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Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care Facility
Date:5/7/2013

MIAMI, FL. (PRWEB) May 07, 2013

Emergency rooms are not always the fastest choice for medical care needs, and certainly not the most cost-effective. For conditions that are not life threatening, patients may be able to save time and money by going to a local urgent care facility. Sometimes called a “doc in a box,” freestanding walk-in centers usually offer extended hours, their doctors can treat non-life-threatening medical situations, perform basic X-rays and lab work, and dispense prescriptions.

It can be difficult to know whether an illness or injury is really an emergency, but the judgment is for the patient to make. If the condition is obviously life threatening, or causing severe pain and distress, then the need for an emergency room is clear. Says Dr. Korn of Fastcare, and advises on Urgent care treatment versus Emergency room.

According to Dr. Mathew Korn, FastCare, urgent care midtown facilities, are for non-life-threatening conditions that need attention right away. These include minor traumas such as cuts, sprains, eye injuries, flu, fever, insect bites, and simple fractures. Patients are usually seen on a walk-in basis, and many centers have extended hours. By administering an EKG or adjusting a diabetes medication, Aventura and Miami urgent care centers can even help manage chronic health conditions after normal business hours, when the family doctor may not be available.
Fast Care centers have computerized radiology equipment and the ability to do lab work such as a complete blood count (CBC) test or electrolyte test. They can also run diagnostic tests for conditions such as mono, strep, pregnancy, flu, and viruses, accor
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