Emergency Medicine 2

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

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 todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Most people dont 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, on the other hand, is medically necessary treatment thats required for illness or injury that would not result in further disability or death if not treated immediatelybut treatment shouldnt be delayed.

Examples of conditions that should receive urgent treatment are: sprains, scrapes, earaches, sore throats and rising temperatureconditions that are serious, but arent 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, Im Dr. Edward Hill.