The Emergi-Care Difference: Historically, a medical emergency meant a trip to your local hospital emergency room, and likely an hours-long wait to be seen. In recent years, however, freestanding medical facilities have popped up in neighborhoods all across the US.
Not all of these centers are created equal, though, so you should know what your neighborhood facility offers before you need it.
Urgent Care Facilities
While the facility closest to you may be an urgent care facility, that doesn’t mean it will be open and equipped to handle your critical situation. Urgent care facilities are not open 24 hours a day, and may not be open on holidays. These facilities are also limited to the types of conditions they are equipped to treat. Generally, an urgent care facility is able to treat minor, non-life-threatening conditions such as:
- Minor burns or injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Coughs, colds, sore throat
- Ear infections
- Allergic reactions (non-life-threatening)
- Fever or flu-like symptoms
- Rash or other skin irritation
- Mild asthma
- Broken bones
- Animal bites
For less severe medical needs – including sports physicals and flu shots – urgent care facilities may be a good choice, without the lengthy wait times common to the hospital.
The Emergi-Care Difference
Emergi-Care in Clear Lake is a freestanding emergency medical care facility that can treat any condition, ailment, or injury that would be treated at a traditional hospital emergency room.
- Acute abdominal pain
- Asthma and breathing problems
- Bladder and kidney problems
- Chest pains and heart attacks
- Head injuries
- Pain control
Unlike urgent care centers, this emergent facility is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is regulated by the State of Texas, and is required by the Department of Health to meet strict standards in all areas of staffing, services, and equipment.
At Emergi-Care, patients are treated by board-certified physicians and nurses trained in critical procedures and medicine. And, these facilities are equipped with their own laboratory, X-ray, and CT equipment so lab results are completed in a matter of minutes. When hospital admittance is required, hospital transfer will be arranged quickly and efficiently.
Being well-informed about the medical facilities near you may make all the difference when you’re faced with your next emergency.