Urgent Care Center in Laurel, MD
You may believe that if you experience an injury or illness after normal doctor's hours, an immediate trip to the emergency room is your only option.
This is certainly the case with life-threatening conditions such as a heart attack or bone breaks. But what about serious, yet not necessarily life-threatening conditions? In those cases, there is a third, and often times, more cost-effective option known as urgent care. If you're in need of urgent care, please call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
What is Urgent Care?
The primary goal of an urgent care center is to treat serious, but non-life threatening illnesses and injuries that cannot wait for a primary care visit to be scheduled. While an urgent care center is generally not open 24 hours like an emergency room, they do offer extended evening and weekend hours that most primary care offices do not.
Urgent care doctors are trained in primary care , emergency care medicine, and operate with a full nursing staff. Urgent care centers are also equipped with x-ray machines for diagnosing minor bone breaks and sprains.
If you are in need of an urgent care professional, or would simply like to learn more, please call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
When to Visit an Urgent Care Center
The difference between a life-threatening and non-life threatening illness or injury can sometimes be unclear. Below is a list of serious, but non-life threatening conditions that can be addressed at an urgent care center:
- Accidents and falls
- Sprains or strains
- Minor bone breaks
- Moderate back injury
- Trouble breathing
- Asthma attacks
- Non-serious cuts that may still require stitches
- Eye irritation
- High fever
- Vomiting, diarrhea, or dehydration
- Severe sore throat or cough
- Rashes or infections
- Urinary tract infections
When to Visit the Emergency Room
Despite being well equipped to handle a wide range of medical conditions, it is still very important that you enter an emergency room immediately when experiencing a life threatening illness or injury. Some of the most common examples of a life threatening condition include:
- Signs of a heart attack, such as chest pain or trouble breathing
- Signs of a stroke, including vision loss, sudden numbness, weakness, slurred speech, confusion
- Bone breaks that stick out through the skin
- Heavy bleeding
- Severe burns
- Severe abdominal pain
- Accidental poisoning
- Severe head, neck, or back injury
Discover the Benefits of Urgent Care
With extended hours, shorter wait times, and lower costs, more and more patients are turning to urgent care centers for many of their medical needs. If you are experiencing a non-life threatening illness or injury that needs immediate attention, or would like to learn more about urgent care, please call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
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