When you're in the heat of the moment, trying to make a decision in an emergency, it can be hard to think straight and make a decision. This is why it is so important to be informed about your options for care before an emergency situation comes up. Of course, sometimes there is no avoiding the emergency room -- if it is life-threatening, you should definitely go straight to the ER. But if it's less urgent, yet still an emergency, you can get emergency room care in other forms. Read on for a few options.
Just to reiterate the important point in this: the emergency room is always the right option in a life-threatening situation. You can of course go to the emergency room for other issues if that is where you feel the most comfortable, but it is the only option for life-or-death issues.
Mobile Care Units
These started in Florida, but are now spreading across America in major cities. Mobile care units are doctors who make house calls, equipped with most of what you'd find in an actual doctor's office. They can come right to your home, or other location given, and treat the issue on the spot. It's a great option for bites, cuts, rashes, burns, and/or quick checkups.
Most people have heard of urgent care centers by now, but they are basically a walk in clinic that treats much of what a traditional ER does. They treat nearly three million patients each week, with 20,000 of the best doctors in each area. They are able to treat things such as strains and sprains, and four out of five are able to treat fractures. They are available for hazmat screenings, STD testing, flu shots, colds and influenzas, burns, lacerations, check ups, and so much more. They are located in most cities now, and are rapidly expanding each year. Their vast amount of services are taking some of the heat off of emergency rooms, helping with the recent issue of ER crowding.
Have you tried any of these before? What was your experience like? Do you have a favorite option? Let us hear your thoughts!