What Is Considered a Minor Emergency?
Accidents happen everyday in El Paso and anyone can be at risk of experiencing a minor medical emergency. But how do you know when to visit the ER and when to get urgent care in El Paso from Summit Urgent Care Center?
First off, it’s helpful to understand that urgent care in El Paso is set up to assist patients with an illness or injury that does not appear to be life-threatening, but also can’t wait until the next day. Urgent care is also available during the hours that most physicians’ offices are closed, allowing patients to receive quality care when they need it most. This includes nights, weekends and most holidays. If you have been faced with a medical condition that is in need of immediate care it can be difficult to discern whether or not it classifies as truly an emergency or if it is a medical issue you can take to Summit Urgent Care Center. In general, an emergency condition is one that can permanently impair or endanger the life of an individual (i.e. heart attack, stroke, suicidal or homicidal thoughts and feelings). Urgent medical conditions are ones that are not considered emergencies but still require care within 24 hours. Some examples would be:
- Accidents and falls
- Sprains and strains
- Moderate back problems
- Breathing difficulties (i.e. mild to moderate asthma)
- Bleeding/cuts — not bleeding a lot but requiring stitches
- Diagnostic services, including X-rays and laboratory tests
- Eye irritation and redness
- Fever or flu
- Vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration
- Severe sore throat or cough
- Minor broken bones and fractures (i.e. fingers, toes)
- Skin rashes and infections
- Urinary tract infections
If you would like more information on urgent care in El Paso, then contact Summit Urgent Care Center at (915) 857-4559 or come by our East Side location at 1523 N. Zaragoza El Paso, Texas 79936.