Summer emergencies: When to go to urgent care vs. ER

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) — Summertime means more people outside and a greater chance for injury.

Media General contributors asked doctors in the Bon Secours St. Francis downtown ER what they see the most of this time of year.

Heat exhaustion, dehydration, sepsis and chest pain or store were the issues they see more often.

Dr. Ryan Hoffman, Director of the Emergency Department there said staying hydrated can help prevent heat issues but any shortness of breath, confusion, some dizziness, or medical issues that get worse like a growing bite or burn need emergency room attention.

Urgent Care centers are more appropriate for cuts, bruises, scrapes, minor broken bones and cold or flu illnesses.

Bon Secours is also making room in their Urgent Care facilities for more people with longer hours and taking more types of insurance.

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