quicker at an urgent care center than in
the hospital emergency room, where the
sickest patients are treated first. In addition, urgent care centers usually charge
less than ERs. But it’s important to know
that urgent care centers are not equipped
to handle serious conditions.
Emergency rooms at hospitals are
open ;; hours a day, ;;; days a year. For
serious injuries or illnesses, when minutes
count, this is the place to go. Emergency
rooms have highly qualified nurses and
doctors, advanced medical equipment and
access to specialists, says Kaplan.
Visiting an urgent care center first
may delay medical care for a serious condition, particularly while the patient is
transferred to a hospital.
A number of medical conditions are
considered emergencies because they can
require rapid or advanced treatments
(such as surgery) that are available only in
a hospital setting. C
Denver–based freelance writer Valerie
Finholm regularly covers health issues.
URGENT OR EMERGENCY?
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