What is it about doctors these days? Some of them seem to be playing solitaire on their laptops as we sit in the hospital emergency room. Chances are, what our potential doctor is actually doing is treating people sicker than us, but it's all the same when you have to sit and wait. And wait. And wait. Times have changed. It is time for urgent care.

What is urgent care? This is a concept in health care that sprung up several decades ago, but only recently has started seeing some real momentum. The facts are such: Most of us do not have a personal doctor. Those lucky enough to have one, stop reading this article. For all others, please continue.

When we get sick, most of us not fortunate enough to have a personal physician, wind up at a hospital emergency room. This must stop completely. Of course, if you are in a life threatening situation there is no better place than a hospital-but if you have had an accident, or are currently suffering from an illness that is non-life threatening, there is no reason at all to subject yourself to the whims of an emergency room doctor.

Chances are that you will sit there for hours upon hours and still leave sicker then when you arrived. This is no way to receive medical treatment in the twenty fist century! An urgent care clinic will give you the same level of care as a hospital and do it for a much better price-never mind the time you will save.

Let's take a look at one of the illnesses that a doctor at a medical clinic can treat as professionally as a hospital. Anyone who has been bitten by a dog-or who has had a child bitten by a dog-will tell you that the experience is a horrible one. Presented below is all the information you will need to know if you are unfortunately bitten by a canine.

What to do immediately?
The very first thing that an individual who has been bitten by a dog needs to do is to identify the dog that has bitten them. Knowing the history of the dog will help the doctor at your walk in clinic because he will be aware of the dog's medical history. Remember that a dog that has not had all his shots is a much more dangerous dog than one who has.

An urgent care doctor pulls no punches. For instance, he will let you know that according to the law in a major of the United States it is the dog's owner that is responsible for all medical bills if his or her dog takes a chomp out of someone. Your urgent care doctor will also begin treatment. Treatment can include the cleaning of the wound, bandaging, pain medication and many other details.

First things first-before getting to the urgent care doctor one should quickly suppress the bleeding by applying pressure, remembering that one should never use a tourniquet unless they are ready to lose the limit. Because of the large number of dog bites that occurs in the United States annually an urgent care doctor will have much experience in dealing with this type of wound.

If the dog causes a laceration stitches may be required. Your urgent care doctor will be able to manage these on contracts, quickly, professionally and most importantly – affordably.