Urgent Care vs. an Emergency Room
- Lauren Kelly 00:01
- Hey, it’s Lauren Kelly, Mix 96-5 with Dr. Trujillo from FRONTLINE ER with this week’s Medical Minute. Okay, very common question, you got to help us out with here doctor. What is the difference between urgent cares and ERs?
- Dr. Trujillo 00:13
- Urgent cares are facilities that were created for minor emergencies, non-life threatening, not considered a major emergency so that you–
- Lauren Kelly 00:19
- So headache, cut on your finger.
- Dr. Trujillo 00:22
- Exactly. Headaches, cut your finger, I’ve got a cold. They have fixed hours, then they close. They’re not open 24 hours. An emergency room has to offer all the options to the patient. We have to have the ability to do advanced radiological studies, which urgent cares do not. We have to be open 24 hours a day and be prepared to admit a patient to the hospital if that patient needs to be admitted. So we are a more complete package versus a urgent care and we’re open 24 hours a day. That leads to the fact that we are board certified in emergency medicine.
- Lauren Kelly 00:57
- Online at frontlineer.com. Thank you so much and see you next week for the FRONTLINE ER Medical Minute.
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