When to Visit Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room
You always hope the summer will go off without a hitch. However, if you or a loved one becomes ill or injured, you must know ahead of time where to seek medical care and treatment. The emergency room plays a vital role in providing life-saving services, but sometimes, urgent care is more appropriate.
While the summer is all about sun and fun, there are certain health care concerns that are more common at this time. Some summer conditions can be addressed quickly at an urgent care so you can get back to enjoying the summer as soon as possible.
Common Summer Ailments
Some of the most prevalent injuries that occur in summer include:
- Sports injuries such as sprains, strains, and fractures
- Head injuries
- Insect and animal bites such as bees, ticks, and dogs
- Rashes from poison ivy, oak, sumac
- Heatstroke and dehydration
- Burns – including sunburns
- Food poisoning
When to Visit Urgent Care
Treatment at an urgent care clinic is advised if the summer injury or illness is not life-threatening. Urgent care centers can tend to walk in patients quickly so that care and treatment are received without delay. Please bear in mind that an urgent care is not a substitute for an emergency room. If you believe your ailment is life-threatening in any way, please call 911 and visit the emergency room immediately. For everything else, the team at an urgent care can help.
For minor to moderate injuries and medical issues, visit Sand Canyon Urgent Care. Our team of providers are expertly trained and have years of hands on knowledge and are able to efficiently and effectively handle all medical conditions. If a higher level of care is needed, our triage staff and/or providers will direct patients to the appropriate specialist, or to an emergency room for further treatment. Call us today for more information!