Emergency Room Basics
When to Visit the ER and What to Do Before You Go
Meet the Doctor: Wade Smith, MD
Board-certified orthopedic trauma surgeon with Swedish Medical Center Orthopedic Trauma and Limb Reconstruction
What’s the difference between urgent care and the emergency room?
Emergency rooms are designed to treat patients with critical conditions and life-threatening injuries. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Urgent care clinics are designed for patients whose illnesses or injuries don’t present as life-threatening, but who feel they cannot wait until...
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