with high humidity making us feel hotter is not just that we are more uncomfortable, but that our core temperature is actually rising, and our bodies compensate by working harder and harder to cool us down. When sweating doesn’t work to cool us down and we continue to heat up, heat exhaustion results, which causes loss of the water, salt, and chemicals that the body needs.

Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Pale, clammy skin
  • Thirst
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness, fainting
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Muscle and abdominal cramps
  • Mild temperature elevations
  • Weakness

Key ways to avoid overheating are first, to be aware of not only the temperature, but the heat index; to drink plenty of water; and to take it easy, slow down, and cool off when noticing any sign of fatigue, headache, or increased pulse.

“You have to stay hydrated,” says Dr. Brian Aldred, medical director of Five Star ER in Round Rock, TX. “Cover up your skin with loose-fitting clothing as much as possible, stay out of the direct heat as much as possible, obviously sun screen and hats and visors are helpful to protect your skin, and just drink lots of fluids.”

Texas summers wouldn’t be the same without venturing into the great outdoors. But if things end up a little less than fun, we’re here to help. We’ll get you in and out and feeling better fast, because your emergency matters to us! Click to find the Five Star ER location nearest you: http://fivestarer.com/locations

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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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Don’t Be a Statistic: Drive Safe This July 4th Weekend

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AmbulancesPlanning on traveling this Fourth of July weekend? You’re not alone! A record 44.2 million people are planning to travel to celebrate America’s independence and 37.5 million of those people plan to drive to their destination. With more cars on the road this time of year it’s no accident that the July 4th weekend is one of the deadliest each year.

In fact, 36 people in Texas died last year during the July 4th weekend, more than any other holiday weekend except for New Year’s. The record-setting number of fatalities this time of year is a combination of increased drunk driving and a large number of motorcycles on the road. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, alcohol was a factor in 47% of July 4th traffic fatalities. The normal daily average is only 35%. For motorcycle riders, there is an average of 26 deaths on July 4th, compared to the normal daily average of 12.1 the rest of the year.

“With all of the parties and festivities such as Fourth of July, I have seen so many young people die in motor vehicle crashes during the summer months,” says Dr. Brian Aldred, medical director at Five Star ER in Round Rock. “These victims are often recent graduates, new parents, even newly licensed drivers. They had their whole life in front of them only to have it cut short by drunk driving or being killed by a drunk driver.”

Fortunately, it is possible to enjoy Fourth of July festivities without causing an accident! Before you hit the road to celebrate this long holiday weekend, make sure you take steps to avoid an auto accident.

  • Designate a sober driver, call a cab or use a ride-share: If you are planning on drinking, make plans for how you will get home. See whether one of your friends or relatives is willing to be the designated driver. If everyone wants a cocktail or two, plan on using a taxi or calling a ride-sharing service.
  • Provide alcohol-free refreshments: If you are the host, ensure your designated drivers have something refreshing to enjoy. Mix up some alcohol-free cocktails so they can feel like part of the fun without the negative consequences.
  • Plan an overnight celebration: If you and your social group like to party hard, consider an overnight celebration at someone’s home, a hotel, or an Airbnb. That way everyone can enjoy good food, great drinks, a late night, and sleep it all off before heading home the next day.
  • Drive carefully: Even if you are sober and ready to drive, others on the road might not be. Never speed on your way home and keep a watchful eye out for swerving or erratic drivers. If someone is one the road who clearly should not be, immediately call the vehicle and its license number into the police. It could save someone’s life.

Road trips and traveling are part of summer fun. But if things end up a little less than fun, we’re here to help. We’ll get you in and out and feeling better fast, because your emergency matters to us! Click to find the Five Star ER location nearest you: http://fivestarer.com/locations

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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. Find the location nearest you.

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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Fireworks Safety: Light Up the Night and Stay Safe!

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Fireworks Danger

The 4th of July wouldn’t be the same without backyard barbecues, parades, and of course, fireworks! While firework displays are a great way to celebrate, make sure you and everyone in your family know about firework safety. Even the smallest fireworks (yes, sparklers included!) can send someone to the ER.

Unfortunately, there are no such things as “safe” fireworks. If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burn and eye injuries in both kids and adults. Over 30 percent of the 5,200 injuries from fireworks each year happen to children—most of which are from sparklers, novelty devices, and aerial devices. These injuries include burns, lacerations, and even partial finger amputations. The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend a local public firework displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.

If you do choose to use fireworks at home, here are a few safety guidelines from the National Fire Protection Association to follow:

  1. Always check local laws and regulations. Anything that’s banned is also unregulated, which means it could be dangerous. Also, don’t purchase any professional-grade products to use at home. You’ll know a product isn’t meant for home use, because it won’t have colorful packaging or safety labeling meant for consumers and may instead look generic or be sold in a brown paper bag.
  2. Don’t let kids touch or light fireworks. While some fireworks–like sparklers–may seem harmless, they can cause serious injury. In fact, sparklers burn at 2,000 degrees which is equal to a blow torch and is hot enough to melt some metals.
  3. Plan ahead. Before you light any fireworks at home, make sure to have a bucket of water or garden hose ready. Always light fireworks one at a time and never try to get close or relight a firework that fails to go off.
  4. Be smart! Never throw fireworks or point them toward another person. Also don’t shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  5. Prevent fires. After a firework is finished, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash or grass fire.

If you get burned by fireworks, you may also need the professionals to treat your injuries. Second-degree burns are characterized by blisters, swollen skin, and significant pain, according to Dr. Greg Hadden, medical director at Five Star ER-Dripping Springs. Run the injured area under cool water (not ice water) to relieve pain and reduce heat, then apply antibiotic ointment and loosely bandage with clean gauze. More serious second- and third-degree burns require an ER evaluation and may even warrant referral to a specialist.

Enjoying fireworks and relaxing in the great outdoors are part of summer fun. But if things end up a little less than fun, we’re here to help. We’ll get you in and out and feeling better fast, because your emergency matters to us! Click to find the Five Star ER location nearest you: http://fivestarer.com/locations

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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. Find the location nearest you.

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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Don’t Let Grilling Injuries Ruin Your Summer Cookout

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Grill Safety 101Fire? Check. Food? Check. Alcohol? Check. What could possibly go wrong when grilling outdoors? As it turns out, a whole lot! According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 18,000 people are sent to the ER each year because of grilling-related accidents. Summer is in full swing in Central Texas, and there’s no better time than now to freshen up on grilling safety! Take a look at our Grill Safety 101 survival guide that will help you and your family have a safe barbecuing season!

 

Safety Tip #1

Keep anything (or anyone) that can be burned away from the grill. Never leave a lit grill unattended, especially if children or pets are around. Clothing like shirt tails, sleeves or apron strings can also easily catch fire so be sure to wear appropriate clothes and to make sure they don’t come into contact with open flames. Finally, never try to move a lit or hot grill. And remember, the grill will stay hot for at least an hour after use.

Safety Tip #2

Use long-handled utensils such as spatulas, tongs, forks and brushes designed specifically for grilling to avoid getting too close to the flames.

Safety Tip #3

Don’t leave perishables out for more than one hour to prevent bacteria from growing. The temperature “danger zone” is between 70° F and 130° F, where it is estimated that harmful bacteria can rapidly multiply as often as every 10 minutes. It’s scary to think about, but each year more than 400,000 people suffer from foodborne illness after eating contaminated food.

Safety Tip #4

Keep cooked meats away from raw meats. Using the same platter or utensils that previously held raw meat, poultry, or seafood allows bacteria from the raw food’s juices to spread to the cooked food. Instead, have a clean platter and utensils ready at grill-side to serve your food.

Safety Tip #5

Always use a thermometer to ensure food is cooked to the minimum internal temperature to destroy harmful bacteria.

 

Grilling and relaxing in the great outdoors is part of summer fun. But if things end up a little less than fun, we’re here to help. We’ll get you in and out and feeling better fast, because your emergency matters to us! Click to find the Five Star ER nearest you: http://fivestarer.com/locations

 

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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. Find the location nearest you.

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!

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