When you sustain a run-of-the-mill cut on your finger, arm, or ankle, you're probably accustomed to covering it up with an adhesive bandage and letting your body heal this wound on its own. But with larger cuts, additional medical care may be necessary. If you're dealing with a particularly deep cut, are stitches always necessary? And where should you go for treatment? We're answering those questions today.
How do I know if my cut needs stitches?While it's best to seek out the professional opinion of medical personnel to determine whether a wound needs stitches, there are a few hallmarks to look for. Your cut may need stitches if:
Should I go to an urgent care clinic or to the ER for stitches?If you've determined that your cut is serious enough for stitches, you may be wondering where you should go for care. The type of medical treatment you seek for stitches really depends on the circumstances: namely, how serious the cut is and where it's located.
Knowing when to seek emergency care for a cut is essential. If your cut is extremely deep, is spurting bright red blood, has torn edges, is located on a joint, exposes muscles or veins, is bleeding profusely even after applying pressure, is located on the face or scalp, or contains an embedded object, you will likely need to go to an ER to get stitches.
That said, urgent care clinics can provide wound care when stitches are required in a number of situations. In many cases, straight cuts, shallow cuts, cuts with embedded dirt, or cuts that were caused by rusty or dirty objects (but are not serious and do not contain these foreign objects) can be treated by the staff at your urgent care center.
If you're in doubt about when to seek emergency care or want to err on the side of caution, it's best to head to the 24 hour walk in clinic closest to you to be assessed there by medical staff. Fortunately, 92% of urgent care clinics maintained wait times of 30 minutes or less in 2015, which means you can obtain a quick assessment and/or fast treatment. Usually, visits like these may not involve life-threatening injuries, so it's very possible that they may be able to treat your cut right there. It helps if your urgent care clinic is actually located in the same building as an ER; that way, you don't even really have to guess when to seek emergency care, as you'll be in close proximity to an ER in the event you should need it.
Knowing when to seek emergency care for deep cuts is important. However, with urgent care and emergency care all under one roof, you don't have to choose between the two. At Legacy ER, we can provide convenient care for true emergencies and urgent medical situations alike. For more information, please contact us today.
As a parent, seeing your child get hurt or come down with an illness can be downright awful. The last thing you'd ever want is for your child to be in pain. Naturally, you'll want to seek out medical care as quickly as possible.
But while your child's pediatrician can be an excellent source for treatment, securing an appointment can be tough. Some situations require quick attention; waiting a few days to be seen simply may not be an option. However, going to the emergency room may not be the best choice, either. If the situation is not life-threatening, you could end up waiting around and paying an astronomical amount of money for treatment that could be provided elsewhere. A facility that offers childrens urgent care may very well provide the treatment your family needs. And because there were a reported 7,357 urgent care centers throughout the U.S. in 2016, there's bound to be one near you. Below, you'll find a few situations that can be deftly handled by 24 hour urgent care locations in your area.
Summertime and avoidable medical emergency often go hand-in-hand. That's not to say that it's a dangerous season, but rather it's an excitable season that gets energy flowing after the sleepiness of winter and the rainy emergence of spring.
Grills are lit, people are lit, and so many outdoor activities are in full swing. People are bound to get injured doing something. In fact, 70% of Emergency Room visits are for either non-emergency or completely preventable conditions. It's tough to list all of them and there are always outliers, but we've seen an avoidable, yet common consortium of conditions that cling to the summer solstice.
Heat and sun-related illness peaks during these months. It may seem obvious that these occur when it's hottest outside, yet people still neglect sunblock, hydration, and rest. More emergency healthcare services and urgent care clinics have patients who've fainted, are having breathing difficulties, chest pains, etc. all related to heat exhaustion and dehydration. Your body is strong, but the sun is much stronger. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and don't overdo it out there.
It's grilling season and a popular medical emergency is foodborne illness. We don't wish this upon anyone, but it happens all too often during the summer. Between clam bakes, seared steaks, and crab cakes, make sure your food is cooked to the proper temperature. This will separate a superb sunbaked culinary experience from, well, at least a couple days that'll leave you gastrointestinally aghast.
Rogue breaks, sprains, and fractures
It's hot outside and we're going to relive our glory days on the softball diamond. Add a few beers and the fact that you might've not played sports in a few years and you've got the recipe for another popular medical emergency. More common in adults than in children (though, youngsters definitely get their fair share), breaks, sprains, and the like are a plague of the summer months. Weather calling for intensive physical strain sees peaks in these types of injuries. Being physically active is great, but know your limits, keep yourself out of a cast, and you won't go limping into autumn.
We want everyone to eat, play, and be merry during the summer months. We also want to keep you from needing medical attention, so be mindful about avoiding unnecessary injuries. Now go enjoy so fun in the sun.
Ah, summer. This season is highly enjoyable for many families. When school’s out and the sun’s shining, there’s no better time to get outside. That said, these next few months can pose many dangers. Although many of us love nothing more than to take a dip or soak up some rays, the reality is that you could be risking your health by doing so. However, by being aware of those risks, you can have a happy and healthy summer doing all the things you love most.
Let’s talk about sun safety first. You might love the look of tanned skin, but any and all direct exposure to sunlight is dangerous. Even if it’s overcast, you still need protection from it! In fact, cloudy days can actually emit 80% of UV sunlight that comes through on totally clear days. That means you can’t afford to skip the hat, the sunglasses, and the sunscreen.
While no sunblock actually protects you from 100% of UV rays, you still need to take precautions. Wearing some sunblock is certainly better than none. And in general, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is considered to be effective. If you’re especially pale or prone to sunburn, you may want to pick up some SPF 50.
But the SPF rating won’t matter much if you aren’t applying your sunscreen correctly! Recent data revealed that many of us don’t even know how to correctly apply sunscreen or don’t know that higher SPFs don’t protect you from the sun for longer periods. Although sunscreens with an SPF of above 30 will protect you from more than 97% of the sun’s rays, they won’t last for longer time frames; that’s why sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours (or more frequently, in some cases), particularly if you’re sitting in the sun, running around, or swimming in the water.
Speaking of water: you may love to splash around in the lake, the ocean, or the pool -- but you should always do so with caution. Despite the fact that children can be introduced to the water starting at six months of age, that doesn’t mean that swimming is always safe. You should never swim alone (remember the buddy rule!) and never swim without a lifeguard present. Be sure to use flotation devices like life vests if you’re out on a boat or are an inexperienced swimmer. To prevent accidental drowning at your home, make sure to install a four-sided, self-locking enclosed fence around your pool, spa, or other body of water. Keep in mind that young children can actually drown in less than two inches of water -- so never assume that anything is too shallow.
These statistics may be scary, but they can help you make safe decisions this summer. Always keep them in mind and take steps to protect yourself and your family when out in the sun or swimming in the water.
Now that summer is here, most families are eager to spend time outdoors. While that means there are ample opportunities for fun, it also means there are ample opportunities to get hurt. Broken bones, sprains, and strains are common at any time of year, of course, but there are plenty of activities during this time of year that can result in serious injury. Sports, hiking, swimming, and even running around in the yard sprinklers can all pose a safety risk. So if your child is injured while playing a game of soccer or you fall and hurt yourself while on a hiking trail, what's the game plan? Should you head straight to the emergency room or could your injury be easily treated at one of the many urgent care locations in your area? This post may help you decide.
When to Seek Medical Treatment at Urgent CareApproximately 44% to 65% of all ER episodes could actually have been treated at urgent care clinics. While that doesn't mean that every injury can be treated here, it does mean that many non-life-threatening conditions can be. In many circumstances, sprains, strains, fractures, and broken bones can be treated by urgent care medical staff -- particularly if they are in the hand, foot, ankle, or wrist. As you may know, the benefits of urgent care clinics include the ability to take X-rays and even set a cast. If you aren't sure whether your injury is too severe to be treated at a walk-in clinic, don't worry. One of the benefits of urgent care clinics that are housed in the same location as emergency rooms is that you won't have to go very far for treatment!
When to Go to the Emergency Room For CareSevere bone breaks (even those on the extremities) are best treated by your local emergency department. This is certainly true if you experience a bone break in areas like the spine, skull, pelvis, ribs, or sternum, as well as in multiple areas on the body. You should also go to the emergency room if your bone break has penetrated the skin. Many urgent care facilities are not able to sedate patients, which makes it more difficult to treat more severe breaks. However, this does not mean you should automatically head to the ER if you think you've broken a bone. With the most severe (or potentially severe) types of injuries, emergency treatment is recommended. But less substantial breaks -- and certainly sprains and strains -- can be assessed and treated at urgent care facilities.
One of the many benefits of urgent care is that you can save time and money without sacrificing on quality of treatment. If you or someone you loved gets hurt this summer, you may very well be able to pursue fast treatment at a walk-in clinic. That said, more severe injuries may be best served by emergency departments. With Legacy ER, however, you really don't have to choose between the two. We offer both types of facilities under one roof in order to serve our patients' needs. To find out more, please get in touch with us today.
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