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Urgent Care vs Emergency

More than half of visits to the emergency room are for non-emergencies. How do you know when to choose an urgent care clinic or emergency room? This guide can help.

Conditions usually see in an Urgent Care Clinic:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Asthma
  • Cough, cold or congestion
  • Croup
  • Ear pain
  • Fever in infants older than 6 months
  • Flu
  • Minor burn
  • Minor injury from fall or sport
  • Rash
  • Simple laceration
  • Skin infection
  • Sore throat
  • Sprain and strain
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

Conditions usually see in an Emergency Room:

  • Broken bones (with deformity)
  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • Extensive or complicated cut or laceration
  • Fainting or head injury with loss of consciousness or disorientation
  • Fever in infants younger than 6 months
  • Loss or change of vision
  • Procedure requiring a CT scan or sedation
  • Seizure
  • Serious burn
  • Snake bite
  • Spinal injury
  • Sudden change in mental state
  • Sudden shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting or coughing up blood
  • Motor Vehicle Accident

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