When to use the Emergency Room or Urgent Care.

Emergency Room or Urgent Care?

EMERGENCY ROOM

Emergency rooms are the best option in cases where conditions are life-threatening and may require advanced treatment, such as having chest pain. Because life-threatening conditions are the number one priority in the emergency room, less severe cases will take longer to be treated.

Emergency Rooms are best for treating: 

  • Chest pain
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Sudden or severe pain
  • Head, neck, or eye injuries
  • Severe vomiting, diarrhea
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Fainting, dizziness, weakness
  • Broken bones
  • Problems breathing/shortness of breath

​URGENT CARE

Urgent care locations are staffed and equipped to respond quickly to a variety of non-life threatening illnesses and injuries. They often provide information in advance about pricing structure – making it a convenient choice for immediate but nonemergency illness and injuries.

Urgent Care locations are best for treating:

  • Cuts that need stitches
  • Infections
  • Sprains or strains
  • Back pain
  • Animal bites
  • Cold or flu
  • Sore throat
  • Minor burns
  • Minor allergic reactions
  • Cuts or scrapes
  • Cough
  • Minor injuries or pain

This is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. When in doubt, or when facing a life-threatening condition, please contact 9-1-1 for emergency care.

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