There are more than 300,000 people who visit an emergency room everyday in the United States, but not all urgent medical situations are emergencies that warrant a visit to the emergency room. Frequently, their medical problems are not true emergencies. Flu, earaches, sore throats, fevers, minor cuts & sprains, and sinus infections can all be treated in an urgent care clinic. Even so, these types of complaints are common among emergency room patients, which is what contributes to crowded ER rooms and wait times that can be in excess of 2 hours.
Urgent care clinics can offer quality care that is more cost effective with a lot faster wait times than traditional emergency rooms. Urgent care clinics and centers typically offer on-site services such as x-ray and lab and are usually open evenings, weekends, and holidays. Most ER Alternatives also accept health insurance as well.
When should you go to the ER?
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) offers this list of warning signs that indicate a medical emergency and a reason to go the closest emergency room:
- Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
- Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
- Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
- Changes in vision
- Confusion or changes in mental status
- Any sudden or severe pain
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Suicidal feelings
- Difficulty speaking
- Unusual abdominal pain
If you think your condition is life threatening or will worsen on the way to the ER, call 911. An emergency medical team will be sent to you.
Urgent Care When You Need It:
- Walk-in friendly
- Open 7-days a week 8am-8pm
- In-network for most Arizona insurers
- Open extended hours
- Has X-Ray and Lab onsite
- Staffed by Doctors, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners.