Emergency Care Facilities: Know Where to Go

Emergency Care Facilities: Know Where to Go

Anymore there seems to be a hospital on every street corner.  The thing is though are they all really hospitals? And do they all have the same capabilities that you would think they would?  Sometimes the answer is no. There are big main hospitals where you will get all the departments such as Emergency Room, Inpatient Floor, Surgical Floor etc.  Then there are these new hospitals that are popping up now called Micro Hospitals or Neighborhood Hospitals. Those will even differ from the Immediate Care places that are around too.  It is hard to know where you should go for a visit depending on your needs.

Immediate Care Facilities

Immediate care places are usually where you start if you are sick and your regular physician isn’t available.  Whether this is after hours or on weekends or even sometimes if you doctors schedule doesn’t allow you to get in in a timely manner.  Usually this is for minor illnesses. Because sometimes these immediate care facilities don’t have all the machines to help diagnose, or a lab on site to draw blood.  Wait times can be long due to the fact its walk in with no appointment and it’s first come first serve. There aren’t specialist on staff. This can cause you to have to follow up with other doctors at another time. Immediate care facilities will not always treat you if they feel your illness is too severe and may send you on to an emergency room or a neighborhood hospital.  

 

Micro Hospitals or Neighborhood Hospitals

Micro or Neighborhood hospitals mean the same thing.  They are mini hospitals. Usually consisting of a stand alone emergency room and then with a limited amount of observation beds where they will keep patients for a 24  hour observation period if needed. These are usually equipped with X-ray, Ct scans, ultrasound machines and other diagnostic tools that you would find in regular Emergency room attached to a full hospital.  They have all the supplies stocked for a full functioning Emergency room including respiratory items in case someone comes in with respiratory distress. As well as fully stocked observation area so that they can make sure they have everything that could be needed.  There is a risk of being transported out of a Micro Hospital if you require a specialist or more extreme care such as surgery or a cardiac specialist. The benefit of the Micro Hospital though is they are more conveniently located so if you have a true emergency, heart attack, or stroke, you can get to one quicker where they can get you stabilized before you are transported somewhere else if necessary. The Micro Hospitals usually have low wait times with little to no wait sometimes as little as 10 minutes.

Main Hospital Emergency Room

Now a main hospital emergency room is going to be an emergency room attached to the bigger hospital.  Going here for care has lots of bonuses. The chances of having to be transported out are slimmer because there are more departments within the hospital to help you.  Emergency rooms have the availability to X-ray,