Urgent Care centers provide immediate care, screening and diagnostic services. They provide walk-in, extended hour access for acute illness and injury care that is either beyond the scope and/or the accessibility/ availability of the typical primary care practice or clinic. Among the most common conditions treated in urgent care centers are:
  • Earaches and infections
  • Minor cuts, sprains and burns
  • Fever and flu symptoms
  • Cough, cold and sore throat
  • Animal bites
  • Mild asthma
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Headaches

Most centers also treat fractures and provide intravenous fluids while offering onsite X-ray, laboratory and phlebotomy services. Urgent care centers do not care for life (or limb) threatening situations, but will stabilize patients while securing emergency transport. The majority of urgent care centers employ family practice and emergency physicians, as well as licensed healthcare professionals, including physician assistants, nurse practitioners, radiology technicians and registered nurses.

Emergency rooms are meant for true medical emergencies. They can handle trauma, x-rays, surgical procedures, and other life-threatening situations. Most hospitals have an emergency room that’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Comon Examples:
  • Severe cuts or burns
  • Heart attack, chest pain or chest pressure
  • Overdose
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Severe allergic reactions