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Walk in Clinic Concept and Characteristics

Walk in clinic can also be known as Convenient Care Clinic (CCC), is the type of clinics to serve the routine family illness and casual health problems. These can be located in markets, shopping malls and pharmacies etc. Walk in clinic provides a cheap cost, quick and handy health care, while you are suffering with some routine type of issue and you are unable to wait for longer time duration to get some specialist’s appointment. These provide immediate medical treatment for non-life threatening injury and illness. Normally at some walk in clinic, you have to pay by yourself on the same visit unlike the hospitals where they bill you or to insurance your company. At some walk in clinic you do not need to get any appointment before time but if they are having many patient visitors then you may have to wait for your turn. At such walk in clinic often some staff nurse along with nurse practitioner or doctor serves the visitors.

Walk in clinic is small in size and bears limited resources and remains open for longer time durations in a day. It has the advantage that there can be taken care of emergencies which are not much serious and you do not need to wait for a longer time duration to get served and quite inexpensive too. It usually has the laboratory, X-Ray and Ultrasound facility as well and some people call it urgent care clinic too. Some other conventions which can be used to call are retail based clinics or walk-in medical clinics . Currently, there are over 1,000 CCCs (Walk in Clinic) located throughout the United States. Most clinics are open seven days a week, twelve hours a day during the workweek and eight hours a day on the weekends. It is expected that the number of Walk in Clinic (s) will rise dramatically in near future due to their instant and cost effective nature.

Walk in clinic (s) provides preventive care service including health screening, vaccinations, and physical exams. They sometime also serve as sample collection points for blood, urine and feces for laboratory tests as well, if they don’t have their own laboratory infrastructure, and then these samples are sent to some renowned lab to get the detailed investigation reports. A walk in clinic can offer a narrow range of services which is usually limited to 25 – 30 of the most common diagnoses. Such limited scope of services is seen in both nurse practitioner and physician-staffed walk in clinic (s).
Normally walk in clinic provides the following range of services in the treatment of common family illnesses;

* Cold and Flu

* Sinus Infections or Upper Respiratory Infections

* Allergies

* Dental Care

* Minor Injuries, Burns, Sprains and Rashes

* Bladder Infections

* Pink Eye or Styes

* Sore or Strep Throat

* Headaches

* Influenza and Common Cold Symptoms

* Head lice

* Ringworms

* Minor Injuries

* Medicine or Chemical Reaction

* Warts

* Sprains and Strains

* Skin Conditions, Such as Warts or Eczema

* Bronchitis

* Ear Infections, Earache and Fever

* Flu or Tetanus Vaccinations

* Pregnancy Tests

* Urinary Tract Infections

* Diarrhea and Intestinal Infections

Such emergencies which are life endangering demands proper care and in any of following condition it is advised to directly go for hospital emergency instead of clinics;

* Serious Chest Pain and Shortness of Breath

* Major Burns

* Life Threatening Head Traumas

* Emergency Childbirth

* Seizures

* Bleeding that does not stop

* Drug Over Dose or other Toxic Condition

* Life Threatening Injuries

Many managed care organizations (MCOs) now encourage their customers to utilize the urgent care option. The Urgent Care Association of America established criteria for urgent care centers (Walk in clinic) in April 2009. This criterion defines scope of service, hours of operation, and staffing requirements.

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Instant Medical Care is one of the good providers which are providing walk in clinic services to people in distress.

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