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What is Urgent Care and when should you use it ?
Life-threatening emergencies, such as a heart attack or a serious head injury, require a visit to the Emergency Department (also commonly referred to as the Emergency Room (ER) at hospitals). Urgent Care centers are setup to assist patients with an illness or injury that does not appear to be life –threatening, but also can’t wait until the next day, or for primary care doctor to see them.
For the days and hours that primary care physicians are closed, urgent care centers provide easy access quality healthcare. At Mount Sinai, our attention to detail and commitment to patient care and satisfaction ensure that patients with urgent medical needs receive the best medical expertise days, nights, weekends and most holidays.
When faced with a medical problem that necessitates immediate care, it is often hard to assess if it is truly an emergency, or if it is an urgent medical issue. (Source: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
What is considered an urgent medical condition?
Urgent medical conditions are ones that are not considered emergencies but still require care within 24 hours. Some examples of such conditions include:
- Accidents and falls
- Sprains and strains
- Moderate back problems
- Breathing difficulties (i.e. mild to moderate asthma)
- Bleeding/cuts — not bleeding a lot but requiring stitches
- Diagnostic services, including X-rays and laboratory tests
- Eye irritation and redness
- Fever or flu
- Vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration
- Severe sore throat or cough
- Minor broken bones and fractures (i.e. fingers, toes)
- Skin rashes and infections
- Urinary tract infections
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