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The emergency room (ER) is built for life-threatening emergencies, like heart failure or an injury that features several broken bones. With that said, an illness or injury that doesn’t appear to be life-threatening but cannot wait until the next day should be treated at an urgent care center. Additionally, urgent care centers can provide quality healthcare whenever your physician’s office is closed or unavailable.

Here is an example: after you scrape a knee, is it necessary to travel to an ER, or is it better to travel to an urgent care center? For a scraped knee, traveling to an urgent care center or minor emergency clinic is the appropriate action.

At Affordacare we guarantee that patients with urgent treatment needs will receive the most effective care any day of the week at any time (including most holidays). We are committed to personalized, compassionate treatment.

An emergency occurs when a disease can permanently damage you or endanger your life if it’s not treated as soon as possible. If this is the case, call 911 immediately. These are conditions where you should make a trip to the ER:

Head Injury causing loss of consciousness

  • Convulsions/Seizures
  • Deep stab wounds or gunshot wounds
  • Very high fever in any child younger than 3 months
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Broken bones protruding from skin
  • Moderate or severe burns
  • Intense pain or shortness of breath
  • Poisoning or intoxication causing loss of consciousness
  • Problems associated with pregnancy (sudden bleeding or something that happens to the mother)
  • Excruciating head, neck, or back injury
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Heart attack symptoms (chest pain, pain within the left arm, jaw pain, etc)
  • Sudden loss of vision, sudden numbness, weakness, slurred speech, or confusion

Urgent medical conditions aren’t considered emergencies but still require attention within 24 hours. These include: 

  • Diagnostic services (X-rays or lab tests)
  • Accidental falls
  • Strains and sprains
  • Small cuts that do not involve lots of blood but might need stitches
  • Mild to moderate asthma or other respiratory distress
  • Sore throat, irritation, or severe cough
  • Fever or flu
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Uncontrollable vomiting or diarrhea
  • Finger or toe fractures
  • Irritation and redness of the eyes
  • Moderate back problems
  • Infections and rashes
  • Symptoms of dehydration

Dial 911 Immediately for any Medical Problem that Appears to be Life-Threatening

Bear in mind that ER visits are specifically for true emergencies. Calling 911 will provide appropriate care at the closest ER.

Upon arrival at Affordacare, our urgent care medical team will examine minor injuries and illnesses. If further care is required, our staff will direct patients to the indicated healthcare provider or, if the medical need is deemed an emergency, appropriate transport to the emergency room will be initiated to ensure timely treatment of the emergent need.

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