If you are like most people, the thought of waiting in a germ-filled emergency room to treat minor abrasions, minor broken bones, strep throat or sprain, and minor back problems just doesn't make sense. You can easily catch a cold
Emergency rooms are built to accommodate the most urgent and life-threatening situations such as heart attack, breathing difficulty, serious head injuries, and stab or gunshot wounds.
If you have a profusely bleeding leg or a broken bone, you probably will call 911. But if your knee pain isn't quite that dramatic, how do you make the distinction between something that a doctor should definitely look at