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Do I Need Urgent Care? When to Visit Urgent Care or the Emergency Room

Do I Need Urgent Care? When to Visit Urgent Care or the Emergency Room Can

Injuries can be scary, but how serious they are can be the deciding factor on which you visit: the ER or an urgent care clinic. Let’s see if you know where to go in these different situations!

You twisted your ankle playing soccer and it’s slowly swelling. What do you do?

Urgent Care –– Patient Plus has a team of radiologic technicians that can get an x-ray done in no time. We can take a look at those fractures/sprains and figure out the next step to healing.

Your brother accidentally comes in contact with poison ivy during your family camping trip. He can't stop scratching and is starting to develop blisters. What do you do?

Urgent Care –– Patient Plus treats poison ivy and can provide the necessary medical attention to alleviate the discomfort.

An older gentleman on your bus grabs his chest and is having difficulty breathing. What do you do?

Emergency Room –– Call 911 immediately. These are potential signs of a heart attack. Any life-threatening situations should be taken seriously and treated in a hospital emergency room.

Your child finds a laundry detergent pod and takes a bite. You notice right at the last second, but it’s already too late. What do you do?

Emergency Room –– The concentrated toxins in these pods are extremely poisonous and can be fatal if not treated immediately.

You’re chopping vegetables and accidentally cut your hand. It’s bigger than a band-aid fix and won’t stop bleeding. What do you do?

Urgent Care –– We can stitch up your small cuts right away. If the cut is deep and causing a large amount of blood loss, seek ER treatment.

Know the Difference

Depending on the severity of your injury, you can skip the long wait in line and keep some money in your pocket if you go to an urgent care clinic. If your situation is severe/life-threatening, please visit the nearest emergency room.

If you’re not sure whether to visit urgent care or not, visit our website for a full list of what Patient Plus can treat!

Patient Plus Urgent Care – Get in, Get better.

When you’re sick or injured, whether routine or urgent, quality medical care should be easy to find and available when you need it. That’s the idea behind Patient Plus Urgent Care, with convenient locations in Baton Rouge, Hammond, Prairieville, & Brusly.

Patient Plus treats most common illnesses and injuries — the sniffles, rashes, fevers, aches, breaks, and other conditions that deserve prompt treatment but aren’t serious enough to require a trip to the nearest emergency room. The clinics provide complete diagnostic services, including X-rays, EKGs, and flu and strep tests. Other services include physicals, vaccinations, and more. Patient Plus clinics are open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and patients never need to call first or make an appointment.

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