Emergency Medicine 2
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

You need to think fast when you or a loved one is hurt. Do you know the difference between emergency and urgent care situations and know what to do to get the proper care. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the differences in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Most people donít realize there is a difference between emergency medical care and urgent care.

An emergency is a sudden and unexpected medical condition, or the worsening of a condition, which is life-threatening and requires immediate treatment.

Conditions that require emergency care include loss of consciousness, shortness of breath, chest pain, uncontrolled bleeding, sudden or unexpected weakness or paralysis and pregnancy-related medical emergencies.

In an emergency, always seek medical care immediately. Go directly to the nearest emergency facility or call 911.

Urgent Care is medically necessary treatment thatís required for illness or injury that would not result in further disability or death if not treated immediatelyóbut treatment shouldnít be delayed.

Examples of conditions that should receive urgent treatment are: sprains, scrapes, earaches, sore throats and rising temperatureóconditions that are serious, but arenít life threatening.

In an urgent care situation, call your primary care provider or personal physician. He or she will direct you to the appropriate type of care.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.