Learn when you can choose Urgent Care instead of visiting an Emergency Room
We can handle 80% of your Emergency Medical Needs.
A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that 90% of all ER patients admitted into Emergency Rooms across the country needed medical care in 1 to 2 hours instead of life threatening conditions. Furthermore, the top 3 reasons for ER visits in 2014 were strains (6.1 million visits), upper respiratory infections (5.9 million visits) and superficial cuts (5.8 million visits.) All 3 of these reasons can be treated efficiently and affordably at NextCare Urgent Care.
When a medical problem arises that requires immediate attention, it is often difficult to know if it is an emergency, or whether it is an urgent medical issue. Generally, an emergency condition is one that may threaten an individual’s life or cause impairment. Urgent medical problems, while not emergencies, require care within 24 hours.
Urgent care centers offer prompt evaluation and treatment for a variety of medical emergencies that do not require a hospital or emergency room. Staffed by a comprehensive medical staff, the reasons to use Urgent Care are as follows:
- Sprains, strains, and cuts.
- Diagnostic services, including X-rays and laboratory tests.
- Sinus infection
- STD testing and treatment
- Stomachaches and stomach pains
- Urinary tract infections
- Flu symptoms
- Back problems
- Severe sore throat or cough
- Mild to moderate asthma
The Emergency Room is for significant health issues that require immediate treatment. Reasons to use the ER include:
- Chest pain, shortness of breath, and other symptoms of heart attack or stroke.
- Major broken bones.
- Significant, uncontrolled bleeding.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 immediately.