What Is The Criteria For Urgent Care Centers?

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The Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) and the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine (AAUCM) have established criteria for urgent care centers:

  • Must accept Walk-in patients during business hours
  • Treat a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries, as well as perform minor medical procedures
  • Have a licensed physician operating as the medical director
  • Be open 7 days a week
  • Have on-site diagnostic equipment, including phlebotomy and x-ray
  • Contain multiple exam rooms
  • Various ethical and business standards
  • Contain a procedure room where stitches could be placed, a cast be put on a leg, or even a minor surgical procedure if it is not too risky and can be done under a local anesthetic (numbs a small portion of the body; however, will not put patient into a medically induced coma).
  • Contain communication lines with local hospitals so that patients who need transfer to an emergency room have easy access.

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