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FIRSTMED URGENT CARE - COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS

SALT LAKE CITY UT

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About FirstMed Urgent Care - Cottonwood Heights

FirstMed is a locally owned and operated network of urgent care clinics providing medical services to residents on the Wasatch Front. We treat everything from sinus infections and flu to cuts requiring stitches and broken bones. All 5 of our convenient locations have x-ray and lab services to aid in the diagnosis and treatment when you are sick or injured.



1950 East 7000 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84121

  • Office Hours
  • Monday - Friday 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Saturday 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Sunday 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

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Some medical situations require more than a bandage and home remedies. Our Salt Lake City, Utah urgent care clinic offers a nice balance between emergency room situations and a trip to the doctor’s office. Examples of some of the situations we treat include vomiting, sprains, eye infections, potentially broken or fractured bones and fevers. We’re also well-prepared for such emergency situations as seizures, chest pains, unstoppable bleeding and extreme abdominal pain.


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If your needs are beyond your family doctor’s medical expertise, she or he can help you find a competent and trustworthy specialist, one you’re sure to get along well with. This is better than trying to find your own specialist, which can result in an extensive period of trial and error. Let us keep your stress to a minimum and your health at the maximum.


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What you should not do at the urgent care clinic

No one can predict an emergency, medical or otherwise. But we can plan to be ready to respond when emergencies happen, and that includes getting medical care.

Doing a little research into the urgent care that’s available where you live can make all the difference in a situation when seconds count. It’s vital that you know your options for medical services before you need them. Take a little time to get to know where to go — and when.

Don't choose urgent care when you need the emergency room

The urgent care clinic can handle a wide range of things, but it’s set up to address situations that are not life-threatening. Go immediately to the closest hospital emergency room if you or someone near you is experiencing any of these problems:

  • Heart attack — symptoms include severe chest pain or pressure that radiates to the neck, jaw, back and arms, sweating, nausea, cold and clammy skin, shortness of breath, confusion, dizziness, extreme fatigue or loss of consciousness.
  • Stroke – symptoms include slurred or labored speech, sudden numbness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion; trouble seeing, walking or other movement; dizziness; loss of balance or coordination; or sudden, severe headache with no apparent cause.
  • Labor — most urgent care clinics are not set up to deliver babies. Instead, head for a birthing center or an emergency room.
  • Unconscious patients — the place to go is the emergency room.
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Head trauma
  • Serious abdominal pain
  • Bullet or stab wounds

Don't use urgent care for the treatment of chronic conditions

These clinics are designed to provide immediate treatment of urgent, but non life-threatening, conditions. Go to your primary care physician or specialist for questions about, or treatment of, symptoms related to:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Refilling prescriptions
  • Chronic pain
  • Vaccinations
  • Wellness and other routine checkups

Don't choose randomly

Remember the Boy Scouts’ motto: “Be prepared.” Do a little research now about the choices for urgent care in your area. Look first for those close to your home and workplace, but remember that some clinics specialize in areas like pediatric care (for children) or senior care.

Check online or with a quick phone call about whether the clinic accepts your health insurance plan or, if applicable, is part of your health network. Knowing where to go can save precious minutes.

Don't forget to bring a list of your medications

Again, preparation can make a world of difference. If you don’t have a list of all the medications that you and your family take, make it now. Have it ready to go with you when you or a loved one needs sudden care.

Remember to include not only medications prescribed by your primary care doctor, but also over-the-counter medications and any recreational substances you may use regularly. These can all have significant interactions with medications that the clinic may prescribe.

Don't go alone

If you can, bring someone you trust with you to the care center. This person can help you if you are injured, and ask questions and receive answers that you, in an injured or ill state, may not be able to remember. A family member or trusted friend can also assist with care after medical treatment.

Do know when to choose this type of care

You should go to the nearest clinic if you require treatment when your primary care physician’s office is closed, such as after hours or on holidays. Go to urgent care for:

  • Upper respiratory tract infections such as flu, cough from infection, nasal congestion or cold
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sprains and strains
  • Deep cuts where you can control bleeding
  • Fever without a rash
  • Vomiting or persistent diarrhea
  • Non-severe abdominal pain

Do prepare for emergencies now

Take a few minutes now to make a list of the medications you use now, and put it where you can grab it quickly in an urgent situation. Then do a little research on the closest urgent care clinic to your home, workplace and children’s schools. Check on whether they specialize in any one kind of treatment, and write down their address and phone number where you can find it quickly.

Remember that you can come to any FirstMed Urgent Care Clinic when the situation calls for urgent care in West Jordan Utah.

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What your family doctor needs to know about your urgent care visit

Medical issues and emergencies never happen at convenient times. When you need medical attention outside of your family doctor’s office hours, you’ll have to turn to the emergency room or urgent care clinic. But after you receive treatment, it’s important to follow up with your family doctor as soon as possible to make sure you’re getting the continuing care you need.

A study in Ontario found that up to 30 percent of patients discharged from the hospital after an emergency room admittance fail to see their family doctor within 30 days. This delay in seeking care can turn into a long-term problem for patients with chronic conditions like diabetes, emphysema or heart disease.

When to go to urgent care

If your condition is serious or life-threatening, or involves a broken bone, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room immediately. Someone who is unconscious or having seizures, chest pain, or serious bleeding should be taken to the ER, as well.

If your situation is not acute or life-threatening, and you cannot reach your family doctor, or can’t wait for their regular office hours, go to the urgent care clinic. Walk-in and urgent care clinics are equipped, staffed and trained for ear and eye infections, skin conditions, sprains and strains and cold and flu symptoms. They can even do x-rays and other diagnostic procedures.

If an urgent care or walk-in clinic is right for your situation, don’t hesitate to go. If possible, bring a list of all the medications and drugs you take, including recreational substances, with the doses and frequency. If time permits, make a list of questions for the urgent care provider.

At the clinic, tell the healthcare provider you see everything you can about your symptoms, how you feel and your general condition. This is important to make the right diagnosis and determine the best treatment.

Follow up with your family doctor

Whether the result is a prescription, stitches, a brace or whatever else it may be, it’s important to follow up as soon as you can with your primary care provider. This will allow them to assess how you’re responding to the treatment and make any necessary adjustments. They will also be able to update your medical record.

A family doctor will also be able to determine if you need further treatment or care, such as a referral to a specialist, further diagnostic procedures or physiotherapy.

A follow-up with the doctor who knows your medical history is important if your treatment involves prescription medication, especially of pain medication such as opioids.

Children whose parents take them to an urgent care clinic because of flu symptoms are often prescribed antibiotics “just in case,” or because the parents ask for them. However, if the symptoms are the result of a viral infection, rather than bacterial, the antibiotic will not be effective. Worse, over-prescription of antibiotics is driving the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The family doctor can assess in a follow-up visit whether the antibiotic is necessary or not.

Patients who see their primary health care provider after a visit to the ER or urgent care center are also more likely to be taking their medications properly, and getting the specialist care they need.

Keep coming back

In fact, family doctors want their patients to see them regularly to monitor their long-term health. While women make regular appointments to see doctors specializing in women's health issues, men tend to go to the doctor only when they’re sick or injured, which means they often miss early warning signs that could help them avoid a larger problem.

When you need urgent care, visit one of FirstMed’s five locations in the Salt Lake City area. But make sure you follow up as soon as you can with your family doctor in Salt Lake City Utah.

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Back to school can be a hazardous time, thank goodness for urgent care!

While parents collectively breathe a sigh of relief as the school year jumps into full swing, students may be facing some of the biggest hazards of all. Sure, it's great to get the kids back to school in the fall, but parents, teachers and healthcare providers need to be aware of the most common schoolyard injuries requiring urgent care.

According to the Utah Department of Health, more than 5,000 school days are missed by students every year in the state due to a school-related injury or illness. Nearly 70 percent of injuries that happen to elementary students occur on the playground, and two-thirds of those injuries happen during recess.

What causes the most schoolyard injuries?

The number one cause of a schoolyard injury that requires urgent care? Falls; especially those resulting from slips and trips – 55 percent of all major accidents in educational facilities start with a trip or a slip.

Thankfully, most trips result in no injury, but they can lead to serious harm that requires not only first aid, but also a visit to the urgent care clinic.

Types of injuries

The head is the most common part of the body to be hurt at just under 40 percent, followed closely by upper extremities (shoulders, arms and hands). The trunk is the area next hurt most often, at 13.3 percent, and legs and feet 8 percent of the time.

The most common types of injuries are fractured or broken bones, cuts, bumps and bruises, sprains and concussions. And the Department of Health warns that most injuries are preventable.

Neck injuries can be the result of sudden, awkward movement, a fall or a collision on the sports field, causing sharp pain. Sprained and twisted ankles are also very common, especially as excited children run across uneven surfaces like playgrounds and sports fields, or when they jump off playground equipment and climbing structures.

Scrapes, bruises and cuts to knees are also common when kids slide on the ground or fall. Young athletes who forget to warm up before sports can also require medical attention.

Wrist injuries often occur when a child tries to break their fall by putting their hands out. It’s a natural reaction, but it can lead to a sprain or a break, requiring urgent care.

Where do accidents happen?

The most common places for school-related injuries are hallways, playgrounds, parking lots, common areas and stairways. Wet ground, slippery floors and stray items on the floor where they shouldn’t be are hazards that can cause injury requiring urgent care.

In classrooms, bags lying on the floor and cables for computers and TVs are common tripping hazards.

Defective sports or playground equipment are frequently the culprits behind an injury. School staff and administrators are responsible for ensuring that all equipment is in good condition for the purpose it’s intended for, and stored properly when not in use. Even when all the equipment is in perfect condition, though, certain sports are inherently dangerous. Supervision of all athletic activity is crucial.

Defective desks, chairs and other classroom equipment can also cause serious injury and a trip to the urgent care clinic. Classroom furniture should be checked regularly to make sure it's not hazardous.

Doors are also the cause of many school injuries, as students get hit by an opening door, or get fingers caught in a closing one. There are finger guards available to prevent the latter injury.

Food poisoning

The improper storage and preparation of food in school cafeterias can, and too often, does, lead to food poisoning. Even kids who bring their lunches from home can become ill from improper storage, especially during warmer times of the year.

Bullying

In this day and age, we have to be aware of incidents of bullying in schools. Fights, assaults and mean pranks can often lead to serious injury, including broken bones and concussions. Supervision and instilling an anti-bullying culture in the school can go a long way toward preventing bullying and the resulting need for urgent care.

Where to go for urgent care

Despite all the precautions we can possibly take, unfortunately kids will be injured on school grounds. When a child in your care needs urgent care in West Jordan Utah, you can always turn to a FirstMed Urgent Care clinic.

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