ER Visit vs. Urgent Care: Knowing Where to Go

Where should I go? It depends on many factors but creates a lot of confusion.

My name is John Shero, and I am the CEO for ER Near Me.  

ER Near Me … Great name, right? It makes our concierge emergency room easier to find. I am not a physician or nurse, so your questions are the same questions I have when my family and friends ask me where they should go.

First, spoiler alert, I am biased to FSERs (freestanding emergency rooms) for most emergencies. So, what are the right circumstances and why?

When to Go to Urgent Care

Let’s start with Urgent Care. If you have an illness after hours that you are comfortable visiting a primary care physician’s office, Urgent Care is probably the right choice. They are more focused on minor injury or illnesses, cost less, and have fewer diagnostic resources available. 

Choosing an urgent care center over the emergency room (ER) can save you time and money.

An Urgent Care can treat you for common conditions, including:

  • Cough, cold and sore throat
  • Earaches and infections
  • Fever and flu symptoms
  • Back and joint pain
  • Minor cuts, sprains and burns
  • Animal bites
  • Headaches
  • Mild asthma
  • Urinary tract infections

Urgent Cares are usually staffed with nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other mid-level medical staff. No complaints; these are great medical providers in the right situation. Urgent Care is usually in contract with most health insurance and federal programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare. These programs do not utilize FSERs since not every state allows the freestanding model. 

Urgent Cares are also not usually open 24/7, so they may not be available for those middle-of-the-night or holiday illnesses or injuries. In many cases, Urgent Care is used as an alternative to a primary care physician.

When to Go to a Freestanding Emergency Room

Now that we have looked at Urgent Care; what the heck is an FSER? It looks just like an FSER; it’s located in a neighborhood, typically in a single building. There is no big parking lot, and the lobby usually has a small waiting room (similar to what you see at an Urgent Care). 

You are probably thinking, “You guys are just trying to trick me.” No one is trying to fool you; we are just trying to bring emergency medicine to the neighborhood. Emergency medicine is made local, convenient, has no wait time, and is staffed by local, consistent healthcare providers. 

The FSER primary service area is 3 to 5 miles. The goal of an FSER is not to replace your primary care physician, Urgent Care, or hospital but to argue and be a safe and local alternative for emergency services.

FSERs are similar to a hospital in that they are meant for true medical emergencies. At ER Near Me, for example, we can handle emergency room services, diagnostics, and treatment. Our doors are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including holidays).

An FSER may be best if you experience:

  • Sudden dizziness or loss of coordination
  • Seizure or loss of consciousness
  • Sudden numbness or weakness
  • Disorientation or difficulty speaking
  • Severe cuts or burns
  • Heart attack, chest pain or chest pressure
  • Overdose
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Shortness of breath or severe asthma attack
  • Head injury/major trauma
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Blurry or loss of vision

What Are the Advantages of ER Near Me?

The advantages of a concierge emergency room like ER Near Me over Urgent Care are extensive but easily understandable.

ER Near Me’s emergency room services and care are provided by expert medical professionals with minimal wait times and concierge service. Our team welcomes patients with open arms around the clock, offering concierge emergency medical assistance.
Do you have more questions about ER Near Me’s emergency room services and care? Check out our blog FAQs Asked About ER Near Me’s Concierge Emergency Care.

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