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.

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