Choosing an Emergency Room over an Urgent Care

If your child falls off his bike and hits his head on the ground, do you need to go to the emergency room or to an urgent care center? Knowing what kind of care your children needs during those crucial moments can make a significant impact on their health. How can you tell if your child needs to go to urgent care center or an emergency room? Follow this guide of symptoms, conditions and injuries to determine what kind of care is right for your child.

For medical emergencies ALWAYS call 9-1-1.

When do I take my child to urgent care?

Urgent Care or Emergency Room? In general, urgent care facilities are equipped to deal with the everyday illnesses and injuries your pediatrician or family doctor would treat. Urgent care centers typically have a team of healthcare providers and registered nurses who can treat your child’s condition quickly and effectively if your pediatrician is unavailable.

What do urgent care centers treat?

  • Sore throat
  • Minor burns
  • Flu symptoms
  • Allergies
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Fever

When do I take my child to the emergency room?

While urgent care is great for quickly diagnosing and treating some conditions, they are not always equipped to handle more serious sicknesses or injuries. When your child suffers an injury or a medical emergency, you want to receive best care as quickly as possible. Emergency rooms are staffed by board-certified doctors and nurses who have the experience your child needs during a medical crisis. If you are in doubt, choosing the emergency room is always the safest option.

What do emergency rooms treat?

  • Head injuries, including concussions
  • Serious cuts
  • Broken bones
  • Severe burns
  • Pneumonia
  • Animal bites
  • Allergic reactions
  • Swallowing foreign objects

Why choose Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children?

At Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, we understand both your child’s medical and emotional needs. Our emergency room suites are designed to not only care for your children’s physical wellbeing, but to provide a comforting atmosphere for them and your family. All our emergency room suites are equipped with the most advanced equipment specifically designed for our little visitors.

The pediatricians and nurses on our pediatric emergency team are here 24/7 for all of your child’s needs. When your child needs emergency care, you can trust Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children to provide them the best possible care.