When someone you love is sick or injured, it's not always easy to know what to do. Here's a guide to help you make the right treatment choice for your family. Always call 911 if you think someone is having a medical emergency.
When to go to the ER
Seek the medical expertise and specialized treatment available at an emergency room for severe, non-life-threatening injury or illness, including:
- Allergic reactions/breathing problems
- Broken bones
- Coughing/throwing up blood
- Deep wounds/burns/heavy bleeding
- High, uncontrolled fever
- Head injury/concussion
- Inhaled smoke/toxic fumes
- Persistent, non-specific pain, such as stomach pain or chest pain
- Persistent vomiting/diarrhea/dehydration
- Poisoning/alcohol or drug overdose
- Suicidal thoughts
When to go to an urgent care clinic
Visit an urgent care center for:
- Bronchitis/respiratory infections
- Childhood illnesses
- Common medical tests
- Family and occupational care
- Immunizations, including flu shots
- Minor burns/sunburn
- Suspected broken bones
- Sprains and strains
- Sports physicals
- Strep throat
At Medical City Healthcare, we’re dedicated to the care and improvement of human life. So, we hope you’ll Take Care!
Medical City Healthcare provides comprehensive emergency services across North Texas.
You can also get care for minor injuries or illness at one of the many DFW CareNow® Urgent Care locations, with convenient Web Check-In® so you can wait in the comfort of your home.
The blog ER, urgent care or virtual care? How to make the right choice. was originally published on Take Care on October 23, 2019.