When a patient is having a life-threatening or potentially life-altering health emergency, they are taken to the closest emergency room (ER) for immediate treatment. However, when a patient has a broken toe, a sprained ankle, or a bad cold, they will have to wait for patients with more severe issues to be treated first if they’re in an emergency room – so they may have to wait for quite a while. That is where urgent care comes in.
Urgent care centers are all over the country now, and they supplement and complement area hospitals by truly filling a void. Let’s examine the benefits and differences between urgent care clinics and hospital emergency rooms.
Emergency Room for Life-Threatening Issues
If your loved one wakes up in the middle of the night complaining of stabbing pain in the lower right abdomen, it’s likely appendicitis – which warrants a visit to the local hospital emergency room. Injuries from a car accident are also why you would go right to the ER.
However, if you’re playing a pick-up basketball game with friends or family in your driveway, and you land on a friend’s foot and twist an ankle, go to the local urgent care clinic instead of the emergency room. The wait will be less than an ER, the cost will likely also be less, and you will get more personal attention.
Emergency rooms have a triage approach, which means that the patients’ injuries are evaluated and then prioritized in order of urgency – so patients with the more severe injuries will be treated first, and patients with not-so-severe issues may require a long wait time before seeing a doctor. An urgent care clinic will treat people in the order of their arrival, they will not have a triage approach.
Urgent Care for Stabilization and Minor Emergencies
Offering year-round care and extended hours, urgent care clinics are equipped to handle non-emergency health issues of all kinds quickly and efficiently. Whether it is a child with the sniffles or a cough, weekend warriors who threw out their back, or any type of incident that doesn’t result in a grave injury, urgent care is the place to go.
Most urgent care centers have X-ray machines, and so the medical staff can immediately determine whether – for example – your ankle is broken or just sprained, or whether you have a bad cold or bronchitis. If necessary, urgent care physicians and medical professionals will recommend further evaluation and treatment by a specialist.
Medical Urgent Care Clinic in Fort Worth
Urgent care centers like EMC Express Care treat people quickly. We can treat them fully, or we can get them stabilized enough to make it through a day or a weekend until they can go to their doctor or specialist.
We provide treatment for both children and adults, from school physicals to immunizations to minor injuries. And because it’s urgent care and not emergency care, you’ll receive more dedicated attention and even follow-up medical visits if necessary.
Best yet, you can walk right in – no appointment is necessary. Contact our team at EMC Express Care today by calling (817) 503-8800 or check-in online so you’ll save time once you arrive. We look forward to seeing you here.