Picture this scenario: You slice your hand with a knife while cutting a piece of cake. You’re bleeding pretty badly, and the cut looks deep. Should you head over to your local urgent care or the emergency room?
When it comes to medical emergencies, deciding between an urgent care visit or the ER can be tricky. If you don’t know the difference between an urgent care and the ER, how can you determine which one is right for you?
We know deciding between an urgent care visit or the ER can be confusing. Keep reading to learn more about how you can now get a higher level of care at the ER, with the same convenience as going to your local urgent care.
When to Visit an Urgent Care
Urgent care centers are known for offering patients easy access to quality care to treat non-life-threatening emergencies. Urgent care centers offer a convenient option for treating most non-emergency illnesses and injuries when your primary physician’s office is closed. They do not require appointments and a patient can receive fast treatment. Here’s something you may not have known: Freestanding Emergency Departments (FSED) offer all of the same benefits as urgent care while providing a higher level of healthcare should your non-life-threatening emergency turn into something more serious. Conditions that can be treated at the FSED include:
- Minor burns
- Minor fractures
- Back pain
- Animal bites
- Minor headaches
- Ear or sinus pain
- Cold or flu symptoms
- Bumps, cuts, and scrapes
- Cough, sore throat, or fever
- Eye irritation, swelling, or pain
- Mild asthma
- Animal bites
When to Visit the Emergency Room
You can visit Trusted ER for any of the above conditions, as well as, any life-threatening conditions that require immediate action and attention. Life-threatening conditions that typically require an ER visit include:
- Heart attacks
- Head trauma
- Chest pains
- Abdominal pains
- Severe bleeding
- Cuts and contusions
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of vision
- Severe headaches
- Skin infections
- Foreign objects in the body
- Upper respiratory infections
Unlike urgent care centers, emergency rooms never close. According to the CDC, there are 139 million emergency department visits per year in the U.S.. They are open and available to anyone who needs emergency care and service 24/7, 365 days a year. Emergency rooms are filled with RNs and highly trained doctors who can treat any life-threatening condition and can offer better diagnostics, treatment, and a higher level of care than many physician and nursing assistant at an urgent care center.
Emergency rooms are ready to respond to any medical emergency and they have the necessary equipment to do so. For example, if you need a CT scan or MRI machine, emergency rooms are guaranteed to have this equipment to properly diagnose any health issues that the patient may have whereas an urgent care may not. Emergency rooms can perform CT scans, X-rays, and have ultrasound technology, all equipment that many urgent care centers lack.
Freestanding emergency rooms like Trusted ER provide an easier and more convenient way for you to get the quality care that you need.
Why You Should Choose Trusted ER
Although long wait times are a typical concern of most patients when they visit the ER, foot-traffic is generally lower at Trusted ER, thus offering patients reduced wait times when you visit our ER.
Our state-of-the-art facility offers a room with a comfortable environment where our patients are seen by our clinical team within a few minutes after arrival. Our board-certified physicians have broad clinical expertise to ensure that you receive the highest quality of care, regardless of your needs.
“Trusted Medical was our idea of what healthcare should be,” says Dr. Harvey Castro. “Spending time with patients, being compassionate with our patients, being that trust, making sure that we understand why we’re here.”
Trusted Medical continues to lead the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in setting the new standard for concierge medical care. At Trusted Medical, our doctors, nurses, and staff are dedicated to “doing the right thing. Every patient. Every time.”