Know where to go in case of emergency: Urgent Care vs Emergency Care
Although most of the people think that emergency care and urgent care is one and the same thing, it is not. The medicine industry often uses these two words as synonyms for an easy understanding to the general public, but there is a clear difference between them and the type of care they give.
What urgent care means?
Urgent care centers are offering acute illnesses services that are not life threatening to patients. These centers are not armed to deal with major medical traumas or conditions. They are designed to treat less serious conditions after the regular schedule of your primary care physicians or if is not available. Patients with various symptoms as headache, flu symptoms, moderate fever, bruises, abrasions and minor cuts, urinary infections, sprains and strains, respiratory infections, minor burns, eye ear or skin infections can go to these urgent care centers. Also, they have just extended hour schedule, they are not open all day long.
Emergency Care Rooms
Emergency Rooms (ER) are opened 24 hours a day 7 days/week. They are trained for life-threatening emergencies. What kind of symptoms can indicate if there is a medical emergency? Uncontrollable bleeding, head injury or broken bones, seizure or loss of consciousness, inability to breathe or shortness of breath, numbness or paralysis of an arm or leg, major burns, intense pain, poisoning or suspected overdose, persistent chest or abdominal pain, slurred speech, visual changes, severe reaction to an insect bite, medication or food.
• Don’t try to move the injured person or try to perform a medical procedure if you are not sure how to do it. You can do more damage than good.
• Don’t drive to emergency rooms if you and the person with you are hurt.
• Visits to ER are more expensive than urgent care centers, because they have all that equipment and staff that are required.
• You may have to pay your visit to the ER if your injury was not a true emergency, and you will have to wait longer, because they will treat the patient with the most serious conditions first.
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