Although families located in urban and suburban areas can undoubtedly benefit from going to their closet urgent care locations for fast, effective treatment, people living in rural areas often need this option even more. With limited access to medical care choices due to distance and scarcity, urgent care centers can fill a huge void in treatment for many Americans.
Rural areas have a shortage of hospitalsAll across the nation, more than two dozen rural hospitals have shut down since 2013, and these numbers keep on climbing. Unfortunately, high operating costs may cause hospitals in these areas to struggle and eventually shutter. This leaves countless Americans without any hospital in close proximity. While this may not provide relief for true emergencies that require immediate treatment, there are many non-life-threatening situations that are treated by hospitals on a daily basis. In these situations, patients can bypass emergency centers and go to urgent care instead. Not only will this be more convenient and more appropriate, but it's also much more affordable.
Getting to a family doctor's office can be difficultWhen you live in a remote location, even going to your regular physician's office for an appointment can be a burden. It might force you to miss work or school to drive long distances just to be seen by your doctor. And securing the actual appointment can be tough enough. For those who can't wait to get an appointment or simply can't afford to drive far away to receive care, urgent care centers provide immediate treatment options that are typically more centrally located (and more plentiful) than your average doctor's office.
After-hours accidents and illnesses can be treatedIf your doctor's office isn't too far away, you might think you'll be alright. But what if someone falls ill or gets hurt after your doctor's office is closed for the day? This happens much more often than you might think. If the nearest hospital is several towns or hundreds of miles away, you may not be able to seek out immediate treatment there (if you can afford it, that is). After hours medical care is so essential, but many rural areas have no viable options for it. That's where urgent care facilities come in. While not every clinic is open 24 hours a day, most are open into the evening hours. If you have to wait until after work to seek treatment or if an accident happens during the night, the staff at these facilities can still help your family right away.
While not every rural area has its own urgent care clinic, the growing popularity of these facilities means that they continue to expand to remote areas all across the country. If your family has difficulty getting to your physician's office or your nearest hospital for treatment, you may want to consider looking into urgent care centers near you for non-emergency situations.
While the "fact" that 75% of Americans were suffering from dehydration in 2013 is up for debate, there's no doubt that dehydration is probably more common than you'd think. Do you feel thirsty reading this right now? Then you're already dehydrated. By the time your body sends the signals that you're in need of hydration, you'll have to play catch-up to get the H2O you actually need.
While very mild dehydration is something that can usually be remedied at home with fluids and rest away from the sun, anything more serious could warrant the need for immediate treatment in the emergency room. Currently, ER visits number 100 million every year and a trip to the hospital shouldn't be taken lightly. But dehydration can become serious very quickly, so it's important not to ignore the signs and seek out medical assistance right away.
Signs of mild to moderate dehydration include...
Treatment options for dehydrationAs stated above, it's vital to seek out emergency care if you observe the symptoms of severe hydration. These symptoms are too serious to wait for an appointment with your physician or even in some urgent care situations. However, mild to moderate dehydration can often be treated at your local walk-in clinic, particularly if you have already stopped all activity and have tried to replenish your body with fluids with no improvement. Many urgent care clinics can provide the assessment and subsequent treatment you require. You may want to call ahead to ensure your urgent care center can accommodate these needs, as not all clinics will be equipped with infusion IV pumps and other necessary equipment.
If the situation is life-threatening or you are ever in doubt, you should always head to the ER. Because Legacy ER provides both urgent care and emergency services under one roof, you can have the peace of mind that our staff can provide you with the help you need. To find out more about the services we provide, please contact us today.
As you may already know, this year’s flu season has been a particularly potent one. While anywhere from 5% to 20% of the U.S. population will come down with influenza in a given year, this year’s infection rates are said to be the worst in nearly a decade. Flu and pneumonia caused 53,826 deaths back in 2010, and the CDC estimates that fatalities from this year will likely surpass those numbers.
Therefore, influenza must be taken seriously, especially among those in at-risk populations. Elderly individuals, children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems need to take extra precautions when preventing and treating the flu. But even if you’re not in one of those demographics, you could still find yourself in a flu-related emergency.
A high fever is always cause for concern, specifically in children under three months of age. For any child with a fever of 100.3 or higher, it’s important to head to the emergency room. But adults may also need to go to the ER for flu symptoms if they’re experiencing difficulty breathing or breathing is painful; if they’re constantly vomiting and cannot keep fluids down; if they’re suddenly dizzy or too weak to stand; if they’re slurring their speech or are mentally foggy; if they’re experiencing severe chest or abdominal pain; or if their phlegm contains blood. While the flu may not always warrant a trip to the emergency room, it’s better to be safe than sorry and to seek out medical care sooner rather than later.
However, influenza can be tough to treat right away, as it can take one to four days for symptoms to even appear. And unfortunately, adults can be contagious starting the day before they start showing any symptoms -- and can stay that way for five to seven days after the illness has officially begun. Children may be considered to be contagious for even longer than that seven day period. Medical experts say flu treatments are most effective during the first day or two of the disease, but it’s no wonder that a lot of people miss this window; they probably don’t even know they’re really ill until it’s too late to treat (and until after it’s already spread to more people).
In a true flu-related emergency, going to the ER is an appropriate course of action. But in situations that are non-life-threatening -- like with a common cold or with mild flu symptoms -- going to urgent care can pay off (literally). While non-emergency medical situations handled in a hospital cost an average of $2,039, those same cases cost only $226 on average when treated at a walk-in clinic. By forgoing the crowded ER in favor of an urgent care facility when you simply need quick, effective treatment, you can save quite a bit and ensure you’re seen much sooner. Fast medical care can make all the difference, especially during flu season.
We all know this year's flu season is particularly bad. All across the country, there have been thousands of hospitalizations and several fatalities due to influenza. But there's still a pervasive idea that the flu is "no big deal." While there are certain individuals who need to take extra precautions when it comes to the flu -- such as children, elderly adults, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems -- this virus needs to be taken seriously no matter what.
First of all, it's important to know what symptoms to look for. Fever is incredibly common with influenza, as are chills, body aches, cough, and congestion. If you have a high fever (generally, 102 degrees Fahrenheit or above) and fever-reducing medications have not helped, you should seek out urgent or emergency care.
While 44% to 65% of all ER episodes could have been treated at urgent care locations according to a recent study, there are certain times when it's much more appropriate to seek out medical treatment at the ER. For instance, if you have difficulty breathing, are experiencing stomach or chest pain, are feeling lightheaded or dizzy, or you have exhibited severe vomiting along with other flu symptoms, you should absolutely seek out emergency treatment.
However, you should keep in mind that not every flu case is an emergency. If you worry that you've been exposed to the flu or you're noticing initial symptoms that could be the flu, you should head to one of the urgent care locations in your area for immediate flu treatment. Medications that can shorten the length and lessen the severity of influenza are available, but they are most effective when administered within the first 24 to 48 hours of onset.
Generally speaking, you should not take the "wait it out" approach to the flu. This virus is a lot more serious than people realize; without swift action, a full-blown case can have major ramifications. If you have not yet received your flu shot, make sure to do so right away. And if you suspect you might be experiencing symptoms of the flu, go to one of the urgent care locations nearby to seek out treatment. Even if it's too late for an antiviral medication, you'll be able to receive a diagnosis and medical recommendations to ensure you and your loved ones stay safe.
INtuitive Health, a pioneer in retail healthcare, with their Legacy ER & Urgent Care locations in North Texas, announces expansion into the Indianapolis market in partnership with Riverview Health. The newly formed joint venture will build four new retail clinics that offer both 24/7 emergency services and extended hour urgent care under one roof. These facilities will be built in highly convenient retail locations, offering patients easy access to treatment for everything from the common cold to a life-threatening emergency. Patients will only be billed for the level of care that they need, thus saving patients, employers, and payors millions in unnecessary ER costs while alleviating long waits at local hospital emergency rooms.
"Patients are demanding better transparency into the healthcare billing process, quicker care, and better service. We have focused on these specifics since 2008 and are now rated in the top 1% of all retailers in customer satisfaction. We are excited to partner with Riverview Health and bring this model to northern Indianapolis & Hamilton County," said Thom Herrmann, CEO ofINtuitive Health. “Riverview Health is a leading healthcare provider in Hamilton County which shares similar characteristics to our home market in North Texas. Our North Texas locations have become the go-to option for patients seeking high quality, convenient, immediate care and we believe the residents of Hamilton County will value our service the same way. The northern suburbs of Indianapolis are home to a lot of young families, as well as a healthy economy and great schools. Several of the communities are ranked nationally as highly desirable places to live. Fishers, Indiana was recently chosen as Money Magazine’s #1 place to live in the United States.”
"Partnering with the INtuitive team makes perfect sense for Riverview Health. We have a strong reputation for service and commitment to our community, and building these customer service oriented facilities will be a great fit,” said Seth Warren, President and CEO of Riverview Health.
The four facilities will be built in north Carmel, west Carmel, Fishers and the Nora area of Indianapolis. Construction will begin in the spring of 2018 with all the facilities slated to open in 2019. There has been no name decided for the joint venture, and the financials of the deal have not been disclosed.
About INtuitive Health
Founded in 2008, INtuitive pioneered retail healthcare, with their Legacy ER & Urgent Care brand, and was one of the nation’s first healthcare facilities to offer both urgent care and emergency room treatment options under one roof. INtuitive is building an exceptional customer service program, with industry-leading ratings by providing transparent billing, and creating welcoming clinical environments with one-on-one access to board-certified, emergency-trained physicians. INtuitive partners with health systems nationwide to build, operate, and launch these retail healthcare facilities. Please visit INtuitiveHealthERUC.com for more information.
About Riverview Health
Riverview Health is comprised of a full-service, 156-bed hospital and 25 primary, immediate and specialty care facilities located throughout Hamilton County. Together, we provide comprehensive healthcare services in 35 medical specialties and have frequently been recognized for our clinical and service excellence. For more information, visit riverview.org.
Legacy ER & Urgent Care
Legacy pioneered retail healthcare in 2008 and is now ranks in the top 1% of global retailers for customer service.