OK, so if your arm is falling off, you’d know to go to an emergency room, right? But what if you burned your arm? Is that a trip to the ER, or would you go to an urgent care center?
When you’re sick or hurt, you want help, and fast. But there are so many choices today: there are clinics at your pharmacy, there are urgent-are centers, and then there’s the emergency room at your local hospital. In our June issue, we tell you where you should go depending on the severity of your injury or illness.
For instance, if you have sprained your ankle or have a been sting, a walk-in clinic at a pharmacy is probably all you need for some attention. They are generally staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants. CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreen’s, Walmarts and Target stores have them.
For events that are a little more serious, such as needing stitches or help for a migraine, an urgent-care clinic is your best bet. They are staffed by doctors. There are about 9,000 such center sin the United States.
Finally, the ER is where you go for major worrisome symptoms, such as chest or abdominal pain, coughing up blood, severe injury, etc. They’re always open, and always staffed by doctors.
For lots more about these types of treatment centers, pick up the June issue of ShopSmart, on newsstands now.
But please, don’t go to the ER if you think you have the flu!