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Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care – When to Go Where…

Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care – When to Go Where… - Colorado Urgent Care

Some medical conditions are, of course life-threatening, such as a heart attack or a serious head injury. These would require a trip directly to the Emergency Room. If you suspect that a condition calls for being admitted a hospital, go to the nearest ER immediately.

What is Considered an Emergency?

 Below are some examples of conditions that require emergency medical care from an ER:

  • Severe chest pain or difficulty breathing
  • Compound fracture (bone protrudes through skin)
  • Convulsions, seizures or loss of consciousness
  • Fever in newborn (less than 3 months old)
  • Heavy, uncontrollable bleeding
  • Deep knife wounds or gunshot wounds
  • Moderate to severe burns
  • Poisoning
  • Serious head, neck or back injury
  • Pregnancy-related problems
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Heart attack (chest pain lasting longer than two minutes)
  • Stroke signs (loss of vision, sudden numbness, weakness, slurred speech, or confusion)

Proper care will be provided at an Emergency Room. Remember, ER visits should be reserved for true emergencies, such as chest pain and severe injuries. Seemingly small injuries and illnesses will be examined by our urgent care physicians. If greater care is needed, our staff here at EmergiCare will direct patients to the proper healthcare provider, or, if it is a true emergency, we will transfer patients directly to a hospital emergency room for further treatment.

Urgent Care centers are convenient for a variety of illnesses, injuries and minor emergencies, without the long ER wait time and ill waiting room crowds. Urgent Care clinics are intended to assist patients with an illness or injury that does not appear to be life –threatening, but also can’t wait until the next day, or for primary care doctor to see them.  We all know it can sometimes take days to get in with our doctor.  Urgent Care centers like EmergiCare Medical Clinics, are a great choice on days or during hours when doctors’ offices are closed.


What is Considered an Urgent Medical Condition?

Medical conditions such as the ones listed below are not considered emergencies, but may still require care within 24 hours:

  • Accidents and falls
  • Sprains and strains
  • Moderate back problems
  • Breathing difficulties/respiratory problems (mild to moderate asthma)
  • Bleeding/cuts – (requiring stitches)
  • Diagnostic services, including X-rays and laboratory tests
  • Eye irritation and redness
  • Fever or flu
  • Vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration
  • Sore throat or cough
  • Minor broken bones and fractures (fingers, toes, etc.)
  • Skin rashes and infections
  • Urinary tract infections

Patients are also welcome to visit an EmergiCare Urgent Care clinic in lieu of seeing their doctor, for convenience. At EmergiCare, patients will always be seen by a physician, and our attention to detail and commitment to timely, quality patient care has helped us succeed in the Colorado Springs and Pueblo markets for nearly 4 decades. 

EmergiCare is a privately owned urgent care chain serving the insured patient population and specializing in occupational medicine clinic. We handle drug testing, physicals, and workers comp injuries for companies. We also provide care for kids, parents, and individuals, etc. Additionally, we offer chiropractic care and physical therapy. EmergiCare has 4 clinics serving the Pikes Peak Regions and has been in business since 1981. Walk-ins are welcomed. Read more at www.emergi-care.com.  Our 4 facilities are located at:

402 W. Bijou in Colorado Springs

4083 Austin Bluffs in Colorado Springs

3002 S. Academy in Colorado Springs

4117 N. Elizabeth in Pueblo  


Emergi-Care Clinics
Emergi-Care Clinics
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(719) 594-0046

We want to get you seen in a timely manner, but please note that when you arrive, you will have additional paperwork to complete.