After hours Urgent Care can be defined as the medical care that is given to injuries, disease or illnesses and medical conditions that are not life-threatening and but require immediate care or attention. After hours Urgent Care is provided for clients or patients whose normal organ function would not cease as result of injury or delimitation but have a need for immediate attention. On the other hand, hospital care, (unlike after hours Urgent Care) is provided in most cases to emergency care patients but also the general patient population. However, hospitals are usually crowded and admission to the facility is mostly based on the level of organ or physical failure. During triage procedures (choosing of the right patient to admit), hospital personal usually pick the patients that have severe disease or injury. Hospital care is, therefore, more suitable for intensive care patients who have severe injuries and illnesses, most of which are life-threatening, need constant and close monitoring, and special equipment or medication in order to maintain normal bodily functions.
After hours Urgent Care facilities most often than not may not have medications for chronic or life-threatening diseases such as hypertension in plenty. It is, therefore, important for very critically ill patients to seek their drugs from hospitals. This makes them a less appropriate choice in such cases where these drugs may be required. However, the after-hours care facilities have drugs to manage emergencies but for short periods of time as they refer patients to hospitals. The Afterhours care facilities do not have specialized equipment that can be used for the management of the patients. After hours Urgent Care facilities offer a broad range of services to both male and female of all ages. Both pediatric and adult care is accorded in the after-hours care facilities. Some of the services that the after-hours care facilities are found to offer to include the management of conditions such as colds, coughs and flu symptoms; urinary tract infections; allergies; repair of lacerations; fractures including the use of splints; diagnostic tests such as the diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections and management of eye problems such as foreign bodies lodgment in the eye. After hours Urgent Care facilities also offer referral to hospital in cases where the management is not feasible and possible within the facilities.
Hospital, however, possesses all the facilities. Hospitals have equipment and drugs for urgent, immediate and non-urgent conditions. There are equipment and medication for critical care patients. Surgeries can be performed efficiently in hospitals unlike in after-hours care facilities which cannot perform complicated surgeries. Long-term and continuous management of patients can also be performed in hospitals but not in after-hours care facilities. After hours Urgent Care cannot support all the patient’s conditions, therefore, good decision making is supposed to be performed before taking patient’s to such facilities. However, this after-hours care can be used in cases where hospitals are located far away and they are the nearest facilities around. One such case would be the delivery of babies and foreign body lodgment on offices. Afar hour’s care proves to be significantly important such as hospital care is crucial. Both are crucial for patient or client normal functioning and survival but clients should understand the difference between the two and choose the right place of admission wisely.