Business Matters Fall 2018 - Page 20

CHAMBERTHINK COLUMN Urgent Care Vs the Emergency Room Where should you go? T he concept of urgent care clinics is a fairly new one which has gained popularity within the past twenty five or so years. Consequently, there is often confusion regarding where one should go: the urgent care center, or the emergency room. Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules to follow, but hopefully this article may provide some guidelines. Typically urgent care centers are staffed with generalists, doctors or mid-level providers with a breadth of training that prepares them to treat a wide ranging set of health problems in the pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Most urgent care centers are open late, on weekends and most holidays and offer on-site laboratory and x-ray services. Some, like Promptu, also offer supplemental services such as occupational health and worker’s compensation, sports physicals and immunizations. For small lacerations, simple sprains or fractures with no protruding bones, fevers, flu, and many instances of nausea or diarrhea, the urgent care center will ably diagnose and treat you, often with less wait and lower cost than a trip to the ER. 19 BUSINESS MATTERS | FALL 2018