Emergency Room

Emergency rooms are specifically designed to manage life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Examples of illnesses and injuries appropriate to be seen in emergency rooms include:

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of consciousness
  • drug overdose
  • acute alcohol intoxication
  • gunshot or knife wounds
  • fractures
  • seizures
  • accidents such as falls or involving motor vehicles
  • eye injuries
  • severe lacerations
  • high fever (greater than 101°F) with a severe headache and a stiff neck

Urgent Care

Urgent care facilities provide evening and weekend health care for acute problems that are NOT life-threatening. Examples of illnesses and injuries managed at these facilities include:

  • rashes
  • upper respiratory infections
  • sore throats
  • earaches
  • headaches
  • abrasions
  • lacerations
  • flu
  • back pain
  • sprains
  • minor fractures

If you cannot decide whether you require immediate medical care, call the Student Health Services 'Ask a Nurse' or the local hospital to speak with someone who can help you decide. To schedule an appointment with Emergency and Urgent Care, view https://www.southwesthealth.org/services/emergency-urgent-care/.