Emergency Care vs. Urgent Care

If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, please call 911. 

You should seek Emergency Care when experiencing:

  • Chest Pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Serious trauma
  • Severe burns
  • Broken bones
  • Seizures
  • Severe Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting that is severe and continues for several hours
  • Poisoning
  • Deep cuts and abrasions where bleeding is uncontrollable
  • Pregnancy-related medical conditions

 

You should seek care at an Urgent Care Center when experiencing:

  • Cold symptoms - headache, cough, congestion
  • Flu symptoms
  • Vomiting/Fever
  • Ear infection
  • Minor injuries
  • Animal/insect bites
  • Sunburn
  • Minor strains/sprains
  • Minor bone fractures
  • Sports physicals

 

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Top 10 Reasons for Emergency Room Visits

The emergency room physicians at Wake Forest Baptist have compiled this list of the 10 most common reasons people come to the emergency room.

Last Updated: 08-04-2014
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