Emergency Room vs. After-hours Care Center

You are making supper for your family, and accidently cut your hand. The pain is manageable, but you are worried about the deepness of the cut. So, what do you do? Do you make your way to the emergency room? Or do you head to the nearest after-hours care center?

After-hours Care Centers

After-hours care centers are perfect for most non-emergency situations. You should visit an after-hours care center if you experience any of the following:

  • Acid reflux
  • Broken bones and sprains
  • Cold sores
  • Coughs, congestion and sinus problems
  • Ear infections
  • Flu or cold symptoms
  • Headache or headache with history of migraines
  • Mild asthma, croup
  • Mild fever
  • Minor abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Minor allergic reactions
  • Minor animal or insect bites
  • Minor burns
  • Minor cuts that need stitches
  • Minor infections: sore throat, earache, or cough
  • Minor lacerations, contusions, or abrasions
  • Minor skin infections and rashes
  • Minor trauma, sprains, back pain, or simple fractures
  • Painful urination
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Pink eye or other minor eye problems
  • Rashes
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Sinus infections
  • Throat pain
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting

Emergency Room

Simply put, emergency rooms are perfect for emergency situations. You should visit an emergency room if you experience any of the following:

  • Animal bites
  • Bleeding that is not controllable
  • Broken bones
  • Chest pain
  • Extreme pain, especially if the case is unknown
  • Eye injuries
  • Falls with injury or while taking blood thinners
  • Fever in the elderly or infants under 12 months
  • Head injuries
  • Heart emergencies, including heart attack and cardiac arrest
  • Injuries as a result of a car accident
  • Loss of consciousness or vision
  • Major allergic reactions
  • Open fractures
  • Persistent chest pain
  • Poisoning
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Seizures without a previous diagnosis of epilepsy
  • Serious burns
  • Severe breathing problems
  • Stroke
  • Suspected poisoning or drug overdose
  • Traumatic injuries, especially head injuries
  • Weakness or paralysis

 

If the health problem or condition is severe or life-threatening, choose an emergency room for medical assistance. If the health problem or condition is minor, take advantage of the medical assistance provided by your local urgent care.

When a medical or health problem arises, it is often difficult to make timely and accurate decisions. If you are ever unsure as to the type of care you need, please call     ASK-A-NURSE at 800-658-3535.

For more information about Hegg’s after-hours care and emergency services, please visit https://www.hegghc.org/after-hours-clinic/.

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