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Urgent Care to the Rescue:
We're Here When You Need Us

Timothy Joyce, RN, CNP
ACMC-Redwood Falls
Urgent Care

You accidentally cut your hand with a kitchen knife. Your son has a fever that won't go away. Your husband drops a tree stump on his finger. Life happens. And when it takes a turn for the worse, there's urgent care.

What's great about urgent care at ACMC is the continuity of care you can receive. If we, as urgent care providers, have a question about one of our patients, we can talk to their primary care doctor to develop the best treatment plan.

In urgent care, we commonly see patients for coughs, sore throats, ear aches and infections, back or knee pain and ankle sprains. Occasionally we get patients like the individual who dropped a stump on his finger and waited until the next morning to be seen. Urgent care should be used for acute problems that arise like those above, not chronic health care problems that have been around for years such as autoimmune diseases or Alzheimer's. Chronic health concerns are best treated by your primary care doctor. However, there may be acute chronic issues that may come up like complications from diabetes or an asthma attack that warrant a trip to urgent care. In urgent care we can treat most injuries and ailments, but some things are best suited for emergency room care.

It's important to know what is best treated in an urgent care setting rather than an emergency room because receiving care in urgent care is often much more cost effective.

No matter what brings you to urgent care, there are things you can do help your provider treat you better and faster.

  1. The most important thing is to have a list of your current medications handy. We need to know if you are taking something that may react with a medication we'd like to prescribe. Some medications react adversely to one another and can harm you. It's a good idea to keep an updated copy of these medications in your purse or wallet or to bring a bag filled with your current medications the next time you make a trip to the clinic.
  2. Tell us what medications you may be allergic to so we can find the best way to treat you as quickly—and safely—as possible.
  3. Share your symptoms, including when they started and what you have done to treat them prior to coming in to urgent care. Are there certain things that make them worse? Or better? Have you taken pain medication? Did you ice your sprained ankle? Are others around you experiencing the same symptoms? This information will help us determine an ideal care plan for you.

The next time you make a trip to urgent care do as the Boy Scouts say, "Be prepared."