When should you choose an Urgent Care vs an Emergency Room?

This is sometimes a difficult choice for patients and in some types of medical conditions, time is of the essence. The answer depends on the characteristics of the facility you choose and the nature of your medical problem. For example, the type of professionals that staff the facility ( MDs vs NPs vs PAs) combined with what type of equipment is available for diagnosis and treatment purposes ( Ct Scanner , MRI, EKG, Microscopes for Eye examination, etc) all combine into the decision making process. If you are in Bend, Oregon and need urgent medical services, Call Us at Mountain Medical Urgent Care 541-388-7799.

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Rule Number One: heart attacks and strokes are best treated in the emergency department. Urgent Care Clinics are not usually equipped to diagnose and treat these issues. So if one is having symptoms consistent with either of these conditions, its best to call 911. A loss of consciousness, especially from trauma should also be evaluated in an ER because almost always a Cat Scan or MRI will be ordered. Here are a few more issues that should be addressed in the ER:

  • Chest pain or difficulty breathing
  • Weakness/numbness on one side
  • Slurred speech
  • Fainting/change in mental state
  • Serious burns
  • Head injury
  • Concussion with confusion
  • Seizures
  • Vaginal bleeding with pregnancy

Rule Number Two: When in doubt CAll 911, its always better to err on the side of caution then to risk life or limb. Rule Number Three: most lacerations and suspected broken bones can be evaluated in an Urgent Care Setting along with common illnesses such as upper respiratory, gastrointestinal and urinary tract infections.

If you are in Bend, Oregon and need urgent medical services, Call Us at Mountain Medical Urgent Care 541-388-7799.

This infographic from Scripps Health offers information about when you should go to urgent care and when it’s time for the emergency room or walk-in clinic.
Image Source Scripps Clinic