Term Urgent Care Centers
Code LN-8500
Definition Programs, which may be available on a 24-hour basis, that provide walk-in treatment services for people who have minor illnesses or injuries. Urgent care centers serve as an alternative to hospital emergency departments for episodic care that can not be delayed until an appointment at a physician's office is available; and are often equipped to provide services not generally available in primary care physician offices, e.g., have x-ray facilities that allow for treatment of minor fractures and foreign bodies such as nail gun injuries and/or minor care trauma rooms that facilitate the repair of minor and moderate to severe lacerations that can be treated in an urgent care center.
Created 3/10/92
Changed 11/17/14
Use References Drop In Clinics
Drop-In Clinics
See Also References Emergency Medical Care (LD)
External Classification Terms Ambulatory & Primary Health Care (NPC E09.02)
Community Clinics (NTE E32)
Health (CAN HC-300)
Health Care (AIRS HC-300)
Outpatient Medical Care (UW 2.1.02.02)
Related Concepts Homelessness
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