I don't know about you, but our ER copay is $400. So, I'll pretty much do whatever it takes to avoid that place. Last summer, my 3 year old took a flying leap off of the jungle gym and bit a gaping hole through his tongue. As he sat crying and bleeding all over my husband, I made calls frantically trying to find somewhere to take our son, other than the hospital's Emergency Room. Unfortunately, our pediatrician, nearest urgent care, and nearest pediatric urgent care all told me "go to the ER" and that was that. An Uber ride, couple of hours, 2 stitches, and $400 later, my son was good as new.
When it comes to illness and injury, whether an adult or a child, it's not always crystal clear whether you should head to your primary care provider (PCP), urgent care, or straight to the ER. Making the decision can be overwhelming, especially in the moment when someone is really sick or hurt, so I was grateful to attend a very helpful presentation for parents and mommy bloggers at the new Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care in Williamsburg last night and pass on what I learned to all of you!!
Why you shouldn't head straight to the ER for every illness & injury:
When is Urgent Care the best option?
What can they do for you at Urgent Care?
(The following are applicable specifically for Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Cares, but probably apply to most urgent cares)
But obviously, urgent care has limitations and is not the best option for severe and life threatening illnesses and injuries. If the situation is dire and the patient is really struggling, your best bet is to head directly to the ER or call 9-1-1 and start any necessary first aid treatments immediately!
When to call an Ambulance (or head straight to the ER):
And finally, some helpful tips and reminders for parents:
Phew - that was a LOT of info, but so important!! I hope you found it useful!!! If you have anything to add on the subject, please please do leave a comment below!! Have you had a good or bad experience at the ER or urgent care? Know of a great local First Aid class? Sharing is caring!!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, but I'm no sell out, all thoughts and opinions are my own!!
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