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Know Where to go When you are Sick or Injured

Dec 28, 2017 03:10PM ● By The Hood Magazine

By: Sanford Health

Whether you have the flu, a sore throat, a broken bone or bad sprain, you want the best care for your needs. But it can be hard to know where to go for certain injuries and illnesses. The primary care clinic, acute care clinic and the emergency department are all designed to care for specific medical needs.

Go to your primary care clinic

The vast majority of your health care needs can be provided at a primary care clinic. Make an appointment here for ongoing care as well as new, non-emergency needs like fevers, flus, cuts and minor injuries.

Go to acute care

Illness and injury can happen at any time. When those minor coughs, colds, strains and sprains occur, your primary care or acute care clinic is the best place for you to go.

Go to the emergency department

The emergency department is staffed to provide 24/7 care for potentially life-threatening issues. Go here if you are experiencing:*

·         Chest pain

·         Fever above 104°

·         Throwing up blood

·         Allergic reaction

·         Difficulty speaking

·         Numbness in arm, face or leg

·         Head injury

·         Overdose

·         Seizure

·         Shortness of breath

*This list is a sample of issues and not comprehensive.

Virtual Care

Care that’s convenient

Life can get busy, so receiving expert care that easily fits into your daily routine is important. Video and e-visits can be used for many of the same issues you might be seen at acute care for, but without ever having to leave your home.

With a video visit, you can speak directly with a health care professional through your laptop or smartphone and an Internet connection. An e-visit lets you submit a health questionnaire, which will be reviewed by a health care professional. Within four hours, you will have a response detailing a treatment plan, prescription or a request to see you in person.

Virtual care is appropriate for a number of issues including:*

·         Acne

·         Athlete’s foot

·         Cough

·         Diarrhea

·         Head lice

·         Heartburn

·         Influenza

·         Insect bites

·         Pink eye

·         Sinus problems

·         Urinary symptoms


*This list is a sample of issues and not comprehensive.