WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Urgent Care vs. the Emergency Room – by Pentucket Medical
It is summertime and we are outdoors more, with barbecues, sitting at the pool and gardening to name a few activities, which come with injuries and illnesses. When they do occur, it is important to know where to go. Let us look at the difference between an urgent care center and an emergency room to help you choose the right care.
If you need immediate medical attention, your first thought may be to go to the emergency room (ER); however, there are more cost-effective choices like urgent care when your symptoms appear non-emergent.
If you have a life-threatening situation, go to your nearest emergency room or call 911.
Urgent care centers
Urgent care centers handle non-life-threatening situations at a fraction of the wait, and many are staffed with clinicians who have access to X-rays and labs on-site. Choosing an urgent care center over the emergency room (ER) can save you time and money. An urgent care center can treat you for common conditions such as:
- Ear irritation/infections
- Minor injuries such as cuts, contusions and sprains
- Fever and flu symptoms
- Cough, cold and sore throat
- Mild asthma
- Back and joint pain
- Rashes, insect bites and skin infections
Emergency room staff handles trauma, X-rays, surgical procedures, and other life-threatening situations. Most hospitals have an emergency room that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Symptoms when you should go to the ER:
- Sudden numbness or weakness
- Disorientation or difficulty speaking
- Sudden dizziness or loss of coordination
- Seizure or loss of consciousness
- Shortness of breath or severe asthma attack
- Head injury/major trauma
- Blurry or loss of vision
- Severe cuts or burns
- Heart attack, chest pain or chest pressure
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Severe allergic reactions
Article submitted by Pentucket Medical. For more information visit: PMAOnline.com
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