Emergency departments in hospitals are designed to handle life-threatening illnesses and injuries such as heart attack, stroke, trauma, respiratory distress, status epilepticus (uncontrolled seizures), loss of consciousness, burns or any illness or condition that poses an IMMEDIATE risk to life.
Urgent care in an ambulatory setting is designed for non-life-threatening illness and injury such as acute sinusitis, sprains/strains, or any illness or condition that DOES NOT pose an immediate risk to life but requires attention before you can visit your Primary Care Provider during the next business day.
It is important to note that having a Primary Care Provider and scheduling regular, preventative visits is the most effective method to decrease visits to urgent care and emergency departments. These services are very expensive and are not designed to address the holistic needs of individuals.
The best recommendation is to use prevention strategies that improve health and wellness. One strategy is to commit to regular check-ups with your Primary Care Provider.
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