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Vincenzo Guglielmetti, MD
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THE FACTS ABOUT Urgent Care

Background

Urgent care centers provide a continuum of care, from x-rays and
blood tests, to treating patients with ailments ranging from sore
throats to broken bones. Additionally, urgent care centers often
have extended hours for patient convenience in the evenings and
on the weekend.

“Urgent care centers are revolutionizing health care,” says
Vincenzo Guglielmetti, MD, a St. Joe primary care physician. “Not
only do they provide patients access to care on their schedule, but
they also remove some of the burden from emergency rooms.”
“Urgent cares are great for conditions that need immediate care,
but are not true emergencies.”

 

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SERVICES

Conditions typically treated at an urgent care center include:
• Minor asthma-related symptoms
• Minor cuts or animal bites in which bleeding is controlled
• Broken bones (when the bone is not showing or the limb is
not deformed) and sprains
• Skin rashes, sunburns, or minor burns
• Fever
• Earache, cough, and sore throat
• Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
• Eye infection

Urgent care centers also treat allergies, bladder infections,
bronchitis, ear infections, pinkeye and styes, sinus infections, strep
throat, swimmer’s ear, athlete’s foot, cold sores, deer tick bites
(age 12 and up), impetigo, minor burns and rashes, poison ivy,
and ringworm. Other services include wart removal, pregnancy
testing, vaccines and sports and school physicals. Prescriptions are
written when clinically appropriate.

 

 

WHEN TO GO TO AN URGENT
CARE CENTER

How do you know when to go to an urgent care center? If you or a
loved one has a medical condition that needs immediate attention
but is not life threatening, and you can’t wait for your physician’s
office to open, you should go to an urgent care center.
However, if you or a loved one are experiencing any of the following
conditions, then go immediately to the closest emergency room:
• Chest pain
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• Labor contractions
• Seizures
• Uncontrollable bleeding
• Head injury
• Poisoning and/or allergic reactions
• Major burns

REFERRALS

For more information on SJMO urgent care services including
hours and locations log on to MichiganMedicalReport.com. To
find an SJMO urgent care center near you, call 248.693.9040.

 

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