Urgent Care vs Austin Emergency Center

What makes Austin Emergency Center different from an Urgent Care Clinic? And how is this different from a Hospital-Based Emergency Room? The following table shows what the state of Texas requires of the three types of facilities.

UC AEC Hosp ER
X-Rays ? + +
Oxygen, Asthma Nebulizers ? + +
Basic Onsite Lab Tests ? + +
IV Fluids, Medications ? + +
24hours/day, 7days/week 0 + +
ER-Trained/Experienced Doctors 0 + +/-
Overnight Observation 0 + +
CT Scan 0 + +
Ultrasound 0 + +
Cardiac Onsite Lab Tests 0 + +
ACLS, ATLS, PALS Credentialing 0 + +/-
Pharmacist 0 + +
Electricity Generator 0 + +
EMTALA 0 + +
Integrated with Disaster Mgmt 0 + +
Licensed/Regulated by State 0 + +
Onsite Sub-Specialists 0 0 + / –
O.R. with Anesthesiology 0 0 +
Wait Times 15-30 min <5 min 30-180 min
UC Urgent Care
AEC Austin Emergency Center
Hosp ER Hospital-based ER

Also check out: BlueCross BlueShield of Texas Medical Emergency Location Guide