Emergency Room or Urgent Care?

Urgent_Care_SHSSR_Elk_Grove_2012_1Knowing what to do when you or someone close to you needs immediate medical attention can be a tricky decision. Most people have heard of the emergency room (ER) but there is another option to consider if the condition isn’t life threatening. Urgent care centers offer some of the same services as emergency rooms, though they differ in several important ways.

In this short video below, Jeffery Leinen, M.D., FACEP, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Urgent Care Medical Director, discusses the common conditions that can be treated at urgent care centers and life-threatening conditions that require emergency room care. Click here to learn more about Sutter Urgent Care locations in the East Bay including Antioch and Castro Valley.

Come to Sutter Urgent Care for non-life-threatening medical problems

Conditions that can be treated at Urgent Care:


  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sprains and strains
  • Asthma
  • Ear infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Cold and flu
  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Bruises and bumps
  • Headaches
  • Back pain

Situations needing emergency care:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unconsciousness
  • Severe bleeding
  • Poisoning
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Moderate to severe burns
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Serious head, neck or back injury
  • Loss of limb

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