/Five Mistakes to Avoid When Seeking Immediate Care
Members of the Omaha Fire and Rescue load a simulated patient into an ambulance during PATRIOT Exercise 2015, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. July 23, 2015. PATRIOT is a Domestic Operation disaster-response training exercise conducted by National Guard units working with federal, state and local emergency management agencies and first responders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

Five Mistakes to Avoid When Seeking Immediate Care

Most of the time, injuries and illnesses are unexpected. They usually strike at an inconvenient moment, costing you time and money to get treatment.

But if you’re seeking immediate care for yourself or loved ones, you can and should plan ahead. Ascension’s Ashley Catherine Woods shares five common mistakes to avoid:

Not mapping out nearby care options

An immediate care plan should include directions to both an urgent care facility and emergency room location to ensure round-the-clock access to medical help.