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Healthy Living A Decision in Healthcare Emergency Room vs. Quick Care Clinics When you’re ailing, it can be an extremely stressful time. Evaluating the seriousness of your current state, reviewing insurance coverage and mak- ing the right decisions for proper care all need to be considered, and oftentimes in a split second. Recognizing the importance of helping com- munity members select the appropriate level of care for immediate health concerns, the physicians at UMC examine the many differences between hospital emergency departments and UMC Quick Care locations. “It may be difficult for community members to determine when a visit to the ER is necessary,” says UMC Chief of Staff and Chief of Emergency Medicine Dr. Dale Carrison. “While every case is unique, and it is difficult to provide a fully comprehensive list of the conditions that warrant emer- gency care, the definition of an emergency is based on the individual patient’s view of the situation.” Dr. Carrison encourages people to imme- diately call 911 for transportation to an ER if they experience the following: • • • • • • Significant chest pain Severe allergic reactions with difficulty breathing Severe respiratory problems Stroke or neurological symptoms or complications Time-sensitive, potentially life-threatening emergencies Significant trauma “ER visits are also appropriate for emergencies such as severe abdominal pain, coughing up or vomiting blood, pregnancy-related bleeding, head injuries that lead to unconsciousness, black tarry stools and many other serious conditions,” Dr. Carrison says, urging people to call 911 for assis- tance when needed. For parents of young children, determining the need for an ER visit can be even more difficult, as many children lack the communication skills to explain their symptoms. Dr. Kreg Burnette, a Pediatric Emergency Department attending physician at Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC, If you do feel a trip to the ER is warranted, it’s important to be calm and understanding of the many types of patients that are being evaluated for care. “If you believe the situation is an emergency, you should go to the Emergency Department,” says Dr. Carrison. “We are available as a resource for the community, and we don’t want to discourage anyone who thinks they have an emergency from coming to the department. Our goal at UMC is to see every patient as rapidly as possible, but people who visit the Emergency Department have to understand that patients who have chest pain are going to be seen before patients who have a sore throat.” Dr. Carrison encourages patients with less severe conditions such as a sore throat or flu-like symptoms to consider visiting a UMC Quick Care location. Bridging the gap between primary care and the emergency room, UMC’s seven Quick Care locations provide urgent care services for an array of minor emergencies and common conditions, including colds, coughs, minor lacerations, skin rashes, allergy symptoms, most fractures and many other ailments. When compared to emergency departments, Quick Care locations typically serve as a significantly more cost-effective option. Still, it’s important to understand their role is not the same as an ER. UMC Quick Care Physician Manager Dr. Keralapura Subramanyam says Quick Care teams will stabilize patients and transfer them to the ER when needed, but she encourages community members to educate themselves about the warning signs of serious medical conditions that require emergency care. UMC’s robust health care system offers seven Quick Care facilities, seven primary care locations, and dedicated adult and pediatric emergency departments. In addition, UMC provides a wide range of exclusive and highly specialized services, including Nevada’s only Level I Trauma Center, Designated Pediatric Trauma Center, Burn Care Unit and Center for Transplantation. For additional information about UMC’s Emergency Departments and Quick Care locations, please visit ◆ 64 says children should visit the Hݡѡ䁡ٔձ䁉ɕѡ)͕ٕɔɽ̸1͕ٕ́ɔѥ́Ց՝̰)ѥٕȁɅ́͡䁹ЁɕեɔɔɽHͥ)䁉ɕѕ䁄ɥȁɝЁɔͥЁȸ) ɹє٥͕́ɕ́Ѽ͔ѡȁՑЁݡͥ)Ёɝ䁍ɔq%׊eɔЁѼͱЁа׊eɔ)͍ɕȁȁѡѡЁ́ɕͽѼѼѡɝ)ѵгtȸ ɹє̸ͅq]ݽձՍɅѡȁ͕ѥЁ)͕ԁѡٔЁͽѡՍɔ͕ɥ̻t)9ٕȽȀ)MA=9M=I =9Q9