Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care
Emergency room is usually attached to a hospital. Urgent care is a standalone facility and it usually has different capabilities, explains Phillip DePaola, Physician Assistant with Miami Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute.
Urgent cares do x-Ray, diagnostic studies, evaluate and they can start the ball rolling for management kind of point patients in the right direction, he says. They can’t admit them.
If someone needs to do a surgery, urgent care has to transfer the patient to E.R.