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Do You Go to Urgent Care or the Emergency Room

urgent care services vs emergency room

There are differences between an emergency room and an urgent care facility and some people are unaware of the differences. The hospital and emergency room, should be left for just that – emergencies. Oftentimes, people are just worried about getting seen by a doctor, it’s late night and they go to the emergency room. There are also times when it seems more convenient but it is taking away from those patients who actually require emergency medical attention. Unless you aren’t going to make it through the night until your doctor’s office is open again, there is not any valid reason to go to the emergency room.

What Requires Emergency Care

These listed complications are ones to keep in mind – if for any reason you are experiencing them, then go seek emergency services:

  • Extreme difficulty breathing or severe chest pains
  • Very high temperatures in newborns and toddlers
  • Poisoning of any type
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • If you are experiencing homicidal or suicidal thought/feelings
  • Knife or gunshot wounds

What Would Be Considered Urgent Care

Alpha Care suggest these complications that would require urgent care, versus emergency care.

  • Cuts, but controlled bleeding
  • Vomiting or dehydration
  • Sprains, slips and falls
  • Eye redness, swelling or irritation
  • Fever but not extremely high
  • If you have been experiencing persistent problems for a few days

While something may seem like an emergency to you, think about others who may be in worse situations as well. Ask yourself if you can make it through the night or if it is something that absolutely needs to be taken care of. There are many urgent care facilities located around the country that are generally open extended hours (in comparison to a physician’s office). If you have to make a trip to the emergency room, it is understandable, but if you are looking for a quick fix to your problem – going to the emergency room, may not be the best option.

About Alpha Care Family Medical Center & Urgent Care – Charleston SC

Our facilities offer patients quality medical care with a wide variety of specialized treatment options. Alpha Care was established in 1984 and has grown to provide treatment for common medical problems such as colds, flu, and back pain.