Know the Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

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Spring break is that time of year when college students head out with friends to take a break from studies. SXSW and other spring break activities are fun, but you should be aware of the dangers of binge drinking.

Five Star ER Medical Director, Dr. Greg Hadden says “Visits to the ER for alcohol intoxication have surged in the last decade. Being irresponsible with alcohol consumption can lead to a costly ER bill, severe injury to the intoxicated person, and sometimes even death. Each year thousands of young healthy people die from just consuming alcohol irresponsibly. Even more die from the poor decisions that they make while intoxicated such as driving, boating, etc.”

What is Alcohol Poisoning?

Alcohol poisoning is defined as having a very high level of alcohol in the body which can shut down critical areas of the brain that control breathing, heart rate, body temperature and more. Without medical help, a person suffering from alcohol poisoning can die. Consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time is referred to as binge drinking and is the most common cause of alcohol poisoning.

What Are The Signs of Alcohol Poisoning?

Common signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning include confusion, vomiting, seizures, slow or irregular breathing and low body temperature. However, it’s not necessary to have all the symptoms before you seek medical help. If you suspect that someone has alcohol poisoning, seek immediate medical care. A person with alcohol poisoning who is unconscious or can’t be awakened is at risk of dying.

Who Is At Risk For Alcohol Poisoning?

While any adult who consumes a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time is at risk for alcohol poisoning, college students are more likely to binge drink.
According to one study, during spring break the average college aged male reported drinking 18 drinks per day and the average college aged female reported up to 10 drinks per day – an amount well above the safe levels of alcohol consumption. Researchers estimate that around 50% of college students will drink until they pass out at least one time during spring break. 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each school year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.

How Do You Prevent Alcohol Poisoning?

Nobody wants to eliminate the fun of spring break, but you should always make safety a priority. Here are a few tips:

1. Stay hydrated
2. Avoid having several drinks during a short period of time
3. Know your own alcohol limits
4. Don’t drink and drive
5. Seek emergency medical help if you suspect alcohol poisoning
About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, L.P., a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for more than 28 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. To find the location nearest you, click here.

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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5 Tips For Staying Safe During Spring Break

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Whether your idea of spring break fun is relaxing at the neighborhood pool or going on a family trip to the beach, these tips can keep you and your family safe!

1. Limit Alcohol

Spring break is a time to relax and unwind, but don’t overdo it! According to the CDC, alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes kill someone every 31 minutes and nonfatally injure someone every two minutes. Plan for a sober ride home or use a designated driver to prevent alcohol related accidents and injuries.

2. Have Fun In The Sun But Don’t Get Burned!

Using sunscreen does more than just prevent sunburns, it helps prevent skin cancer caused by the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying sunscreen at least 15 minutes prior to going outside and to make sure you are using a sunscreen that is water resistant, offers broad spectrum protection and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.

If you do end up getting a sunburn, use these tips from Five Star ER Medical Director Dr. Brian Aldred on how to treat it!
https://youtu.be/eKCG69BdNB4

3. Seek Shade

The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so if you are headed outdoors during that time make sure to seek shade, and rest often to avoid overheating. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses is also a good idea!

4. Swim Safely

Swimming is an easy way to beat the central Texas heat, but always make sure you and your children are swimming safely! One in five people who die from drowning are 14 years old or younger. To avoid drowning accidents, children should never swim alone and should always be wearing proper swim equipment like life jackets and flotation devices.

5. Stay Hydrated

Whether you are exercising outside, at the pool, or relaxing in the sun you can easily become dehydrated if you don’t drink enough fluids. Thirst is often the most common symptom of dehydration, but there are additional warning signs to watch out for including dry mouth, fatigue, flushed skin, and a headache. Watch this short video to learn ways to stay hydrated.
https://youtu.be/NEaJk8PN660?t=50s

About Five Star ER
Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, L.P., a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for more than 28 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. To find the location nearest you, click here.

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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Five Star ER Live With Dr. Ken Domuczicz

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March is National Kidney Health Month! Our most recent #WellnessWednesday Facebook Live Segment on March 8 featured Five Star ER Doctor Ken Domuczicz on the topic of kidney stones, a common kidney problem that affects nearly one out of every ten Americans.

Each year, more than half a million people go to emergency rooms for kidney stone problems. While kidney stones are rarely fatal, they can be extremely painful.
If you missed our Facebook live segment, watch it now!

 

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Take Action

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Take Action to Show Your Support for Freestanding Emergency Centers

Reach out to your statewide elected official and show your support for Freestanding Emergency Centers like Five Star ER. Click HERE to send an email to your representatives.

Freestanding Emergency Centers like Five Star ER do more than treat patients in need of emergency medical care; they provide convenient access to highly trained emergency doctors and nurses that are able to treat patients in a matter of minutes. More and more patients are choosing freestanding emergency rooms over traditional hospitals due to the quality, convenience and high customer satisfaction ratings.

Even with all the benefits freestanding emergency rooms bring to the communities they serve, they are often criticized for leaving patients with “surprise bills” after a visit. However, freestanding emergency rooms charges are comparable to a traditional hospital ER. So why are freestanding emergency rooms being blamed for high out-of-pocket costs?

One reason is due to how health insurance companies are underpaying emergency medical claims. The Texas Department of Insurance recently found that health insurance companies wrongfully withheld $457,000 from patient visits to freestanding emergency rooms in 2016 alone. This was based on an analysis of only 417 total claims. That amounts to an average of $1,096 per claim owed by the insurance companies to providers and their patients.

Texas health care statutes, and federal law, require that insurance companies cover ER visits as in-network. It’s called the Prudent Layperson Standard. Read more about that – and your rights as a patient – here.

Based on this small sample of complaints, it is clear that many millions of dollars are being wrongfully withheld from health care providers that treat patients who have a right to expect that their medical bills will be paid on time and in the amounts required by the insurance contracts and Texas law and that’s why we need your help!

Like all freestanding emergency rooms, Five Star ER is committed to providing patients with clear and transparent billing procedures and we feel health insurance companies should be required to do the same. Use this link to reach out to your statewide elected officials and share your positive experience at Five Star ER. The stories of our patients are critical as we tell our story and educate legislators about what FECs do and the services they provide.

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Five Star ER Live With Dr. Janna Welch & Dr. Shelly Sethi

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February is Heart Heath Month and we have been celebrating all month long here at Five Star ER! Our most recent #WellnessWednesday Facebook Live Segment on February 22 featured Dr. Janna Welch and special guest Dr. Shelly Sethi on heart health and wellness.

During our live segment, Dr. Sethi gave valuable heart heath information including answers to the following questions:

What kind of diet is best for cardiovascular health?

With a busy schedule, how can you fit fitness in your life?

What can you do to work out while at work?

What can people do to manage stress and weight?

Five Star ER Dr. Janna Welch also talked about the 2017 It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, presented by HEB. The Challenge is a 12-week competition that unites and mobilizes schools, businesses, organizations, community members, and mayors toward the common goal of transforming their community’s health. Dr. Welch is an individual participant in the Dripping Springs community and is asking that everyone to join in and commit to better health! Click here to register and sign up.

Dr. Shelly Sethi is a board-certified family physician with an emphasis on integrative and functional medicine. Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.

If you didn’t make the live stream, watch it here!

 

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Top 5 Reasons To Learn CPR

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Top 5 Reasons To Learn CPR

Did you know nearly 88% of cardiac arrests occur at home? That means if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. CPR is easy to learn and an important skill to have – you could end up saving someone’s life!

Here are five great reasons to learn CPR and get certified today!

1. CPR Saves Lives

More than 420,000 people suffer from cardiac arrest in the U.S. each year. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops and is no longer delivering blood to the rest of the body. For every minute without defibrillation, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chance of surviving drops. It is critical for as many people as possible to be trained to perform CPR.

2. Anyone Can Perform CPR

National statistics have shown that only 15 to 30 percent of people who experience sudden cardiac arrests outside of hospitals receive bystander CPR. When people are asked why they would not give CPR, a very common answer is that they never received training. Learning how to perform CPR can be done in as little as a few minutes!

3. Mouth-to- Mouth Resuscitation Is Not Required

It’s not surprising that another reason people do not perform CPR is because they believe mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is required. In 2010 the guidelines for performing CPR were changed, and the American Heart Association now says that if you do not feel comfortable, or have not received formal training, you should attempt hands-only CPR. Hands-only CPR has been shown to be just as effective for many adults who experience sudden cardiac arrest.

4. Most Cardiac Arrests Happen At Home

Nearly 88% of cardiac arrests happen at home which means if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.

5. Hands Only CPR is Easy to Learn!

Recently, Five Star ER Medical Director Dr. Mike Zimmerman participated in our #WellnessWednesday Facebook live segment to show how easy it is to learn CPR. If you didn’t catch the live stream, watch it now and learn how to perform CPR for adults and young children.

 

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American Heart Month

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American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. With February being American Heart Month, now is a great time to commit to leading a heart healthy lifestyle.

What is Heart Disease?

Heart disease includes numerous problems, many of which are related to a process called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a condition that develops when a substance called plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. This buildup narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through. If a blood clot forms, it can stop the blood flow. This can cause a heart attack or stroke.

Who is at Risk for Heart Disease?

Heart disease affects both men and women. According to the CDC, about half of all Americans have at least one of the three key risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. Additionally, obesity and uncontrolled diabetes can contribute to your risk for developing heart disease. Some of the risk factors for heart disease cannot be controlled, such as your age or family history. But you can take steps to lower your risk by changing the factors you can control.

Medical Director Dr. Brian Aldred says, “Do not ignore the warning signs of heart disease such as chest pain, shortness of breath (especially with exertion), irregular heart beat or palpitations, and dizziness or fainting spells. If any of these symptoms are severe, you should call 911. One of the best healthy lifestyle interventions to reduce your chance of heart disease and strokes is following the Mediterranean diet.”

What Can You Do To Lower Your Risk?

The best way to help prevent heart disease is to lead a heart healthy lifestyle. By living a healthy lifestyle, you can help keep your blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels normal and lower your risk for heart disease and heart attack. A healthy lifestyle includes the following:

1. Eating a healthy diet.

Eating foods low in saturated fats, trans fat, and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high cholesterol. Limiting salt (sodium) in your diet also can lower your blood pressure.

2. Maintaining a healthy weight.

If you have too much fat — especially around your waist — you’re at higher risk for health problems, including high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

3. Getting enough physical activity.

Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels. For adults, the Surgeon General recommends 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, like brisk walking or bicycling, every week.

4. Not smoking or using other forms of tobacco.

Smoking damages the lining of your arteries, leading to a buildup of fatty material (atheroma) which narrows the artery. This can cause angina, a heart attack or a stroke.

5. Limiting alcohol use.
Avoid drinking too much alcohol, which can raise your blood pressure.

Take The Five Star ER Heart Health Challenge

During the month of February, Five Star ER is challenging everyone to start one new heart healthy behavior and keep it going all year long! Not sure how to get started? Look at these ideas!

1. Check your blood pressure
2. Quit smoking
3. Add 10 minutes of exercise to your daily routine
4. Swap one unhealthy food for one healthy food
5. Lower your sodium intake by using spices instead of salt while cooking
6. Learn to better manage stress and anger
7. Know your family’s history of heart disease
8. Reduce your alcohol use
9. Know the signs of a heart attack and stroke
10. Involve your family and friends!

About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, L.P., a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for more than 28 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. To find the location nearest you, click here.
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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Does this need stitches?

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While minor cuts and scrapes will heal on their own, it is important to seek medical help for large cuts or wounds to prevent infection and ensure proper healing.

should I get stitches for my child?Small cuts or accidental puncture wounds happen to everyone from time to time and usually heal on their own with the help of soap and water and a bandage. According to Five Star ER Medical Director, Dr. Ken Domuczicz, “One of the most important aspects of wound care is the appropriate cleaning of the wound. This prevents infection and helps wounds heal faster and without infection.” For larger cuts or more serious injuries, stitches or sutures may be used to help close the wound, prevent infection and minimize scarring.

So how can you tell when stitches are needed and when they are not? Unfortunately, the answer is not as clear cut as it may seem. If you are uncertain of how serious an injury is or if you have any of the signs below, it may be best for you to seek medical attention.

 

When to Get Evaluated by a Medical Professional

It’s not always easy to tell if a cut requires stitches or if you need a medical evaluation. Ultimately, it’s up to your health care provider to determine if stitches are needed. You should seek medical care for any cut that:

– Is more than ¼ inch deep or ¾ inches long
– Has jagged edges or is gaping open so that the edges cannot be pressed together
– Continues to bleed after 15 minutes of direct pressure
– Is located across a joint (there may be damage to nerves, tendons or ligaments)
– Is the result of an animal bite
– Is the result of a contaminated, dirty or rusty object
– Is on the face or another body part where scarring may be a concern

What to Expect When Getting Stitches

We understand the thought of getting stitches after an injury can be scary. If your health care provider has determined that you need stitches here some things you can expect.

  1. Your health care provider may administer local anesthetic to minimize discomfort during the procedure.
  2. An X-ray may be ordered before the stitches are put in to ensure there are no foreign objects or debris in the wound or underneath the skin.
  3. There are several types of stitches that can be used including surgical thread, dissolvable stitches and liquid adhesive.
  4. After the procedure, your health care provider will give you instructions on caring for the wound. These are important as they may include specific instructions on cleaning, bandaging, etc.
  5. Depending on the severity of the cut or wound, stitches may need to be in place for several days or a few weeks.
    About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, L.P., a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for more than 28 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 and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes. To find the location nearest you, click here.

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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Ready, Set, No! Common Fall Sport Injuries and How to Treat Them

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Injuries can happen to any child who plays sports, but knowing what to do after an injury occurs can help your kids get back in the game faster.

In a recent report, 90% of young athletes say they have been injured while playing a sport. In a separate survey, 54% of athletes who suffered an injury did not report it to their coach or parents in fear that they might miss an important game or let their team down. Youth sports not only helps kids stay healthy, they also promote a range of mental and psychological skills that can help later in life. Unfortunately, kids who play sports are also at risk for injuries that could have serious consequences if left untreated.

Sports Injury Children Emergency RoomDo you know how to spot the most common youth sport injuries? Read on to test your knowledge and learn when to seek medical help.

Sprains

Sprains are injuries to a ligament which is the tissue that connects two or more bones to a joint. When a sprain occurs, one or more ligaments is stretched or torn. While many activities can cause a sprain, they are more common in sports due to players falling, twisting or landing in a way that causes damage. Ankle sprains are most common.

Pain, swelling and bruising are the most common symptoms of a sprain. In most cases, the best treatment for a sprain is the R.I.C.E. method which stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. To learn more about the R.I.C.E. method watch this short video featuring Five Star ER Nurse Katelin Nicholes.

Even with appropriate treatment there are times that you should seek emergency medical help for sprains. Severe sprains may require surgery to repair torn ligaments.

Strains

Strains are injuries to a muscle or tendon. Tendons are the tissue that connects muscle to bone. When a strain occurs, the tendon or muscle is stretched or torn. Much likes sprains, strains are common in sports due to players falling, twisting or landing in a way that causes damage to a tendon. Strains can also occur from overstressing muscles or certain actives like lifting a heavy object the wrong way.

Pain, swelling, cramping and muscle weakness are the most common symptoms of a strain. In most cases, the best treatment for a strain is the R.I.C.E. method which stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. To learn more about the R.I.C.E. method watch this short video featuring Five Star ER Nurse Katelin Nicholes.

Just like sprains, strains may need to be evaluated by a medical professional to ensure surgery is not needed for a serious tear.

Contusions

Contusion is another word for bruise, which most people are familiar with. Bruises can be caused by the force of a hard surface against the body that does not break the skin. After an injury, blood will pool underneath the skin’s surface which causes the discoloration of the skin that most people associate with a bruise.
In most cases, bruises are mild and can also be treated with the R.I.C.E. method.

Fractures

A fracture, also referred to as a broken bone, is the complete or partial break of a bone. Fractures are the second most common sports injury after sprains and strains.

The most common signs of a fracture are pain, swelling and deformity of the injured area (may look like a lump or a change in the shape of the limb). In some cases, broken bones can be hard to identify if the break is non-displaced meaning the two pieces of bone are in line with one another. Because of this it is important to have injuries assessed by a medical professional to determine if x-rays or other tests are needed. To learn more about diagnosing and treating fractures watch this short video featuring Five Star ER Nurse Katelin Nicholes.

Concussions

Head impacts and concussions caused by contact sports are a quickly growing epidemic among young athletes. When left undetected, concussions can result in long-term brain damage and may even prove fatal. Dr. Greg Hadden, Medical Director at Five Star ER in Dripping Springs, says, “It’s important for parents and coaches to be aware of the injuries that can happen in youth sports. Youth athletes tend to underreport injuries and symptoms of injuries. If you feel that you child is injured, have them evaluated by a trained medical professional before they return to sports so that the injury doesn’t worsen and they can heal appropriately.” One recent study shows reported concussions are up 500% since 2010 in youth sports across the U.S. with most them happening during the months of September and October.

A concussion is a type of brain injury and occurs when a bump or blow to the head causes the brain to shift inside the skull. Because you cannot see a concussion, the signs and symptoms may not be immediately apparent. Common symptoms include headache, nausea or vomiting, balance problems or dizziness, blurry vision, sensitivity to light and sound, trouble concentrating, confusion and feeling sluggish/hazy/foggy or groggy. To learn more about signs and symptoms of a concussion watch this short video featuring Five Star ER Medical Director Dr. Brian Aldred.
It is important to seek medical attention right away if your child has a head injury or is experiencing signs of a concussion.

About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, L.P., a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for more than 28 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 and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes. To find the location nearest you, click here.

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Five Star ER Awarded Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation from the Joint Commission

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National Accreditation Earned for Meeting Highest Standard of Patient Care

Austin, TX, July 19, 2016 Five Star ER today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally recognized standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Five Star ER earned the accreditation through a rigorous review during an unannounced onsite survey, patient care and facility evaluation. During the review, a team of Joint Commission surveyors with expertise in ambulatory health care, evaluated compliance with ambulatory care standards related to a variety of areas, including coordination of care, monitoring for procedures that involve use of sedation or anesthesia, infection prevention and control, management of medications, and patient education and training.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes contributing to improvements in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the demonstration of leading practices within the ambulatory setting,” said Michael Kulczycki, M.B.A., CAE, executive director, Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Five Star ER and its staff for achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality. Your passion, dedication and tenacity can ultimately improve patient care. Thank you for your commitment to patient safety and entrusting The Joint Commission to assist you.”

“Our goal for Five Star ER has always been to provide the highest quality of emergency services in an environment where patients feel safe, understood and cared for in a compassionate, responsive manner,” said Marysol Imler, Vice President of Five Star ER. “We’re proud to receive this accreditation from The Joint Commission, and our staff from across our organization will continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.”

Established in 1975, The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program encourages high-quality patient care in all types of freestanding ambulatory care facilities. Today, the Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program serves 2,100 ambulatory care providers, with more than 8,500 sites of care, which, in turn, serve more than 83 million patient visits annually.

The Joint Commission’s ambulatory health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER, based in Austin, Texas, is a freestanding emergency department owned and operated by Emergency Service Partners (ESP), a physician-owned group providing emergency medical care in Central Texas emergency rooms since 1988. ESP is also the exclusive provider of emergency physician services to the Seton Healthcare Family. Five Star ER, in partnership with the Seton Healthcare Family, leverages the existing relationship to offer continuity of care should there be a need for patient transfer. Operational hours for Five Star ER facilities are 24/7/365.

About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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