Ask the editor: What is the difference between a freestanding emergency room and an urgent care clinic?

FSEDs are great for more serious emergencies, such as car accidents and other major injuries. Urgent care clinics are great for minor injuries such as fractures, flu symptoms or cuts needing stitches.

FSEDs are great for more serious emergencies, such as car accidents and other major injuries. Urgent care clinics are great for minor injuries such as fractures, flu symptoms or cuts needing stitches.

In 2015, I had my first ambulance ride after getting into a car accident. The ambulance took me to get checked for any injuries at the closest emergency room, which happened to be a freestanding emergency department, or FSED, associated with a hospital. Thankfully only my car was seriously injured.

Having now been to both an FSED as well as an urgent care clinic when I had the flu, it is easier for me to understand what sets them apart. But for those who find themselves in an emergency, it can be confusing. FSEDs are great for more serious emergencies, such as car accidents and other major injuries. Urgent care clinics are great for minor injuries such as fractures, flu symptoms or cuts needing stitches.

Read more here on the differences among these various health care facilities by reporter Emma Whalen.
By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two cats.