Urgent Care Centers Ease ER Burden in U.S.

FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For minor ills such as sore throats, privately insured Americans increasingly use urgent care centers rather than hospital emergency rooms, a new study finds. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston analyzed 2008-2015 data from Aetna, the commercial health insurance company. “The drop in emergency department visits…

Tips for Handling a Medical Emergency

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Knowing how to respond to an emergency can save valuable time and lives. But do you know what to do? Whether it’s a life-threatening injury, car accident or medical emergency, the most important thing is to quickly assess the situation and the safety of all involved, said Dr.…

The ER or Urgent Care?

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Urgent care centers are popping up across the country as an option for medical treatment. But it’s important to know the differences between these facilities and your local hospital emergency department. The ER is for life-threatening situations, yet many people go there when urgent care is more appropriate.…