Common Misconceptions About Freestanding ERs
Your options for medical treatment are nearly endless now, but not all of these choices are providing the quality care you and your loved ones deserve. Between traditional emergency rooms, family practitioners, urgent care centers and freestanding ERs, choosing the best facility to care for you can be confusing.
To help you make the best decision for your health, we’ve listed a few of the most common misconceptions regarding freestanding emergency rooms.
FALSE: Freestanding ERs can’t provide the same level of care as traditional ERs
Not only do freestanding ERs have state-of-the-art equipment and imaging machines, they also dispense emergency medical care faster than traditional emergency rooms. Traditional ER rooms can admit patients to the hospital they are directly affiliated with. This leads to very high wait times and a limited number of staff to care for the waiting patients. These wait times are often an inevitability of traditional ER rooms. Freestanding ERs, like Kyle ER, are structured so that our staff and medical team are able to treat our patients quickly and effectively. If a patient needs further monitoring, freestanding ERs often have agreements with nearby hospitals to admit their patients directly for observation.
FALSE: Freestanding ERs and urgent care centers provide the same services
While they may look similar, freestanding ERs and urgent care centers provide different services and different levels of care. Urgent care centers treat medical conditions that require prompt, but not emergency attention. Some of these conditions are listed below.
- Flu, strep throat and other common illnesses
- Sprained bones
- Mild cuts and lacerations
- Bladder, sinus and other infections
Freestanding ERs, like Kyle ER, treat emergency, often life-threatening medical conditions. They can perform life-saving surgeries and work closely with nearby hospitals in the case that a patient may need overnight observation after treatment. Some of these conditions include:
- High grade fevers
- Uncontrollable or bleeding that won’t stop
- Serious head injury, including concussions
- Broken bones
- Seizures and stroke
Along with these conditions, freestanding ERs also treat less severe medical ailments like sinus infection, strep throat and mild cuts and lacerations.
FALSE: Freestanding ERs have restricted hours of operation
Unlike urgent care centers, which often close by 8 or 9 p.m., freestanding ERs are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year. Our staff and physicians won’t hurry through your visit to get you out the door by a certain time. If you or a loved one is in need of immediate medical attention, don’t suffer through traditional waiting rooms for hours. We understand that you can’t plan medical emergencies so don’t settle for anything less than the compassionate and individualized care you deserve. Visit a freestanding ER that offers round-the-clock care, like Kyle ER.
Kyle ER understands the need to be well informed about your medical care options. Come visit us in person to meet our team or go to KyleER.com to learn more about our facility.
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