Getting Emergency Care
In Case of an Emergency
Whether taking a spill ice skating, or grabbing a too-hot pot, any accident or injury is stressful. Do you go to the emergency room, or can you wait and see your PCP later in the day? Knowing where to go in case of accident or injury is importantcheck out these useful tips and learn the difference between urgent care and emergency care.
- Urgent care means that your illness or injury can safely be postponed for the time it takes to contact your PCP for instructions on obtaining treatment. Examples of urgent care include a twisted ankle, a high fever, or an ear infection.
- Emergency care means that an illness or injury requires immediate care in order to save a life or prevent permanent impairment. Emergency care includes accidental injury or the sudden onset of an acute medical condition, such as a suspected heart attack or stroke.
If you or your family members believe you're experience a life-threatening emergency, call 911 (or your local emergency number) or seek care at your nearest emergency facility immediately. If you are able, contact your PCP within 48 hours of your treatment. If you're not able, have a family member contact your PCP instead. Your PCP will want to know about your condition and will help to coordinate your care with any necessary specialists.