Save Emergency Rooms For Emergencies, Visit A Walk In Clinic Lynnwood WA

Written by Channel 12 Richmond on April 6, 2013. Posted in Seattle urgent care, Urgent care lynnwood wa

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Did you know that emergency room visits in the United States now number approximately 110 million annually? However, many people visit emergency rooms for injuries and illnesses that are not truly emergencies, often because their doctors’ offices are closed or they are unable to get an appointment. In fact, only 29 percent of primary care doctors have after hours coverage. In this kind if situation, in lieu of visiting an emergency room, you might consider visiting an urgent care facility, such as an Everett urgent care facility, a Kent urgent care facility, or a Seattle urgent care facility, also known as a walk in clinic, such as a walk in clinic Lynnwood WA or a walk in clinic Seattle.

The urgent care movement began in the 1970s in the United States, but has grown exponentially around the globe since then. Today, in the U.S. alone, there are approximately 6,800 urgent care centers employing approximately 130,000 people. Urgent care centers and walk in clinics, such as a walk in clinic Lynnwood WA, are continuing to grow popularity as they operate on a walk in basis but generally have shorter wait times than emergency rooms and have more convenient hours than a physicians office. And, they can significantly ease the burden on emergency rooms. A 2010 study by the Rand Corporation found that nearly one in five visits to hospital ERs could be treated at urgent care centers, potentially saving $4.4 billion annually in health care costs.

Overall, urgent care centers and walk in clinics, such as a walk in clinic lynnwood wa, concentrate on the evaluation and treatment of acutely arising conditions for a wide range of patients, providing medical service for conditions that are not serious enough to warrant an emergency room visit, but which require rapid attention. They are increasingly providing lab services, x rays and routine physicals. Conditions commonly treated at an urgent care center or walk in clinic Seattle include sprains and strains; fractures; upper respiratory illnesses; gastrointestinal conditions such as food poisoning; lacerations; and concussions. In some states, urgent care centers also have point of care prescription dispensing to ensure that the patient can receive his or her prescriptions before leaving the center. Overall, if you need medical attention, consider urgent care or a walk in clinic, such as a walk in clinic Lynnwood WA or a Seattle walk in clinic. Save emergency rooms for true emergencies.