Should I go to an emergency room or immediate care center?

With summer and all the activities that go with it in full swing, there’s a good chance you or someone you know will need some kind of medical help at some point. When that happens, where’s the best place to go for care?

With summer and all the activities that go with it in full swing, there’s a good chance you or someone you know will need some kind of medical help at some point. When that happens, where’s the best place to go for care?

Hospital emergency rooms are designed to provide care for life-threatening situations. Many people, however, go to an emergency department without realizing they have other options for conditions that aren’t as serious.

“Emergency room visits should really only be for true medical emergencies,” said Soraya Nasraty, M.D., Medical Director of Norton Immediate Care Centers. “If you’re going to the ER, it really should be only for a life-threatening or very serious illness or injury.”

To find the Norton Immediate Care Center nearest you, visit NortonHealthcare.com/ICC or call (502) 629-4444.

A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 50 percent of patients who visited emergency departments went there because their doctor’s office was not open.

Dr. Nasraty recommends that if you’re sick or injured when your doctor’s office is closed, an immediate care center is an excellent option.

“Norton Immediate Care Centers are not only convenient and quick, but they also will cost you a lot less money,” Dr. Nasraty said. “Immediate care centers are staffed by excellent and highly skilled physicians and nurse practitioners, who can handle many conditions that need to be treated right away but are not considered true medical emergencies.”

*When to visit a Norton Immediate Care Center: Allergies, cold, dizziness, fever, flu, insect bites, nausea, minor burns or cuts, rash, sore throat, sprains, urinary tract infection

*When to visit an emergency room: Animal bite, chest pain, fracture, high fever, major head injury, seizure, severe abdominal pain, severe asthma attack, severe burn or cut, severe pain, shock, unconsciousness or unresponsiveness, uncontrollable bleeding


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