Daily Archives December 10, 2014

Emergency Room or Urgent Care? Recent Poll Reveals Patient Don’t Always Choose Properly

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The most “wonderful” time of year is here, and with that hospital emergency departments experience a slew of holiday-related injuries, ranging from falls from ladders, injuries sustained while decking the halls, and food and drink related illnesses (too much eggnog or holiday punch or both). However, emergency department physicians have raised concerns that patients may not be clear when to seek medical treatment at an emergency

According to a recent poll conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), 71% of emergency physicians participating in the poll said they treat patients who go to the emergency room only after first going to an urgent care center which was not able to treat them.

Furthermore, 90% of emergency physicians said one of the main reasons patients are referr