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The Difference Between Emergency Room and Urgent Care

During a medical situation, it can be difficult to know where to go to get the proper treatment. With 24-hour urgent care locations all over the Plano, TX area, determining what illness or ailment should be treated at urgent care versus an emergency room can be tricky. According to a recent study, 44 to 65% of all emergency room visits could have instead been treated at an urgent care facility. While these statistics prove that more people need to think about the difference between t [...]


The Importance of Convenient Care Today

Most people know that we're approaching a bit of crisis with our healthcare system. In 2009, there was a drop in medical school seniors picking "family medicine" as their specialty. Luckily, there's been an upswing in "convenient care" -- between urgent care centers, walk-in clinics located in pharmacies, and other pop-up type clinics. Whether you have itchy eyes, a weird skin rash, or a broken wrist, you can seek out urgent care and get it checked out -- no worries if you can't get in to [...]


How Urgent Care Can Help You With Shortness of Breath

Whether you have an inexplicable rash or difficulty breathing, we've all had a medical scare. In some cases, emergency care was what was needed, but in other cases, a visit to urgent care suited just fine. Urgent care is a wonderful after hours medical care option or place to go if you need convenient care that's urgent, but a non-emergency. Though the urgent care center market is fairly fragmented (per HealthCare Appraisers), that also means that there's likely an urgent care center in y [...]


3 Benefits of Urgent Care Treatment

In 2016, 27% of patients in the United States stated that they had been to an urgent care clinic within the previous two years. There are many benefits that urgent care treatment offers, and Health Advocate's blog lists three of them.1. Convenience.The Urgent Care Association of America's 2016 Benchmarking Report found that in the previous year, 92% of all urgent care clinics consistently offered wait times that were 30 minutes or less. This is especially important to patients with busy s [...]


How to Choose the Right Urgent Care Clinic

As a patient, you have several options available to you for convenient medical treatment. If you are not facing a true emergency but cannot wait to be seen by your regular physician, urgent care facilities may very well be your best option. But it's important to note that not all urgent medical care centers are created equal. Some are independently run, while others are affiliated with hospitals or with universities. The quality of care offered may differ as well as the costs and convenie [...]


What Is Urgent Care Used For?

What is urgent care used for? This is an important question for anyone in need of health services. Though emergency centers are great for treating serious health concerns, between 44% and 65% of all emergency room episodes could have been treated at urgent care facilities.Urgent care centers offer convenient care for individuals and families who are in need of various health services, but aren't exactly in severe, life-threatening danger.According to Every Day Health, urgent care faciliti [...]


Immediate Care: An innovative Healthcare Model

Urgent care facilities are popular due to their convenient after-hours medical care and their ability to quickly treat common ailments and minor injuries. Recent studies support this. During 2016, 27% of patients in America replied that within the previous two years, they had sought care at an urgent care clinic. Also in 2016, the Urgent Care Association of America's Benchmarking Report revealed that in the previous year, upper respiratory infections, sinusitis, coughs, pharyngitis, and b [...]


Food Poisoning Vs. Stomach Bug: How to Tell the Difference

This time of year, germs tend to run rampant. With lots of illnesses going around, it can sometimes be tough to tell exactly what is making you sick. In some cases, symptoms may overlap and you might not be sure whether your indigestion is due to a virus or something you ate. To clear up the confusion, we'll be discussing some of the differences between food poisoning and stomach bugs in today's post. Once you have a better idea of what's causing your illness, you'll be able to [...]


Childhood Emergency Signs: What Parents Should Watch For

The last thing any parent wants is for their child to feel sick. Fortunately, a run-of-the-mill cough or cold can warrant a trip to your local pediatric urgent care facility. With some rest and lots of TLC, your little one will be back in good spirits in no time. But in some cases, your child's symptoms may be a bit more serious. They may even require 24 hour emergency care. But how can you tell whether that serious action is necessary? In today's post, we'll be discussing some signs that [...]


Treatment for Work-Related Injuries: ER or Urgent Care?

Although business owners and managers try to do everything in their power to protect employee injuries, accidents can still occur. In many cases, physical injuries can occur as a result. But even if those injuries may not seem serious, it's essential that employees receive immediate medical attention to ensure both they and the employer are protected. However, it's not always clear where these injured employees should go to receive medical treatment. Is it an emergency situation, or shoul [...]