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When To Go To The ER Versus Urgent Care

September 11, 2023 

When to go to Urgent Care
Urgent care centers are for non-emergency illnesses or injuries. If you are unable to see your primary physician, urgent care handles a variety of medical issues that can be treated right away but those that are not considered emergencies. Urgent care centers can also offer telehealth services to those who prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home. Some examples of reasons to go to urgent care are the following:

  • Minor injuries
  • Fever or flu symptoms
  • Minor sprains or strains
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Skin rashes

When to go to the Emergency Room
Hospital emergency departments provide care at any time, night, or day. They are equipped to handle the most complex or critical needs, including life-threatening situations. Some examples of reasons to go to the emergency room are the following:

  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Chest pain
  • Acute respiratory distress
  • Medication overdose
  • Large open wounds
  • Severe head injury

In the case of a life-threatening emergency, always call 9-1-1. Paramedics will have the ability to begin delivering life-saving treatment on the way to the hospital.