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Most people know to call 911 when faced with a life-threatening medical emergency. But what about all those other conditions that aren't life threatening, but still require immediate attention?

"At Park Nicollet, we offer Urgent Care to meet the needs of patients who have an acute injury or medical condition, but are unable to see their regular doctor as quickly as they'd like," explains Jon Bylander, MD, chair of Park Nicollet Urgent Care. Urgent Care is available to anyone in the community who needs to be seen quickly for non-life-threatening emergencies, source mesmerenterprizes.com/bodyboss-reviews.html.

What Urgent Care is - and is not

Urgent Care treats conditions that come on suddenly and tend to be serious, painful or severe. Examples include fever, cough or any acute illnesses, as well as lacerations, minor trauma and orthopedic and sports injuries, such as sprains and broken bones.

Minor illnesses, such as sore throats, earaches and bladder infections can be treated through Quick Check, an extension of Urgent Care that offers fast access to doctors and physician assistants. "We created Quick Check so patients with less complicated conditions don't have to wait very long for care," Dr. Bylander explains. (To learn more, read "Quick Check - Urgent Care's express lane.")

Urgent Care is not for people who may be experiencing stroke or heart attack symptoms, extreme shortness of breath or major accidents or trauma. For any life-threatening conditions, call 911 immediately or go directly to the emergency room. Also, Urgent Care is not for normal routine doctor visits or preventive care.

Total care services

Urgent Care nursing staff assess each patient's condition to determine its level of severity. Those who are most critical get treated first. Others are seen in the order they arrive. At Urgent Care, patients can receive many of the same services provided in primary care clinics. In addition to basic lab tests, EKGs and X-rays, Park Nicollet Urgent Care also has access to advanced laboratory testing and imaging, like CT scans and MRI.

"Our goal is to treat people as comprehensively as possible in one setting," Dr. Bylander explains. "Sometimes, we need to collaborate with other specialists in Park Nicollet, such as our orthopedic, cardiology or infectious disease colleagues, or send off for special lab tests or scans for processing."

Urgent Care doctors also have a close working relationship with Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital Emergency Center and hospitalist program. "If we detect a life-threatening condition, we will stabilize patients and have an ambulance take them to the emergency room. Our colleagues there have special training and procedures, including a chest-pain evaluation unit and blood tests that quickly identify life-threatening heart conditions," Dr. Bylander says. "Cardiology also has a cath lab to open blocked arteries fast."

After an Urgent Care visit, doctors often recommend patients follow-up with their primary care doctor. Thanks to electronic medical records, it is easy for Urgent Care doctors to communicate with Park Nicollet primary care doctors about a patient's visit. They also can communicate with primary care doctors in other organizations.