How to Know Where to Go – Emergency Room (ER) or Urgent Care?

The CBS News Presents the Following Medical Information.

Urgent care clinics make it easy to get treatment for an injury or illness, but with certain symptoms you should head straight to the hospital instead.

Urgent Care vs. ER – Get Smart!

Some examples of a medical emergency include:

  • Major injury, such as a broken leg or large wound
  • Heart attack symptoms: severe chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating, and nausea
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Bleeding during pregnancy
  • Major burn
  • Unconsciousness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Poisoning
  • Severe head pain or dizziness

Read more here from Johns Hopkins University.

When to Go to Urgent Care?

  • Symptom onset is gradual.
  • You already know the diagnosis but are unable to get a same-day appointment with your primary care physician.
  • Conditions that are not Life- or Limb- threatening, but require immediate care
  • Sprains
  • Sore throat
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Mild asthma
  • Rash without fever
  • Broken bones of the wrist, hand, ankle or foot that have no obvious need to reset and have not broken the skin

Read more from Scripps Health.

Last Updated: 2015-11-30

Learn When to Go to ER or Urgent Care
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