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When you should visit the Emergency Room vs. Convenient Care

When you should visit the Emergency Room vs. Convenient Care

When you should visit the Emergency Room vs. Convenient Care
By Katie Lawless, APRN, Methodist Convenient Care

If you have ever experienced acute injury or illness, you may have been faced with the uncertainty of where to go for treatment. Seeking medical treatment in the appropriate setting is essential to providing the best patient outcomes, reducing healthcare expenses and avoiding Emergency Room overcrowding.

When do I need an Emergency Room?
Emergency Room visits are necessary for life or limb-threatening medical conditions that may include:

  • Symptoms of heart attack such as chest pain, pain in the left arm or jaw, sudden weakness or dizziness
  • Signs of stroke such as slurred speech, severe headache, confusion, weakness or numbness on one side of the body or face
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Seizures or loss of consciousness
  • Poisoning
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Major life or limb-threatening injuries, severe wounds, burns or amputations
  • Severe head injuries, especially if taking blood thinning medications
  • Eye injuries, sudden vision changes or vision loss
  • Severe abdominal pain or severe pain that radiates into the back
  • Vaginal bleeding with pregnancy
  • High fevers in infants and newborns
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings

When should I visit Methodist Convenient Care?
Methodist Convenient Care is a great resource for treating medical conditions that may require immediate attention but are not threatening to life or limb, including:

  • Stable conditions for which you would visit your primary care provider
  • Occupational medicine, school and sports physicals
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Cold, allergy or flu symptoms
  • Earache
  • Mild asthma
  • Minor injuries, sprains, strains, cuts or wounds
  • Skin conditions
  • Mild fever
  • Urinary tract infections

Trust your instincts. If you feel you are experiencing a life or limb-threatening emergency, call 911 or go immediately to the nearest Emergency Room.

About Katie Lawless, APRN
Katie Lawless is a board certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse experienced in emergency and trauma nursing. She provides same day acute care at Methodist Convenient Care located at 110 Second Street in Henderson. Walk-ins are welcome. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 270-826-4650 for more information.