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DPD Recognizes Frontline ER’s Frontline Workers
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Recently officers from the Dallas Police Department’s Central and Northeast Divisions showed up in full force at Frontline ER Dallas.   They came to deliver stacks of goodies to the frontline workers of Frontline ER.
“It was really impressive to see all of the squad cars and police officers in front of our facility,” Laura Tschida said.  
“We often partner with DPD in their events.  Unfortunately, since March of 2020, we have been in crisis mode and haven’t been able to participate.  It was really terrific to see them in person.  We so appreciate that they recognized our staff in this way.”
Ms. Tschida is marketing director of Frontline ER.  Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.
Broken Bones and Other Childhood Injuries
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As a parent we don’t want significant accidents to occur—but they do.

Kids suffer abrasions, cuts, scalds and burns.  They dislocate fingers and break bones. And they swallow things. While we don’t recommend that you encase your young ones in bubble wrap or tape their mouths shut, we do suggest you

The most common sources of injuries in children are due to:

  • Falls.
  • Bites and stings (animals and insects).
  • Accidental impacts (struck by a ball, colliding with another child; sports injuries)
  • Car accidents (mostly involving teenagers).
  • Cuts and puncture wounds.
  • Foreign objects (splinters and swallowing things).
  • Burns and scalding (usually involving stoves and heaters).

Fortunately, most of these result in non-fatal injuries. And most can be treated at home.

And when they can’t be treated at home, what should you do? Come see us when your child suffers one of these accidents and then they suffer:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • The injury to their neck, head, back or spine.
  • Excessive bleeding, headache, nausea or vomiting.
  • Loss of consciousness.
  • Numbness.
  • The injury was caused by a dirty or rusty object.
  • The injury shows sign of infection.
  • A bite from a venomous or wild animal.
  • Constipation or bloating (due to ingesting a foreign object).

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

Affairs of the Heart
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Take things to heart.  Heartfelt. Places in the heart.

But a pain in the heart or your chest—not so romantic.

What should you do when you experience chest pains?  Is it your heart or something else? When should you head to the hospital ER or the acute care center?

First of all, there are different kinds of chest pain:

  • Tightness
  • Dull
  • Stabbing
  • Burning
  • Aching
  • Sharp

And the causes are just as varied:

  • Heart problems
  • Lung issues
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Bone, muscle or nerve issues

As you can see, at the top of that list are heart issues.  From coronary artery disease to heart attack to myocarditis to pericarditis to cardiomyopathy to valve issue these problems are nothing to ignore.

So, when should you seek out help? If your doctor isn’t available and immediate self-care options don’t help, consider an immediate visit to an acute care center (or calling 9-1-1) when you experience:

  • A crushing pain under your breastbone.
  • A pain that spreads to your jaw, left arm or back.
  • A sudden chest pain with a shortness of breath.
  • Nausea, dizziness or a rapid heart rate or rapid breathing.
  • A change in your color to ashen.
  • Very low blood pressure or low heart rate.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

Migraines and Headaches
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To migraine sufferers, a pain in the head isn’t so simple and can be excruciating.

When your vision is affected, you can’t sleep and nausea overcomes you, it’s hard to stand, sit or lay down, let alone function even close to normal.

Migraines are triggered by a number of factors including hormonal changes, stress, anxiety and dietary changes. They can last a few hours or a few days. Some people experience them only a few times a year; others every few days. They can start as a dull pain and grow into a throbbing pain.

Treatment varies, too.  As no two people are alike, how migraines affect an individual vary widely. Over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen, aspirin, caffeine and ibuprofen can be effective as well as nausea medicines.  A variety of prescription medicines are also used for treatment.

Sometimes self-treatment or getting in for a visit with your regular doctor is near impossible when that headache just won’t go away.  When that happens, you need to resort to an acute care center like Frontline ER.

Our ER physicians and staff are familiar with migraines and the impact they have on a patient’s body. Calm and kindness are as much a part of the treatment as any drugs or physical treatment.  When you can’t find care at home or your own doctor isn’t available, please turn to us. We are open 24/7, even when your doctor or infusion center isn’t open. And since we are an ER, no physician referral is required for acute migraine treatment.

On a recent Instagram review, a patient said of Frontline: “The nurses and doctors at Frontline are always so kind and understanding and they know exactly how to treat migraines.”

We are equipped with a clean and safe environment, private rooms, the latest in lab and dispensary facilities and the best-trained ER staff in the business. And we bill as in-network for your insurance.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

COVID-19 and Healthcare Workers
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As the worldwide pandemic drags on, dragged along with it is an increasing toll on the mental health of those caring for us.

Frustration, anxiety, worry and burnout are weighing heavily on those who are on the frontlines caring for the public. From doctors and nurses to sanitation workers to grocery store employees and delivery people, the many that serve the masses are being subjected to stresses and strains they haven’t seen or felt before.

When it comes to the frontline healthcare professionals, we here at Frontline ER can speak directly to that impact.

“For the last 8 weeks at our locations, our staff has been experiencing stress levels somewhere between 7 and 10,” Laura Tschida said.  “It’s only been in the last few days we’ve seen that number slack off to a 4.”

Ms. Tschida is Marketing Director for Frontline ER. She also reports that there are days her Dallas location fields upwards of 800 phone calls per day, mostly related to COVID-19 testing.

According to a recent release from HIMSS Media, 93% of healthcare workers are reporting experiencing stress.  Anxiety, frustration, exhaustion and burnout and just being overwhelmed were reported by 75% to 86% of those surveyed. That doesn’t even include concerns for exposing their families to the virus.

Left untreated, these maladies can lead to more severe mental health conditions that could decimate our workforce and create issues with the well being of the broader population.

These are times of coming together (at a social distance) in understanding of what each of us is experiencing.  While, as potential patients and in need of medical treatment and care, we feel your needs come first, it is important to remember that those serving us deserve and need our empathy.  Organizations such as Frontline ER appreciate your needs and at the same time are very grateful for your understanding and support.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

Pediatric Emergencies
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When it comes to our children, nothing stands in our way to ensure their safety and health.  Emergencies can be particularly trying and leaving parents in a quandary at times as to where to turn when their child is injured or falls ill.

We are available and able to treat a number of conditions including:

  • Colds and flu
  • Fevers
  • Ear infections
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Rashes
  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Sprains
  • Fractures
  • Concussions
  • Seizures

We know that visiting a hospital or doctor can be scary for child.  Our waiting areas and treatment spaces are designed with children in mind.  At Frontline ER we pride ourselves in being at the ready to help parents and caregivers with the best, most immediate and careful care.  When it comes to emergency care of children, we offer:

  • More individualized care with doctors and nurses
  • Less trauma
  • Short- to no-wait times
  • Extensive lab and imaging services at the ready

Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our pediatric care and services.

Chest Pains and COVID-19
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Chest pains in and of themselves are a concern.  In these times of a global pandemic, they take on new significance.

If you experience discomfort in your chest, it might include a dull ache, a crushing or burning feeling, a sharp stabbing pain or a pain that radiates to your neck or shoulder.  It could be due to an underlying disease or it could be from heavy lifting, a trauma to the chest or the result of swallowing a large piece of food.

On the list of disease causes of chest pain include heart-related problems.  Usually these pains are also accompanied with shortness of breath, cold sweats, dizziness or weakness and nausea or vomiting.

However, in this time of COVID-19 chest pains could be an indicator of other things.  Since the coronavirus is a respiratory illness, the pain could be associated lung issues, including blood clots.  Clots in the lungs restrict blood flow and are serious, even leading to death.  Usually the clots start in the legs and migrate through the blood stream to the lungs.

In recent COVID-19 cases among children, there is a growing concern for blood clots in the lungs.

Since chest pains can be a concern for any number of reasons, please visit a physician as soon as possible.  And in this time of COVID-19, be concerned for the complications this disease can bring to your health and of those around you.

Give us a call or contact us through our website should you want more information on this condition.

(*photos courtesy of Upsplash)

Medical Imaging and Ultrasound Capabilities
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When you are seeking out acute care, you want to be assured that you will be getting the best care.  Part of that care should include appropriate diagnostic tools.

Frontline ER’s medical imaging and ultrasound capabilities are among the best in healthcare.  Being able to diagnose and provide appropriate treatment in a speedy fashion for your ailments is at the top of our list. Consequently, we have equipped our locations with state-of-the-art capabilities in this area.  This allows us to provide care in a time-critical fashion.

Our locations are equipped with:

  • Computed tomography (CT or CAT Scan)
  • Ultrasound
  • Radiography (Computed X-ray)

CT allows us to quickly and non-invasively scan and review all or part of a patient’s anatomy.  Results are available almost immediately and speed the diagnostic process.

Soft tissues and organs are best reviewed and evaluated via ultrasound and give us a broader capability.

Radiography or X-ray is a more traditional method of evaluation.  Coupled with the other capabilities, our physicians and techs can have a complete and clear review of our patient’s (your) condition.

Give us a call or contact us through our website should you want more information on this capability.

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Frontline ER’s Lab Capabilities
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Having appropriate laboratory services available for an emergency acute care facility and its staff is critical for proper and complete care.  That’s why Frontline ER’s lab services are always available.

This availability allows us to better assist, diagnose and treat a patient’s medical condition any time of the day or night, and day of the year.

Our lab and diagnostic services services include:

  • Routine lab tests, including urinalysis and lipid panels.
  • Blood tests, including CBC and PT.
  • Diagnostic tests including blood pressure, breathing tests and and vital signs.

Our access to and use of these laboratory services ensures that we can treat your medical issue more immediately so as to make any further decisions about what next steps to take.

Your care is of our utmost concern.

Acute Care Versus a Hospital ER
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While Frontline ER has emergency room as part of its name, it is clear that we serve our communities with acute care.

So just what is the difference between an emergency room and an acute care center? And when should you go to the hospital ER and when should you use an urgent care center?

The answer isn’t always simple.  Usually health emergencies happen without warning and cause us to make split-second decisions.  A broken arm, chest pains or a sick infant in the middle of the night. However, there is a difference between “emergency” and “urgent.”

Hospital ERs are available and open to provide complex and critical care any time of the day or night.  They can care for a heart attack, life-and limb-threatening injuries and traumatic injuries resulting from car accidents. The best time to head for the hospital ER is when you are suffering chest pains, been severely burned, suspect stroke symptoms or have suffered a concussion. Plus they have the ability to admit you to their hospital should you require more intense care.

In the same vein, an urgent care center, like Frontline ER, is where you go when your doctor’s office is not open.  Anything you might consider consulting with your own PCP when they aren’t available, is a candidate affliction to talk with the urgent care physician about. Small cuts that might require stitches, sprains and strains, abdominal pain or fever without a rash are all basic ailments that could bring you to an urgent care center.

So take a moment to consider your injury or pain and then choose your care option.  Keep in mind, too, that should your injuries be more serious, that Frontline will recommend that you be taken to the nearest hospital for more acute care.

For more information, please give us a call or consult our website.