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Choosing Between Urgent Care or the Emergency Room

Posted by on 28 Jan, 2016

When life-threatening situations arise, emergency care should be sought immediately. However, serious accidents that aren't considered life-threatening, can often be treated in a more cost-effective environment known as urgent care. Both urgent care clinics and hospital emergency rooms are open for non-traditional hours to help cover the gaps in your healthcare. It can be challenging to determine which is most appropriate to visit for your healthcare issue. The line between the two is somewhat blurred and can be confusing, but there is a difference. 

Emergency care is designed to save people’s lives and limbs in dire circumstances. Injuries that would be considered worthy of an emergency room visit would be: deep wounds from a knife or gun, poisoning, problems related to pregnancy, signs of heart attack or stroke, compound fractures, or moderate to severe burns. All of these issues would require immediate emergency care. Of course, emergency matters are not limited to this list, but hopefully this direction serves as guidance in the decision making process. 

Circumstances that would be considered worthy of a trip to an urgent care facility would include: sprains or strains, a cut that requires stitches but is not profusely bleeding, cold or flu symptoms, minor broken bones or fractures, rashes and infections of the skin, and urinary tract infections. As the name suggests, these are urgent matters and treatment should not be postponed and medical services should be sought immediately, however, these infirmities do not quite warrant a trip to the emergency room. In addition, sore throat, ear aches, and coughs can be treated in an urgent care setting if your primary doctor is not available.

If you feel something is wrong, but not fatally wrong, you should seek treatment in an urgent care. However, if you are in dire distress, call for help at once. Do not waste critical time determining where to seek care if you feel that you're in a severe situation. Accidents and injuries happen without warning, and knowing how to respond can be crucial. Stay calm in case of harm and seek the appropriate help you need.

Urgent care centers play a key role in the healthcare delivery system. In addition to providing cost-effective treatment for numerous conditions, they help to keep emergency rooms free for critical, life-threatening issues, such as heart attacks and major trauma. Urgent Clinics Medical Care offers on-the-spot treatment throughout the Houston area and no appointment is necessary. Our convenient and affordable healthcare services are conducted in a state-of-the-art facility with digital x-ray and laboratory equipment.

You’re welcome to visit an Urgent Clinics Medical Care facility any day of the week, including weekends. Our clinics are open from 8 am to 9 pm and are conveniently located in Champions Forest, The Woodlands and 3 locations in League City: Creekside, Marina Bay and Tuscan Lakes. Our Pearland Clinic is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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