ER or Urgent Care: Test Your Knowledge

Below are a few health care scenarios. Test your understanding of when an individual should go to the Emergency Room or to an Urgent Care Center. Please review each of the below six scenarios. When you are done, you can scroll down to see the answers to each scenario.

  1. Your daughter excitedly left the house with her new scooter, but when she returned she was anxiously limping. Her leg looks swollen and she cannot move it.

  2. Your favorite baby niece is visiting for the weekend -- and she’s been up screaming since 1am Four hours later she is still crying and incessantly pulling her ear.

  3. It’s Thanksgiving Eve and your turkey still isn’t carved. With your best carving knife you quickly slice through 15 lbs. of meat…and your finger.

  4. While undertaking Operation Spring Cleaning, your husband accidently scrapes his arm against a rusty nail in your broom cabinet.

  5. Three Tums TM usually relieve you of heartburn, but after taking eight, you are still in great pain. You can’t help but wonder if the pain in your chest more serious than you initially thought. Could it be a heart attack? You’re just not sure.

  6. Swallowing your Saturday morning coffee is more painful than usual. You go to the bathroom mirror to check out your throat and notice white spots on your tongue.

Answers: For scenarios like 3, and 5 – severe lacerations , seizures and any possible signs of a heart attack – seek emergency room care immediately. For everything else, go to Mount Sinai’s Urgent Care Centers, where fast, quality care is available when you need it most.

Contact Us

Urgent Care Center Upper West Side

638 Columbus Ave, at 91st Street New York, NY 10024
Tel: 212-828-3250

8:30am - 8:30pm, Monday - Friday
9:00am - 3:30pm, Saturday & Sunday

No appointment necessary

Mount Sinai Doctors Brooklyn Heights Urgent Care

300 Cadman Plaza West
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: 929-210-6300

9:00am - 9:00pm, Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday

No appointment necessary