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Urgent Care or ER: Where Should You Go?

The next time you have a cold, the flu, broken bone… or if you or a loved one is experiencing chest pain or stroke symptoms, where should you go? Urgent Care can provide treatment for a lot of conditions. But for others, it’s important to go to the ER or call 911. In this WIS Health U news report, Dr. Don Moore of Lexington Medical Center explains the difference.


Generally speaking, urgent care centers provide treatment for less serious illness or injuries when your primary care physician is unavailable. They include: earaches, sore throats, sprains and strains, cold and flu symptoms, pink eye, sinus infections, seasonal allergies, urinary tract infections, mild asthma, stomach flu, simple cuts or wounds, and fever without a rash.

Call 911 if you or a loved one is experiencing a life-threatening emergency such as a heart attack, stroke, a severe injury or if you’re having trouble breathing. Conditions that may require immediate care in the ER include: loss of consciousness, signs of a heart attack or stroke including chest pain, chest discomfort and shortness of breath, uncontrolled or excessive bleeding, coughing or vomiting blood, a head injury, sudden or unexpected paralysis, sudden onset of severe pain or abdominal pain, poisoning, overdose, violent injuries from gunshots or stabbing and emotional stress or suicidal feelings.

Lexington Medical Center operates five Urgent Care facilities around Lexington County and treats more than 85,000 patients each year in its Emergency department. Visit LexMed.com

Urgent Care Or Emergency Room: Where Should You Go?

It’s become a busy time at Lexington Medical Center for colds, the flu, pneumonia and respiratory illnesses. In this WLTX interview, Dr. Jeff Johr of Lexington Medical Center Urgent Care breaks down when you should go to Urgent Care and when you really need the ER.

 

It’s important to know the difference. Here are lists to help you make the right decision.

Emergency Room
~Loss of consciousness
~Signs of a heart attack or stroke
~Uncontrolled or excessive bleeding
~Coughing up or vomiting blood
~Head injury, a serious injury or major injuries from a serious car accident
~Sudden or unexpected paralysis
~Sudden onset of severe pain or abdominal pain
~Poisoning, suspected poisoning or overdose
~Violent injuries from gunshots or stabbing
~Emotional distress, including suicidal or homicidal feelings

Urgent Care
~Earaches
~Sore throats
~Sprains and strains
~Cold and flu symptoms
~Pink eye
~Sinus infections
~Seasonal allergies
~Urinary tract infections
~Mild asthma
~Stomach flu
~Simple cuts or wounds
~Fever without a rash

Meanwhile, chronic pain or recurring pain events that require specific pain medications should be addressed by your primary care physician or your pain specialist.

Lexington Medical Center operates Urgent Care centers in convenient locations around Lexington County. Visit LexMed.com to learn more.

Think Fast: How to Help Someone Who is Choking

This week, WIS-TV interviewed Dr. Don Moore of Lexington Medical Center’s Urgent Care in Irmo about how to help someone who is choking. The segment is below. The information is very valuable in a situation where you have to think fast.

Here are some notes from the doctor:

~When someone is choking, they will not be able to talk.
~Ask the person to try to cough.
~If the person cannot cough, try an abdominal thrust. From behind, put a clenched first above the person’s belly button and place your other hand over it. Pull up as if you were trying to lift the person off the ground, which will create a pressure wave to hopefully expel the object.
~If that doesn’t work, try back blows. With the base of your hand, hit the person on the back between the shoulder blades.
~Alternate between abdominal thrusts and back blows until the object is out.
~If the person goes unconscious, call 911 and start CPR.
~Anyone who has had a choking episode should see a physician to make sure they’re OK.

~If you’re alone, try performing an abdominal thrust by yourself with the help of a chair or table.

~If you have a baby who is choking, tip the child over and perform softer back blows.