Urgent Care

When to use an urgent care or
go to the emergency room.

When a medical problem arises that requires immediate attention, it is often difficult to know if it is truly an emergency, or whether it is simply an urgent medical issue. Generally, an emergency is a condition that may threaten an individual's life or cause impairment. On the other hand, urgent care can treat medical problems that while not emergencies, require care within 24 hours. 

Some examples of urgent care conditions that can be treated at your MyCareClinic include: 

➢Accidents and falls

➢Cold and flu

➢Bumps and bruises

➢Headaches

➢Ear infections

➢Urinary tract infections

➢Sprains and broken bones

➢Back problems

➢Abdominal pain

➢Bleeding/cuts -- not bleeding a lot, but requiring stitches

➢High fever

➢Vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration

➢Sore throat or cough

➢Mild to moderate asthma

 

If a medical problem is life-threatening, call 911 immediately, and care will be provided at the nearest emergency room (ER). However, ER visits should be reserved for true emergencies, such as life-threatening accidents or chest pain. A visit to the ER without an actual emergency can be costly and inefficient, and detract medical care from individuals who truly need emergency care. Common situations needing emergency room care: 

•Difficulty in breathing

•Unconsciousness

•Severe bleeding

•Poisoning

•Chest pain or pressure

•Moderate to severe burns

•Convulsions or seizures

•Serious head, neck or back injury

 

•Loss of limb or severe broken bone