An Urgent Care is defined as a type of "Walk-In" medical practice. It is typically for injuries or illnesses that require immediate attention, but not serious enough to go to an emergency room.
Although there has been a recent trend in opening Urgent Care centers, they have actually been around in the United States since 1970.
Both the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) and the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine (AAUCM) have established criteria for urgent care centers and the physicians that operate them.
- Must accept walk-in patients during business hours
- Treat a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries, as well as perform minor medical procedures
- Have a licensed physician operating as the medical director
- Be open 7 days a week
- Have on-site diagnostic equipment, including phlebotomy and x-ray
- Contain multiple exam rooms
- Various ethical and business standards
If you have a life threatening injury or illness, you should go to an emergency room.
Below are common products and supplies used by most Urgent Care facilities. Use the categories to the left to narrow your results.
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