The Dirt on Hand Sanitizers

Posted On : March 30, 2018   In , ,

Hand sanitizer seems like the perfect solution for a busy mom on the go, an employee in a fast-paced environment or a hands-on coach of little athletes. Does this quick and convenient sanitizer really keep you out of harm’s way by killing 99.9% of germs as advertised? We’ve tracked down the nitty gritty details of just how effective hand sanitizer is, as well as the true and false facts of this hand-held wonder. Scientists and researchers have proven that hand sanitizers do in fact kill 99.9% of germs, but these studies have been performed on inanimate surfaces. Although it is

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Family First Aid: Cuts & Scrapes

Posted On : May 25, 2017   In ,

A minor cut, scrape or superficial puncture wound does not usually require a visit to the emergency room. There are a number of things you can do: Wash Your Hands. Wash your hands with soap and warm water before providing first aid to any cut or wound. Wear latex gloves, if available. Most first aid kits contain at least a pair of gloves. This will help avoid infection. Stop the Bleeding. Minor cuts and scrapes tend to stop bleeding on their own. Bleeding helps clean out any dirt or debris. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, apply gentle pressure with a

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Family First Aid: Migraines

Posted On : May 11, 2017   In ,

With busy lifestyles that cause lack of sleep, poor diet, stress and anxiety, headaches are all too common. Even the weather can play a role. Many people suffer from chronic headaches. The most common type of headache is a migraine. Migraines are persistent, often reoccurring, headaches that can last from a couple of hours to a couple of days. Migraines are not biased. They can happen to anyone, at any age and at any time. Symptoms Obviously, the most common symptom to a headache is in the name: an ache from the head.  Here are the classics for a migraine:

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Family First Aid: Be Prepared for a Medical Emergency

Posted On : March 22, 2017   In

We always say emergencies are never planned. With that being said, you can at least be prepared. There are a number of things you can do so that if you are put in a stressful, medical emergency situation, you are ready. Take a CPR and a basic first aid course. Medical emergencies don’t happen in the emergency room. They happen before you can get to medical care. Check your local community center for CPR and first aid classes. You can also check your local American Red Cross by clicking here: American Red Cross You will always be the first person

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What to Expect: When your doctor says you need a CT Scan

Posted On : December 16, 2016   In , , , ,

The Basics A CT Scan (computerized tomography) or CAT (computed axial tomography) is a noninvasive, painless procedure that uses X-Rays in combination with computer technology to produce high-resolution images of the inside of the body. The images produced display the body’s bones, blood vessels and soft tissue organs, in much greater detail than standard X-Rays. This allows doctors to visually, assess the severity of an injury or illness. CT Scanners use an X-Ray technique that creates cross-sectional images, often called slices (think of a sliced loaf of bread). All of our Family Emergency Room locations have state-of-the-art, 64-slice CT scanners.

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Family First Aid: Car Accidents

Posted On : December 2, 2016   In , ,

Family First Aid: Car Accidents We are in the midst of the holiday season, which means the roads are packed with people traveling for family gatherings and holiday fun. With the increase of traffic on the roads, comes the increased likelihood of vehicle accidents. There are things you should know for your safety and the safety of others if you are involved in an accident, either as a victim or witness. Assess the situation If you were involved, are you injured? Check for cuts or broken bones. Are you in a safe location to avoid additional impact? If you are

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When Having Diabetes Can Become an Emergency

Posted On : November 18, 2016   In , , ,

Everyone has an organ called the pancreas. The pancreas is responsible for the process of turning food into energy. It does this by producing insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose to be absorbed into the bodies cells, thus providing energy. Diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas cannot correctly process food. There are two types of Diabetes. Type 1, which is the less common of the two, is an autoimmune process that destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. The body cannot produce insulin on it’s own. Type 2 is the most common. Almost 30

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What to expect: Concussion  

Posted On : September 30, 2016   In , , , , ,

We are in the midst of fall sports and just like every other year, we see an increase in concussion patients as a result of athletics. A sack that takes down the quarter back or blow to the head during volleyball, are all too common during this time of year. At Family Emergency Room, our doctors and nurses have extensive training when it comes to traumatic head injuries.  Whenever the head sustains an impact, it is always a good idea to seek immediate medical attention to rule out any serious injury. Basics Let us begin with the basics of what

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Family First Aid: Broken Bones

Posted On : August 26, 2016   In ,

Most people will experience a broken bone or fracture at some point in their life. It is a pretty common Family ER visit. People trip and fall. People are involved in car accidents or bike accidents. No matter the reasoning, a broken bone is an injury that needs immediate attention. Family Emergency Room is always here to help. However, before you get to us there are a couple of things you should do when you suspect a broken bone. Step One – Assess the Injury Symptoms – First, let’s discuss real quickly what some of the symptoms of a broken

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Family First Aid: Heat Exhaustion

Posted On : June 29, 2016   In , , , ,

Central Texas is known for its gorgeous weather and the humidity that comes with it. With high humidity, spending the day outside can take a toll on your body. Heat Exhaustion, often accompanied by dehydration, is one of the leading heat illnesses caused by over-exposure. The body’s natural cooling system is through sweating. When the body cannot cool itself quickly enough or doesn’t have enough fluids to do so, symptoms of Heat Exhaustion can occur. Symptoms Here is what to look for if you think you’re experiencing Heat Exhaustion: Fatigue Nausea Headache Excessive thirst Drenching sweat Pale, cold, clammy skin

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