Last updated 6 days ago
Most car accidents are non-fatal incidents, but they often lead to injuries that may go untreated in the stress of the collision. However, you should have a basic plan of action to put in place if a car accident does occur. By being prepared for the worst, you can ensure that you put your healthcare first in the hectic aftermath of a car crash.
Get to a safe area
If you get in an accident on a major roadway, you will want to clear the area as soon as possible. It is highly dangerous to stay in the street as cars continue to pass by, so move away quickly and then contact the authorities once you and other passengers are safe. If someone is stuck in the vehicle after the accident, call 911 immediately.
Seek medical attention
The most common injuries resulting from car accidents are lacerations, concussions, and muscle strain in the neck. These may not require an ambulance on the scene, but they should be treated in an urgent care or ER facility.
Don’t ignore your symptoms
With injuries like whiplash, symptoms may not develop for a few days. You should not ignore any late-onset symptoms of pain, headaches, and stiffness in the neck that may have resulted from the accident. If the accident was not your fault, you may be able to file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the other driver to seek compensation for your medical costs. To do this, you will need medical records detailing your injuries, so be sure that you seek care as soon as symptoms arise to avoid complications that could jeopardize your case.
For emergency care that you can rely on in midtown and downtown Houston, consult Memorial Emergency Center. Our modern, state-of-the art freestanding center provides excellent medical care for patients of all ages. You can explore a detailed list of our services on our website or by calling (281) 394-0181.
Last updated 9 days ago
Anaphylaxis is a whole-body allergic reaction that can be life-threatening if it is not treated immediately with emergency medical care. It results from severe allergies—commonly from triggers such as food, insect bites and stings, and drugs.
The signs of anaphylaxis develop within minutes, and they include trouble breathing, wheezing, hives, changes in skin color, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and unconsciousness. Individuals with known severe allergies will often carry an epi-pen to administer fast-acting allergy medication through injection. While this will tame symptoms, it is still important to seek immediate medical care to ensure that the individual is healthy and able to fully recover. If there is no allergy medication available, call 911 and perform CPR if the individual is unable to breathe.
At Memorial Emergency Center, you can find the quick and accurate care you need for any emergency situation 24 hours a day. For a look at our facilities, visit our website today or call us at (281) 394-0181.
Last updated 17 days ago
There are many different ways to break a bone, and each of these need to be treated with specific types of care that will help the bones regenerate in proper position. You can get a brief overview of the various types of fractures by watching this short video, which details the key differences between open fractures, hairline fractures, simple fractures, and greenstick fractures. Any type of fracture will require medical care, but open fractures in which the skin is punctured are the most urgent situations needing emergency care.
At Memorial Emergency Center in Houston, you will find comprehensive emergency care for orthopedic injuries with imaging procedures available on-site. Call us at (281) 394-0181 or visit our website to learn about our 24/7 emergency services for adolescent and adult patients.
Last updated 25 days ago
Influenza can cause a range of bothersome symptoms, including fever, aches, chills, and fatigue. In most cases, flu-like symptoms can be treated at home with plenty of rest and fluids. However, sometimes flu-like symptoms warrant a trip to the emergency room. At an emergency clinic, doctors can administer intravenous fluids for dehydration and they may prescribe medications such as antivirals. Keep reading to learn how to determine when flu-like symptoms require emergency medical care.
Certain people who are considered to be high risk should go to the emergency room more readily than other people who have the same symptoms but are in better general health. These high-risk populations include young children and the elderly. Additionally, people with diabetes, congestive heart failure, asthma, and similar chronic illnesses should go to the emergency clinic promptly for severe symptoms.
If a child has flu-like symptoms and begins to have trouble breathing or breathes abnormally fast, he or she should be taken to the emergency room promptly. Other symptoms that warrant an ER visit include a bluish tint to the skin, the appearance of a rash, or the development of confusion and dizziness. You should also take the child to the emergency room if he or she cannot be awakened, has a stiff neck, fails to interact with others, cries without tears, or experiences a recurrence of flu-like symptoms.
Many of the symptoms to watch out for in adults are the same as they are for children, such as confusion, dizziness, a stiff neck, and problems breathing. However, adults may also develop persistent or severe vomiting, chest pain, or abdominal pain.
If you’re unsure of whether your flu-like symptoms require emergency care, it’s best to err on the side of caution. The physicians of Memorial Emergency Center in Houston can administer prompt treatment around the clock. Call us today at (281) 394-0181 if you have any questions about our free-standing emergency room.
Last updated 28 days ago
Choking causes a blockage in the airways, creating difficulty breathing. If you notice that a child is choking, the first step to take is always to call 911 immediately or have someone nearby call. At the emergency room, physicians can administer life-saving measures to prevent oxygen deprivation to the brain. You should also take the child back to the emergency room if he or she develops pneumonia, wheezing, or a persistent cough in the days following a choking incident. In the meantime, while emergency medical personnel are en route, immediately begin administering CPR.
Administer First Aid: Infants
If the child is younger than 12 months old and he or she is coughing, let the child continue to cough to try to expel the object. Otherwise, administer emergency first aid by placing him or her face-down on your forearm and cradling the head with your hand. With the heel of your other hand, administer five firm slaps between the shoulder blades. If the object isn’t expelled, place the child face-up with his or her head lower than the chest. Place two fingers in the center of the chest and thrust five times. Continue alternating these movements.
Administer First Aid: Toddlers
For a child older than 12 months, administer emergency first aid by standing behind the child and placing one arm across the chest. Lean the child forward and administer five firm blows between the shoulder blades. Then, wrap your arms around the abdomen and place a fist below the rib cage, above the navel. Use your other hand to propel your fist in five upward thrusts into the child’s abdomen. Alternate between these movements until the object is dislodged or emergency medical personnel arrive.
Follow Prevention Measures
Prevention is always the best strategy when it comes to choking hazards for children. For young children, cut food into pea-sized chunks and avoid feeding children younger than four foods such as popcorn, nuts, and whole grapes. Keep all small objects, such as loose change and buttons, away from young children.
Memorial Emergency Center is available for 24-hour care for all types of medical emergencies, including choking. Our facility in Houston features an on-site laboratory and pharmacy. Parents are invited to call our emergency room at (281) 394-0181 with questions about our services.