Acute Care or Emergency Room?

If you or a loved one needs immediate care, turn to trusted providers at Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester. Check out your options for convenient and urgent care—none of which require an appointment.

When to Visit the Emergency Room

If your condition threatens your life or your pregnancy or involves severe wounds, go to the emergency room (ER). Call 9-1-1 or go your nearest ER if you experience:

  • Allergic reactions that cause throat or tongue swelling, vomiting, or lightheadedness
  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Deep vein thrombosis or blood clots
  • Head injuries, including concussions
  • Headaches or migraines with vision change
  • Injuries to the neck, torso, or abdomen
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Poisoning
  • Severe abdominal pains
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Signs of a heart attack, such as chest pain
  • Signs of a stroke, such as sudden numbness in arms or legs
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings
  • Uncontrollable bleeding

Olmsted Medical Center’s emergency medicine department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

When to Visit Acute Care

If your condition isn’t life-threatening, you can use a less costly and quicker alternative to the ER. See what acute care can treat and how a nearby OMC Acute Care Center can provide prompt care in cases that aren’t emergencies. Take advantage of walk-in clinics near you in Olmsted, Dodge, and Wabasha counties.