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12/Dec/2019

Hear the words “emergency room,” and what used to come to mind may have been crowded waiting rooms and chaos. But over the last decade, that expectation has begun to change, as freestanding emergency room facilities have expanded access, bringing emergency room and urgent care type services closer to home. The result is a setting devoted to quality treatment, community service, and lower wait times.

Yet still a lack of understanding persists about who and what emergency rooms like Laredo ER are designed to treat. In answer, Laredo Emergency Room can be your first line of access to treatment in virtually any emergency.

If you or someone you know experience symptoms like these, it’s time to head to Laredo Emergency Room:

Sudden severe headache, confusion, or trouble with breathing, speaking, walking, moving, or seeing

Fainting or dizziness and/or weakness that does not resolve with rest or that is felt on one side of the body

Broken bones, heavy bleeding, and serious wounds, burns, or pain

High fever that does not improve with medications or that is accompanied by headache and stiff neck

Vomiting (especially of blood) or loose stools that do not improve

Pain in the chest, arm, or jaw, which can indicate heart attack

Poisoning by fumes or smoke inhalation – or overdose of drugs or alcohol

Suicidal thoughts

Seizures

Serious allergic reactions

Severe nausea or abdominal pain

Pneumonia and related complications

When more specialized treatment or overnight observation is needed, Laredo Emergency Room can still ensure your condition is made stable enough for the transport via ambulance to out-of-neighborhood hospitals.

With such a broad range of services provided at freestanding emergency rooms, suburban communities have faster access to 24/7 treatment, imaging, and testing and can avoid the longer travel distances and wait times associated with hospital-based emergency departments. With so much to offer, including board-certified emergency physicians and expert staff, it’s no wonder freestanding emergency rooms are experiencing such growth.

We’ve got you covered

As for who Laredo Emergency Room treats, the answer is in our insurance acceptance. Laredo ER accepts all major insurance providers, including Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, and BlueCross BlueShield of Texas. We also offer payment plans to help families get the treatment you need while staying in a budget that works for you.

At Laredo Emergency Room, we hope you never experience a medical emergency. But if you do, we’re here to help.

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12/Dec/2019

Hurricane season can be a scary time in Texas. Even though Laredo is not directly on the gulf coast, we have still felt the effects of storms like Hurricane Harvey. Flooding from rain saturating the ground and filling the Rio Grande River can be frightening and devastating, leaving people in Laredo and surrounding areas without power, or even without their homes. Severe weather events can make us all feel helpless, but there are steps you can take before, during, and after a storm to not only help prevent home and property damage but also make the recovery process a little easier for you and your family.

Storm Preparedness

The first step is to prepare when there is not a weather emergency on the horizon. Take steps to educate yourself and know your area’s risk for severe weather and flooding. Laredo Weather is prone to almost every extreme weather situation (other than snow), so it’s important to be prepared for thunderstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes that can bring large amounts of rain, strong winds, and damaging hail. Watch for any warning signs and be aware if you are in an area that is at risk for flash flooding. Depending on your location, it’s good to be aware of evacuation routes. Create a plan with your family or loved ones in advance of severe weather arriving so that everyone knows what to do and where to go should the worst-case scenario take place. If there is a significant threat looming, be sure to stock up on emergency necessities like water, food, flashlights, batteries, and first aid supplies.

During the Storm

This might seem like a no-brainer, but try to stay indoors during a storm. If the power goes out, try to avoid using candles and opt for flashlights instead. Avoid going outside unless absolutely necessary. If you are caught outside, try to find high ground to hunker down. Floodwaters can be contaminated with sewage or contain wildlife from the river, so do not try to walk or play in them.

After the Storm

The most challenging aspect of storm recovery can be what happens after the storm is over. If your house has flooded, or has even taken on just a small amount of water, it’s important to act quickly to prevent mold from forming. When it comes to flood cleanup, you will need to:

Throw away all materials that cannot be thoroughly cleaned. Be sure to take photos of all of your damaged property for insurance purposes.

Wash all curtains, rugs, clothing, bedding, and upholstery with at minimum soap and water, but use bleach wherever possible.

Dry all of your flooded areas thoroughly. Any area of your home that stays wet for more than 48 hours can grow mold. It’s best to throw away anything that cannot be dried completely. Run your kitchen and bathroom ventilation systems to keep air flowing through the house.

If your house has sustained a significant amount of flooding, hire a professional to help you clean up. Surfaces like drywall and insulation can be tough to properly remove once they are overrun with mold and can end up making you and your family sick.

It’s impossible to control the weather, and mother nature has thrown us some rough storms in recent years, but hopefully, with these tips, you will be better prepared for when the worst-case scenario comes around again.

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12/Dec/2019

When it comes to your child, emergency room visits are considered a part of the package – and millions upon millions of children are seen in ERs like Laredo Emergency Room each year, mostly from unintentional injuries like falls, burns, drowning, poisoning, suffocation, and vehicle crashes. Accidental falls dramatically outrank any other cause of nonfatal injury until the preteen years – and fatal injuries are most commonly caused by suffocation for babies, drowning for toddlers, and vehicle crashes for older children.

With the number of emergency room visits children require, it’s important to know that not every illness or injury is an emergency… but here are some more urgent symptoms to look for, especially in the midst of illness or following an injury:

* Fever that doesn’t respond to medication with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in a baby 2 months or younger, 102 degrees in older babies through 3 years, and 104 degrees in older children.

* Crying that’s inconsolable and constant following an injury

* A bulging or sunken appearance of the soft spot in younger babies or continual rubbing of the head in young children after a fall – or any bruising on the head of a baby less than 2 months old

* Appearance of loss of balance or slurred speech

* Unequal pupils

* Vomiting that comes on after injury or is severe, ongoing, or contains blood

* Significant fatigue or difficulty waking after a fall

* Choking, trouble breathing, or turning blue

* A deep cut and profuse or nonstop bleeding

* A non-blanching, widespread rash over the entire body (if it doesn’t turn white or disappear for a few seconds when you press it, it is non-blanching)

* Stiff neck accompanied by fever and light sensitivity, which can indicate meningitis Keeping Young Children Safe Despite all the unavoidable trouble our curious little ones can get into, there are many ways we can help keep our children safe.

* Supervise young children at all times, especially during active play

* Teach children, even toddlers, how to swim or float

* Insist your children wear helmets for all physical activities like biking and roller skating

* Buckle up your children in seat belts for every trip, no matter how short, and have them ride in the proper seat for their sizes

* Put babies to sleep on their backs, not their tummies. Swaddling can help them stay in the right position Even with these safety measures, accidents happen.

Whether you have an older child or a newborn, emergency room visits are almost inevitable. To care for your baby Laredo Emergency Room can examine your child and treat a variety of emergency conditions, including severe infections, dehydration, and serious injuries. We know that worrying about your child’s health is a natural part of parenting – and we’re here to provide child emergency care and help take some of life’s worries away for parents like you.

 

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12/Dec/2019

When it comes to your eyes, it’s not so easy to take a breath and consider whether a bit of redness or discomfort is an emergency or not.

So, is it?

The answer may be in a study undertaken by the University of Michigan, which revealed that less than 7% of eye-related emergency room visits were true emergencies. What’s more, nearly one in four eye-related ER visits during the study period were for mild, common, non-emergency conditions like pink eye and puffy eyelids.

At Laredo Emergency Room, we see our fair share of non-emergency eye complaints like pink eye, too, so we want to help our patients avoid unnecessary visits to the emergency room by sharing with you more insight on how to tell whether what’s bothering your eyes is a real emergency.

When to Seek Treatment

We recommend you come to Laredo Emergency Room for emergency eye care for the following eye symptoms:

* Sudden light sensitivity, vision loss, or blurring of vision in one or both eyes, with or without pain

* The sudden appearance of floaters, flashes of light, or the appearance of a dark spot in the vision

* Eyes that suddenly don’t move together or pupils that are dilated/constricted unequally

* An object in your eye that won’t come out after irrigation

* A bulging eye

* Bleeding in or from the eye

* Severe pain, swelling, and redness, with or without other symptoms such as nausea

* Severe headaches, especially with affected vision

* Physical injury, such as penetration, scraping, cuts, or burns to the eye, or chemical injury to the eye

Preventing Eye Emergencies

Because symptoms such as fatigue, muscle aches, and headaches can also indicate health issues that can ultimately affect your vision, Laredo Emergency Room recommends that you have regular visits with a primary care physician to make sure chronic conditions are kept under control or caught and treated early.

Regular visits to an ophthalmologist or optometrist also can help catch problems like glaucoma before it damages your sight. You can also prevent serious eye conditions and injuries by wearing protective eye safety goggles or sport glasses during a variety of activities such as working with tools and heavy equipment, activities like biking, sports that involve flying objects such as tennis, racquetball, or baseball, and hobbies like woodworking. Washing your hands can prevent the spread of germs that cause the common cold and also prevent the spread of eye infections, too.

Eye First Aid

In the instance that you do experience an eye injury, there are steps you can take right away before heading to the emergency room. These include:

* Shielding the eye with something like a cup that won’t put pressure on the eye if it is injured

* Cold compress applied to an eye that has been struck with a blunt object

* Irrigation with water for 20-30 minutes for eyes splashed with chemicals. This can be done by holding your eye open with your fingers while placing your eye under a faucet of running water.

Where to Go for Eye Emergency

We know in the midst of an eye emergency that thinking about where to go adds even more stress to an already stressful situation.

 

If you need emergency eye care, the skilled team at Laredo Emergency Room can provide the treatment you need. For more health tips, follow us on Facebook!

Laredo Emergency Room is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


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12/Dec/2019

No one ever plans for a medical emergency to happen, but when it does, you want to be as prepared as possible. You need to know where to seek medical attention, especially those of us that are parents to small children or guardians of the elderly. Having an “idea” versus knowing where to seek the best medical care for emergency situations can make a huge difference in the timeliness and quality of the assistance you receive.

From the outside, a freestanding emergency room and urgent care clinic might appear to be very similar, but through the doors and under the surface there is a lot of vital information that separates the two facilities that a patient should be aware of. In general, a free-standing emergency room compared to an urgent care clinic offers completely different medical services. The first and most basic distinction between the two is a free-standing emergency room will be open 24 hours a day, where an urgent care clinic is only operating within regular business hours.

The most crucial difference between the two types of facilities is dependent on the care a patient seeks. Although both types of establishments market to “immediate” medical attention seekers, if choosing the wrong type of medical aid, help can be delayed for quite some time due to redirection or relocation. It is essential for patients to be able to distinguish between a real medical emergency and symptoms considered urgent. Free-standing emergency rooms are considered best for symptoms that are abnormal or extreme, like broken bones or severe cuts, whereas urgent care is made for handling symptoms that are more run-of-the-mill – experiencing flu-like symptoms, a fever, or a stomach bug. It is also important to note that when you come to an emergency room, you will normally be treated by a board-certified physician. While urgent care centers can be staffed by physicians, more often than not you will be seen by a physician assistant (PA) or nurse practitioner (NP).

Because freestanding emergency rooms are privately owned, they will typically house more advanced medical facilities/equipment and staff trained in various different medical fields. This means that at a free-standing emergency room, not only are you often able to receive an overnight observation but also be given fluids and full serviced lab testing, compared to urgent care counterparts, which are typically hospital-owned facilities only able to give basic care and prescriptions.

As far as price and acceptance of medical insurance goes, because both offer standard services, typically both establishments accept very similar forms of health insurance and payment options. The difference you will find here is all dependent on the facility. We always recommend conducting prior research on insurance acceptance before seeking treatment in order to avoid receiving services that won’t be covered. We hope that this information is helpful to our patients so that the next time you need medical assistance, you will be fully prepped and educated on the best type of facility for their situation.

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12/Dec/2019

Laredo Emergency Room’s mission is to treat every individual that comes through our doors accurately, efficiently, and with compassionate care. We also strive to make you feel as safe and confident in our professional emergency care as possible, leading you and your loved ones to make us your first choice for emergency medical attention.

From treating everything to a stomach ache, asthma, chest pains, and even broken bones, we have much more to offer than just quality emergency medical services. We have been blessed to have a great medical team, comprised of experienced and local caregivers, nurses and other medical staff members and physicians that have trained at the best institutions throughout the country. At our emergency room, you can rest assured that you and your family’s medical needs are in the best care Laredo has to offer.

As soon as you step foot through the doors of our ER, equipped with top-of-the-line medical equipment and testing services, you will be greeted with not only unparalleled compassion but also comfortable waiting area, and a waiting time that is less than half of what you would face in a standard ER, with no appointment necessary. Because our mission is to meet every individual that comes to us with the best medical assistance possible, we accept all major private insurance providers. Along with having comparable costs to a hospital or other emergency rooms, we have various ways a patient can pay for their medical expenses if you don’t see your insurance provider on the list. We understand how difficult surprise medical expenses can be, so if any of our patients need assistance, Laredo Emergency Room will always be willing to work with you to determine the best payment method, without leaving you in a financial bind. Whether you have insurance, or you are a self-pay patient, we will work with you and the budget that you have.

We believe that nothing is more important than get you the best emergency medical care for you and your family, so don’t let a wait time or a payment method get in the way of receiving the assistance you and your loved one need and deserve. Come and experience the best emergency medical care in Laredo, Texas and see why we are trusted by so many members in the community.

 

We are always here for all your emergency needs, but we also pride ourselves in promoting healthy lifestyles. Check out these 5 great places to exercise in Laredo

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12/Dec/2019

Across the nation, sport related injuries are on the rise—and they can contribute to many factors. The physical stress is often too much for the growing bodies of young athletes and wearing the proper safety gear isn’t always enforced. And this just scratches the surface.

Studies have now connected concussions to prolonged participation in football. The condition known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, has led to life-altering physical and mental conditions for many prominent professional athletes. Although sports leagues and schools have sparked nationwide campaigns to help encourage safety in sports at all ages. And though sport related injuries are now on high alert, dangers of suffering injuries are no less alarming. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported the following:

1.) Football accounted for 1, 0240,022 doctor office, emergency room, and hospital visits

2.) Soccer accounted for 368,726 injuries

3.) Cheerleading caused 75,307 injuries

4.) Gymnastics contributed to 67,542 injuries

This is why parents must get involved to keep young athletes safe, in addition to efforts from programs such as Heads Up Football and our very own, here at Laredo Emergency Room. The following are some simple ways you can help protect your child from injuries:

  • 1.) Heart Screenings – Unfortunately, a life of sports is not meant for everyone, especially those of us with heart conditions. It’s never easy to take away something they love, but sometimes that’s the best way to protect our loved ones.
  • 2.) Stretching and Warming Up – To help prepare their body for exercise, make sure they loosen their joints and increase their blood flow by stretching. Encourage them to gently prepare for physical activity by warming up.
  • 3.) Playing with Kids Their Age – Your child can be as large as an older kid and still not as physically mature. Letting them play with them may be too big of a risk and literal hit to take.
  • 4.) Avoiding Excessive Fatigue – Some schools of thought have suggested fatigue contributes to sports-related injuries. Until the cause and correlation are clear, we should not let our children over-extend themselves.
  • 5.) Buying the Right Shoes – Running routes on wet grass in sneakers is an injury waiting to happen. Investing in the right shoes can help keep them out of our ER and on the playing field!
  • 6.) Staying Hydrated – Losing just 1% of their body’s water content can increase the likelihood of injury.
  • 7.) Avoiding Playing while Injured – When not under profession sports contract, playing injured should be out of the question. Let them heel before they get back on the field.
  • 8.) Watching Their Temperature – Combining sports with temperatures in the upper 90’s too 100’s can equal a heat stroke. In the summer, at its hottest, young athletes face the most significant risk.
  • 9.) Consuming Nutritious Foods – Sports injuries can often be a sign of nutritional imbalances. Help avoid the problem by preparing pre-workout-foods that have a healthy balance of proteins, carbs, and calories.
  • 10.) Joining a Team Sport – Youth sports participation can not only help improve your child’s health and physical fitness, but can also boost their self-esteem, and improve their leadership skills!

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