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ANIMAL BITES ARE NO JOKE! HEAD TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM

Whether you’re out at the dog park, visiting a friend, or even playing with your own pets, you are always at risk of dogs, cats and other small animals biting you or your child. Below are some tips in case this ever happens to you.

First Aid

These are steps you should follow for all bite wounds, whether or not you decide to seek medical treatment:

* Immediately wash the bite wound thoroughly with soap and water.
* If the wound is bleeding, apply pressure with a clean cloth or gauze pad. Once the wound has stopped bleeding, disinfect with a spray or ointment and cover with a sterile bandage.
* Take over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or aspirin as necessary, following instructions on the label.
When to seek medical treatment
Sometimes bite wounds can be relatively minor in appearance. However, all animal bites pose a risk of infection or disease transmission and should be taken more seriously than similar wounds from other causes. Immediately see a doctor whenever any of the following are true:
* the animal in question is a stray, a wild animal, or one not current on rabies vaccinations;
* the bite is on the face, neck, or near a joint;
* the bite is large or deep, as puncture wounds become infected easily;
* the wound becomes infected (the wound becomes red, swollen, hot to the touch or increasingly painful);
* the person bitten has not had a tetanus shot within the past ten years (or can’t remember);
* the wound does not stop bleeding or there is torn skin (may need stitches);
* or any time when you’re not sure if you should seek medical care.
Potential for rabies
Rabies is a real disease that affects both domestic pets and wild animals including raccoons, squirrels and bats. Immediate treatment is critical. When possible, capture the animal or get the owner’s contact information so you have more details to provide to the medical provider.
Read more on animal bites:
* Preventing Animal Bites from the American Veterinary Medical Association
* Animal Bite First Aid from the Mayo Clinic
We hope you never have to experience an animal bite, but if you ever find yourself in that situation, please come see us right away! We are here 24/7 to provide you with emergency medical treatment for animal bites or anything else. ER Katy is a free-standing emergency room, and our experienced and caring staff is ready and waiting to help! Call us any time at (281) 395-9900.

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PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY? WHEN TO GO TO AN EMERGENCY ROOM CLINIC

As a parent, any bump, fall, or bruise can cause both you and your child to have a major freak out. But just because there’s a lot of screaming and crying, and even if there’s blood, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to rush to urgent care.
Severe symptoms of a pediatric emergency:

1) Severe mechanism of trauma (fall from height)
2) Limb, head or body deformity
3) Excessive bleeding (bleeding does not stop, bleeding occurs through nose, ears etc, coughing up blood, vomiting blood)
4) Excessive bruising
5) Passing out
6) Mental changes, lethargy, decreased level of consciousness or persistent crying
7) Shortness of breath, high pitched breathing or using abdominal muscles to help with breath
8) Blue skin, blue color around mouth
9) High fever greater than 102 at any age, or any fever less than six months old
10) Purplish spot rash, or any rapidly developing rash
11) Mouth, lip or tongue swelling
10) Excessive vomiting or diarrhea or poor oral intake causing dehydration

If your child displays any of the symptoms above, seek emergency medical treatment IMMEDIATELY.
See additional guidelines on how to identify a pediatric emergency, and treatment suggestions in this article from CNN.

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Children Emergency Room

Pediatric injuries can come from sports injuries, burns, allergic reactions, and so much more. When a child experiences a severe injury, parents must look for local emergency rooms to help them rehabilitate their children. Life-threatening ailments need to be treated as quickly as possible, and our location provides the best medical care in Katy, Texas.

Emergency rooms can be a scary place for both children and adults, especially right after they’ve experienced excruciating pain. This is why our kids’ room is designed to give parents and their little ones the peace of mind they deserve during their treatment. This dedicated space is one of the largest in our facility. Designed with bright, family-friendly colors along with toys and games, you have everything needed to ease your child’s’ concerns.

ER Katy provides the best emergency pediatric care in Katy, Texas. When your children experience an accident or injury that requires immediate treatment, our board-certified staffs of doctors and nurses are ready and equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. Our doctors and nurses have spent decades helping children who experience circumstances like these, and open 24/7, we are always ready to help.

As a parent, you can count on ER Katy to treat your child with care, expertise, and proven solutions. From rashes to burns to lacerations, our medical staff contains the experts your children need to overcome their emergency circumstance. Providing your children with immediate attention when they suffer is our number one goal. With seven separate emergency rooms fully equipped with the industry-leading technology, we cut down on wait times while also being able to help more individuals.

Just like a traditional hospital emergency room – but without excessive wait times – ER Katy offers 24-hour emergency medical and trauma care in your neighborhood. With a full-service lab, pharmacy, and imaging capabilities such as multi-slice CT scan, ultrasound, X-ray, cardiac and EKG monitoring all on site, we’re able to provide the same level of care you might find in a local hospital setting, but in a more efficient manner. And parking has never been easier.

With multiple treatment rooms, we’re able to accommodate our patients quickly and comfortably, getting you back to a healthy and active lifestyle. Walk-ins are welcome and there is an option to schedule an appointment, please call us today at 281-395-9900 for more information on how we can help you alleviate your emergency situation.

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Our Teddy Bear Clinic Is Saturday, March 21st, Register Now!

Attention Children and Parents! See what it’s like to be a little patient at ER Katy. Visit with your Teddy Bear or stuffed animal and learn how medical tests and procedures are performed on our tiniest patients.

*Listen to Breathing with a stethoscope
*Examine ears & nose with an otoscope
*Perform an X-ray of Teddy
*Diagnose imaginary ailments
*Receive (candy) prescriptions
Our latest Teddy Bear Clinic was a huge success! Thank you everyone for attending. If you would like to visit our next Teddy Bear Clinic please Register Now.