When to Use a Medical Aid Unit
To better meet your health care needs, ChristianaCare offers easy access to exceptional care from a medical professional every day at our Medical Aid Units in five locations in Delaware.
Adults and children can visit a ChristianaCare Medical Aid Unit to treat injuries or illnesses that are not extremely serious or life-threatening, but require care within a few hours or the same day. When you need medical attention quickly and your family doctor is not available, ChristianaCare Medical Aid Units provide exceptional care in a timely manner. Our health care providers will see you for:
|Asthma attacks||Sore throats and coughs|
|Broken bones||Sports injuries|
|Eye and ear problems||Sprains and strains|
|Flu-like symptoms||STD concerns (Sexually Transmitted Disease)|
|Gastrointestinal (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)||Tuberculosis testing|
|Minor burns||Urinary tract infection|
|Physical exams: sports or school||Vaginal burning/itching|
|Sinus infection||Wounds and cuts|
Facts about the value of our MAUs:
Number of visits: 75,000. Top visit reason are:
- Acute pharyngitis, unspecified
- Acute upper respiratory infection
- Streptococcal pharyngitis
- Urinary tract infection
- Screening for respiratory tuberculosis
- Acute sinusitis
MAU visits are quick – median wait time to see a doctor is 15 minutes (average 20 min), and median total time in the MAU is 49 minutes (average 50.5 min; 49% discharged within 45 minutes).
The Medical Aid Units are participating in statewide initiative through eBrightHealth to reduce the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. To date, the MAU’s have reduced unnecessary use by 49%.
ChristianaCare’s Medical Aid Units are fully accredited to provide urgent care by The Joint Commission.
No appointment is necessary. We participate in most health-insurance plans.
ChristianaCare Medical Aid Units are not a substitute for a hospital emergency department, which you should visit for treatment of severe accidents or life-threatening symptoms.
Dial 9-1-1 for all emergencies.