When to Visit Urgent Care vs the Emergency Room

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If your child is injured, there is often a mad rush to get him or her the quickest medical care possible. While there are times that an emergency room is required, an urgent care facility can often provide the same care at a lower price and in less time. But how do you know when your child should be taken to an emergency room and when you can take advantage of urgent care?

Emergency Room

An emergency room should be utilized for just that: emergencies. If your child is experiencing an allergic reaction to food, animal or bug bites; a broken bone; chest pain; constant vomiting or bleeding; shortness of breath; head injuries or unconsciousness, they should be taken an emergency room immediately. For life-threatening injuries, call 911.

Although the ER can care for a number of additional medical situations, it will also cost you more than an urgent care. In fact, emergency rooms cost on average three times more than a visit to an urgent care facility.

Urgent Care

If your child is suffering from a non-emergency medical situation, an urgent care can often offer the same care as an ER. A few of the conditions commonly treated at an urgent care include flu and cough; high fevers; cuts and severe scrapes; sports injuries; earaches; stomach aches and more.

Many people are worried about visiting an urgent care center because they don’t think the doctors are qualified or services are limited. At Medical City Children’s Center Urgent Care, the doctors are all qualified residency-trained pediatricians who are board certified or board eligible.

If you have a child who has suffered an injury that is not life threatening, consider taking them to Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. With medical centers that are focused toward children and open at convenient hours, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care is dedicated to providing children the best possible care.

 Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

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