When to use the emergency room:
Severe bleeding that does not stop after 15 minutes of direct pressure; severe allergic reactions and/or breathing problems; coughing up or vomiting blood; sudden severe joint pain with swelling; insect stings accompanied by breathing difficulties; swallowing poison or choking; not being able to move or speak; severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea; gaping wound (edges won’t come together); head injury with loss of consciousness, vomiting or causing dizziness/confusion; obvious broken bones or dislocated joints; fever in infants under 8 weeks; diabetes/blood sugar issues.
When to use the urgent care center:
Ear infections/pain; strep/sore throats; cold symptoms; flu; mild dehydration; respiratory illnesses; including respiratory syncytial virus, bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma without severe breathing difficulty; sprains and possible broken bones; minor cuts; vomiting; diarrhea; infected bug bites; foreign body removal (marbles, beans); urinary infection symptoms; pinworms, ringworm, rashes and pinkeye; painful muscle strains; head injuries without loss of consciousness or vomiting.
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FORT WORTH —
A new urgent care center is expected to help reduce emergency room waiting times at Cook Children’s Medical Center by providing after-hours treatment for nonemergencies.
Cook Children’s Urgent Care Center is across the street from the hospital, which is at 801 Seventh Ave. in Fort Worth.
“This is much more convenient when symptoms are not life-threatening or if a child becomes sick after the pediatrician’s office has closed,” Nancy Cychol, president of Cook Children’s, said in a statement.
The urgent care center opened June 3 and served 240 patients in its first week, according to Cook Children’s. The facility has a pediatric-trained staff for patients from birth to 21 years, seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to midnight.
Diane Smith, 817-390-7675 Twitter: @dianeasmith1
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