The VanDyke Group | Emergency Room or Urgent Care?
If you suffer an injury or illness this summer do you know where to go for treatment, emergency room or urgent care?
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19 Jul OUCH!

Summer is finally here and with it comes many fun activities! Unfortunately, when we are more active there’s a greater risk for injury. Do you know where to go for help with an injury or illness?

When you are sick or injured you may have to make a quick decision on where to go for medical assistance. There are three choices you have; call your doctor, go to the emergency room, or visit an urgent care facility. If you understand these options you can easily make the best decision.

If you have a life threatening injury or illness always go to the emergency room.
If your injury or illness is not life threatening the first place you should call is your primary care doctor. They know you and already have your health history. Your doctor can diagnose, prescribe medication, treat and schedule any tests you might need. They will also refer you to a specialist if needed.

But, what should you do if it’s after hours or you are traveling? Now you have to decide whether to go to the emergency room or nearby urgent care facility. Which is the best option for your specific injury or illness? The comparison below may assist in getting you the correct medical attention while saving you both time and money.

Examples of When to Visit the ER
Severe chest pains or difficulty breathing
Compound fractures
Uncontrollable bleeding
Signs of a heart attack or stroke
Seizures or loss of consciousness
Vaginal bleeding with pregnancy
Serious head, neck or back injuries
Severe abdominal pain
High fever in infants (over 104*)
Fever with a rash

Examples of When to Visit the Urgent Care
Rash without a fever
Mild asthma
Urinary tract infection
Sore throat
Sprains or strains
Skin rash
Ear infections
Controlled bleeding or cuts that require stitches
Minor broken bones, like fingers or toes
Diagnostic services such as x-rays and lab tests

A visit to an urgent care facility is usually more cost effective but it is not a substitute for life threatening emergency care, so carefully evaluate your illness or injury and make the best choice for care. If you are in doubt, go to the emergency room nearest you.


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Material posted on this website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal opinion or medical advice. Contact your medical professional or legal representative for information specific to your needs.