Deciding Whether To Visit Urgent Care or ER

March 15, 2018 3:31 pm Published by

Accidents, injuries, and illnesses are unpredictable and they can occur within the blink of an eye. Depending on the severity of the problem, you will have to rationally decide what actions are needed to help with the pain, sickness, or other symptoms you are experiencing.

When people experience an accident or injury, in most cases their first thought is to head to the emergency room. However, going to the ER for certain injuries may not be the best solution available.

Urgent cares and walk-in clinics are health care facilities that operate similarly to a primary care or physician’s office. The only difference is that no appointments are necessary and the hours are extended, making it more convenient for patients. Urgent cares are meant to treat non-life threatening injuries and illnesses that need prompt medical treatment. Emergency rooms, on the other hand, should be reserved for conditions that may be life threatening like chest and heart pain and other severe injuries and illnesses.

Trying to figure out what symptoms, injuries, and illnesses need medical attention from an urgent care or an emergency room can be difficult. If you’re stuck trying to decide between the two, consider whether or not your condition is life-threatening if it is not treated immediately. If it’s not, then an urgent care facility may be a more appropriate option.

Conditions that can be treated at Stony Creek Urgent Care Center:

  • Sore/Strep throat
  • Coughs
  • Sports injuries
  • Cold/Flu
  • Nasal/Chest congestion
  • Allergies
  • Minor fractures
  • Minor cuts/burns
  • Ear infections

Conditions that should be treated at your closest Emergency Department:

  • Heart attack symptoms
  • Stroke symptoms
  • Seizures
  • Visible fractures (bone protrudes through skin)
  • Pregnancy-related issues
  • High fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Coughing blood
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe cuts/burns

If you are still having trouble deciding whether to go to urgent care or the emergency room, remember that professed small injuries can be examined by the health care providers at a urgent care facility. If further care is needed, the urgent care staff will send you to a proper health care provider that will give your condition the medical attention it needs. If your condition is a true emergency, the staff may transfer you directly to a emergency room for proper medical treatment.