Doctors Alexis Perera, Urgent Care Physician at Baptist Health and Jose Llach, Medical Director of Free standing ED at Baptist Health agree that, sometimes, doctors do not know where they should refer patients who arrive at emergency rooms with some mental condition, because there is not always an appropriate place to receive them. Dr. Perera says it might be very beneficial, for specialists and patients, to have a place where they can treat some medical conditions related with alcohol consumption, depression, anxiety attacks or aggressive behavior. That behavior, according to Dr. Llach, can show some underlying diseases like schizophrenia, especially when patients exit from jail. Those conditions can be treated and benefit them.
Doctors Alexis Perera, Urgent Care Physician at Baptist Health and Jose Llach, Medical Director of Free standing ED at Baptist Health explain the differences between Emergency and Urgency. Although people can get confused about Emergency and Urgency, both are similar in posing a health risk. When an emergency happens, it's a life threatening eventful, the person is about to die or has serious consequences. Urgency means the person needs immediate treatment because he can't get to his primary care physician, says Dr. Perera. Urgent care, according to Dr. Llach, is for simple lacerations, common colds, urinary tract infections, meanwhile, the ER is for more serious things like chest pains, shortness of breath or somebody pregnant with abdominal pain. However, sometimes the emergency room has medical equipment that the urgent care does not have.
Doctor Jose Llach, Medical Director of Free Standing ED at Baptist Health, considers the psychiatric emergency room is beneficial to have that extra resource available to a community, like recently happened in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Llach argues these rooms can be beneficial for persons, because there are patients that come into ER with a mental condition. The physician has to take this very seriously because it is a mental illness and it can be treated like another condition.