If you or a family member are in need of immediate medical care it’s important of know your options, and make an informed decision to get the quickest and best medical attention. Although going to the ER is the usual course of action, this can involve waiting for 12 hours or longer to be seen, if you are there with a sick child, or someone in pain, this can be very difficult. Another option for immediate care is visiting a clinic that provides urgent care services, the wait is usually a fraction of the time, making it a good alternative to the ER in some cases.
Before deciding on which type of facility is the best for your situation it’s important to understand the key differences and what type of situation each facility is set up to handle. This can help ensure you make an informed decision, getting the medical attention that is needed in the most efficient way.
Understanding Urgent Care
Urgent care clinics are a growing expansion of walk in clinics that provide on the spot medical attention to patients how need it. They primarily treat minor injuries and illnesses that require medical attention, but not serious or life threatening injuries.
Examples of patient needs that could be treated at an urgent care service center include:
>Cough or cold
>Ear Aches or infections
>Fever of unknown origin
>Rash or allergies
>Sprains and Strains
>Small Laceration or Cut requiring Stitches
Unless you have a real medical emergency, urgent care service centers can provide medical attention much more quickly and inexpensively than Emergency Room services. Of course, if you do have a serious medical emergency visiting the urgent care center could be a bad idea.
Situations in which a visit to the ER is necessary includes:
- fall from over 5 feet, partial
- complete amputation
- head injury
- coughing up blood or vomiting blood
- heart attack – other cardiovascular events.
It’s important to take measure of the situation, and if there is any chance that the situation is life threatening, then the ER is definitely the best place to go as they have the equipment and facilities to handle life threatening situations emergencies. In other situations, clinics that offer urgent care services are definitely the best option, not only cutting down on your wait time, but freeing up the ER for individuals who need it most.
If you live in the North Palm Beach area, Family Medical & Urgent Care run by Dr. Nader Daryaee provides quality Urgent Care services, as well as a wide array of other medical services to the community. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality urgent care possible, quickly attending to your health needs when your doctor is unavailable. For more information about the services we provide, call us today at 561-249-7626. Read more about “How Many Emergency Department Visits Could be Managed at Urgent Care Centers and Retail Clinics?”