Urgent VS Emergency Care

Doctor examining patient
Urgent Care – typical symptoms: 
  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Minor breaks and sprains
  • Minor cuts and burns
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Discolorations
  • Earaches
  • Fever
  • Infections
  • Insect bites and rashes
  • Moderate pain
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Emergency Care
If you suspect you are having an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital immediately. 
 Emergency Care – example symptoms
  • Bleeding that will not stop
  • Broken bones that are protruding through the skin
  • Convulsions
  • Poisoning
  • Severe burns
  • Severe dehydration
  • Severe headaches (with no known cause)
  • Trauma
 Emergency symptoms of a heart attack include: 
  • Chest discomfort which may feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, pain or chest tightness. 
  • Upper body discomfort, including pain or achiness in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • These heart attack symptoms are often accompanied by shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness
 Symptoms of a respiratory emergency include:
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Or a bluish color of the lips or fingertips
 Symptoms of stroke include:
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden difficulty walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination
  • These stroke symptoms may be accompanied by a sudden severe headache with no known cause 
 Definition of Emergency
  • A medical condition that may result in serious medical consequences, cause serious impairment to bodily functions, or cause serious and permanent dysfunction of any bodily organ or part.
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