When should you go to an Urgent Care vs an ER?

When should you go to an Urgent Care vs ER?

At Immediate Care of Oklahoma, we are happy to see you for any medical concerns that are nonlife threatening. For more information, call us now. We have 7 convenient locations to serve you in Oklahoma City, OK.

When should you go to an Urgent Care vs ER - We serve patients from West Moore OK, Norman (HealthPlex) OK, Norman (24th) OK, Edmond OK, Yukon OK, I-240 & Sooner RD OK, Tecumseh OK
When should you go to an Urgent Care vs ER - We serve patients from West Moore OK, Norman (HealthPlex) OK, Norman (24th) OK, Edmond OK, Yukon OK, I-240 & Sooner RD OK, Tecumseh OK

Table of Contents:

When is the best time to go to an urgent care?
When should you not go to the emergency room?
What’s the difference between urgent care and emergency care?
What are common reasons to go to an emergency room?

Both urgent care clinics and emergency rooms provide essential medical services. With that being said, it may not always be clear when you should visit an urgent care clinic or an emergency room when you require same-day medical attention.

When is the best time to go to an urgent care?


In general, the best time to go to an urgent care clinic is if you require same-day medical attention for a medical concern that is not life-threatening, and either are unable to see your primary care doctor or do not have a primary care doctor. Besides life-threatening medical emergencies, urgent care clinics can provide a broad range of services and treatments. At Immediate Care of Oklahoma, we offer the following treatments and services:

Abdominal pain
Allergic reactions
Asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and other respiratory illnesses
Back pain
Burns, cuts, and lacerations
Cold and flu treatment
Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exams
Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting
Dislocations, fractures, sprains, and strains
Drug testing
Ear, throat, and sinus infections
Employment physicals
Eye infections
Flu shots and immunizations
Mononucleosis treatment
Motor vehicle accident injuries
Occupational medicine
On-site laboratory and X-ray services
Pink eye (conjunctivitis) treatment
Rashes and skin infections
School and sports physicals
Strep throat treatment
Suture removal
Tick bites and other insect bites and stings
Tuberculosis (TB) testing
Walk-in electrocardiogram (EKG)
Wellness shots
Worker’s compensation injury management and treatment

When should you not go to the emergency room?


While you can technically go to the emergency room for any medical concern, it is not always the best choice. As such, if you are dealing with a medical concern that is not life-threatening and an urgent care clinic is open, or you are able to see your primary care doctor in a short enough amount of time, you should avoid the emergency room and go to an urgent care clinic or see your primary care doctor.

Since emergency rooms prioritize patients based on the severity of their medical concern, with life-threatening medical emergencies at the top of that list, they tend to have long wait times for patients that are experiencing medical concerns that are not life-threatening or do not require immediate treatment. Moreover, the services provided in an emergency room are typically more expensive than urgent care or primary care clinics.

What’s the difference between urgent care and emergency care?


The main difference between urgent care and emergency care is that emergency care is able to provide treatment for life-threatening medical emergencies, while urgent care is not sufficiently equipped to provide treatment for such emergencies. While both urgent care clinics and emergency rooms conduct patient evaluations for patients when they arrive for medical attention, urgent care clinics are able to function on a first-come, first-served basis more frequently than emergency rooms because they do not treat life-threatening emergencies. As a result, urgent care clinics typically have shorter wait times than emergency rooms before a patient is able to see a medical provider.

What are common reasons to go to an emergency room?


The main reason to go to the emergency room is if you are experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency. Another reason to go to the emergency room is if you require immediate medical care and there are no urgent care clinics open in your area when you need treatment. Some signs and symptoms that you should go to the emergency room for treatment include the following:

Choking
Compound fracture, or broken bone that pierces through the skin
Difficulty breathing or stopped breathing
Head injury that causes confusion, fainting, or passing out
Heavy bleeding
High fever with a severe headache and neck stiffness
Injury to the neck or spine, especially if it causes inability to move or a loss of feeling
Seizure that lasts between three to five minutes
Severe burn
Severe chest pain or tightness
Sudden and unexplained pain in the arm or jaw
Sudden inability to see, speak, move, or walk
Suddenly weak or drooping on one side of the body
Overdose

For urgent care services, we welcome you to come to Immediate Care of Oklahoma! Please feel free to schedule an appointment through our website, by calling us, or by visiting one of our seven clinics in Edmond, Norman, Yukon, and Oklahoma City, OK, for a walk-in appointment. We serve patients from West Moore OK, Norman (HealthPlex) OK, Norman (24th) OK, Edmond OK, Yukon OK, I-240 & Sooner RD OK, Tecumseh OK, and Bethany OK.

Our Locations

Edmond

Norman (Healthplex)

  • 3400 Tecumseh Rd Norman (HealthPlex), OK 73072
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Norman (24TH)

Tecumseh

Yukon

  • 10616 US Highway 66 Suite 100 Yukon, OK 73099
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West Moore

  • 11808 S May Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73170 (South OKC)
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l-240 & Sooner Rd.

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