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5 Surprising Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Urgent Care

Posted on Wed, Mar 30, 2016

According to the Urgent Care Association of America, “more Americans have insurance than any time in the past five years and urgent care centers are playing an important role in keeping up with the everyday needs of the growing patient-base.” With approximately 9,000 urgent care centers in the U.S., urgent care offices are more popular than ever with patients looking to receive convenient and affordable treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, vaccinations, and physicals. Highlighted below are five facts and stats that might surprise you about eMedical Urgent Care.

1. Convenient Hours

Eighty-five percent of urgent care offices are open seven days a week, with 95 percent closing after 7 p.m. At eMedical Urgent Care, we offer services at two locations: Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, and Middletown, New Jersey and are open 7 days a week, including holidays from 8 a.m. until 8/9 p.m.

2. Faster Treatment

Urgent care centers can be overlooked in the frantic rush when an injury occurs, but if the injury is not life-threatening, you’ll receive faster treatment (at a fraction of the cost) at an urgent care office rather than an ER. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the total average ER wait time is roughly 2 hours, whereas urgent care centers are able to see walk-in patients within 15 to 45 minutes. Sixty-nine percent of urgent care centers have wait times of less than 20 minutes, 28 percent have wait times between 21 and 40 minutes and 3 percent have more than a 40 minute-wait. At eMedical Urgent Care, we pledge that, on average, you’ll be seen by one of our professional providers within 30 minutes.

3. Strong Community Relationships

The majority of urgent care centers — 61 percent — have been in operation for more than five years, with approximately 40 percent open for nine years or more. Fifteen percent have operated for three to five years, 16 percent for one to two years and 8 percent for less than a year. Since 1984, our physicians at eMedical have been building relationships with families within the communities we serve.

4. Lower Cost Per Visit

The average urgent care visit costs patients $70 to 125 for basic care, with additional costs added for shots, X-rays, labs, etc. The average emergency room visit can cost you over $1,000. eMedical Urgent Care participates in many managed care plans for your convenience and for those patients who are uninsured, we offer eCard benefits.

5. We Have You Covered!

The most common diagnosis in an urgent care center is an upper respiratory condition, and the most common procedure is wound repair. An estimated 13.7 to 27.1 percent of all emergency department visits could actually take place at an urgent care center. Chances are, if you’re Googling a minor symptom, our medical staff at eMedical Urgent Care can treat you.

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With summer right around the corner, this means that weekend warriors and kids in sports will be ramping up as well. Did you know that approximately 12 million people between the ages of 5 and 22 years old suffer a sports-related injury each year? From sprains and strains to cuts and fractures, eMedical Urgent Care can take care of these minor injuries and more! Learn more about our services and how we can treat you by calling our location in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey (908) 464-6700, or Middletown, New Jersey (732) 957-0707.

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Fall Sports: How to Recognize a Concussion

Posted on Thu, Sep 22, 2011

It’s a brisk fall afternoon. You’re sitting in the bleachers, watching your son’s JV football game. In the scuffle during a play he hits his head on the turf. You see him get up a bit slowly, but he shakes it off and lines up for the next play. Should you be concerned? It is estimated there are 3 million head injuries each year related to contact sports, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For teens and young adults aged 15 to 24 years, it is second only to motor vehicle accidents as the cause of traumatic brain injuries. Concussions can be caused by mild or more severe blows to the head. They may or may not involve loss of consciousness. Recently, more attention has been placed on recognizing and treating concussions earlier to decrease the risk of long-term neurological damage. The Signs of a Concussion Early signs of a concussion include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Vision changes
  • Unequally sized pupils
  • Lack of awareness of surroundings
  • Slurred or incoherent speech
  • Lack of coordination
If your child is injured and shows any of the above signs, he or she should stop participating in the sports activity immediately. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association requires that any student athlete who sustains a possible concussion or any loss of consciousness be removed immediately from play. A medical evaluation is required to determine if a concussion was sustained. If it’s determined that your child did have a concussion, he or she must be symptom-free for one week before he or she can return to play. You should seek immediate medical attention if your child’s symptoms persist for more than 10 minutes. If the symptoms are mild, such as mild headache, dizziness, nausea without vomiting or loss of memory for a few minutes, watch to see if the symptoms worsen. The physicians at eMedical Urgent Care can help determine if further care is needed. When to Go to the Emergency Department You should bring your child to the nearest emergency department if the injury involves:
  • Large cuts
  • Prolonged loss of consciousness
  • Severe headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Inability to walk
  • Slurred speech
  • Seizures
What to Expect After a Concussion A few days to a few weeks after having a concussion your child might experience:
  • A persistent, low-grade headache
  • Light-headedness
  • Poor attention and concentration
  • Memory issues
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Frustration
  • Anxiety and/or a depressed mood
  • Trouble sleeping

The recovery period for concussions can vary from patient to patient. Some may develop “post-concussion syndrome,” which can last weeks or months and includes chronic headaches, dizziness and nausea.  If your child sustains a more severe concussion, he or she should be seen by a neurologist in addition to your primary physician to manage ongoing care.

 

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