Patient Resources

One of the most important resources we offer is good guidance and advice. With that in mind, here are a few tips on the difference between Emergency Room and Urgent Care:

Meridian Urgent Care

If you need care quickly and have a minor illness or injury, Meridian Urgent Care is your best choice. It is likely that you won’t wait as long as you would at an Emergency Room and your out-of-pocket expenses will also be considerably less. Meridian Urgent Care can help with:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Minor Broken Bones
  • Mild Asthma Attacks
  • Minor Infections
  • Small Cuts
  • Sore Throats
  • Rashes
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Pelvic Infections
  • Minor Burns

Emergency Room

An emergency Room is more appropriate when the situation is serious or life threatening. At the Emergency Room, true emergencies take priority. This may mean waiting hours before you are seen. Care at an ER will also be more expensive. If a situation is life threatening, call 911. The following conditions are most appropriately treated in an Emergency Room:

  • Heavy Bleeding
  • Large Open Wounds
  • Sudden Change in Vision
  • Chest Pain
  • Sudden Weakness
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Major Burns
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Severe Head Injury
  • Loss of Consciousness

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, dial 911.