ER vs Urgent Care

Emergencies can happen at any time, and it’s important to be prepared. Should you experience a situation where you are questioning whether or not to go to the emergency room, the listing below can help you make an informed decision; however, please keep in mind that if you experience any symptoms you believe to be an emergency, seek medical attention immediately. In the event of an emergency please dial 9-1-1, or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Emergency facility is recommended if you experience:

  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Broken bone
  • Fainting
  • High fever
  • Ingestion of obstructive object
  • Major head injury
  • Palpitations
  • Pneumonia
  • Seizures
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe asthma attack
  • Severe burns
  • Severe headache
  • Shock
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unconsciousness
  • Uncontrollable bleeding

A visit to an urgent care facility or your primary care physician is recommended if you experience*: 

  • Allergic reaction
  • Asthma attack (minor)
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds, cough, flu, fever
  • Dehydration
  • Dizziness
  • Ear infection
  • Insect bite
  • Migraine
  • Minor burns, including sunburns
  • Minor cuts/lacerations
  • Minor head injury (not including head injury while on blood thinners)
  • Nausea
  • Pink eye
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Sprain or strain
  • Urinary tract infection

*Some of the above symptoms can be more severe in pediatric cases, please contact your pediatrician with any concerns