• 01 2016 March

    Zika Virus—Near Pandemic Proportions?

    Urgent message: The clinical manifestations of Zika virus infection are generally mild in adults; the primary concern is the potential link to microcephaly in children of infected pregnant women. There is no cure, so prevention is paramount. MIZUHO SPANGLER, DO, and MICHAEL B. WEINSTOCK, MD Introduction The Zika virus epidemic is gaining a

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    Urgent message: The clinical manifestations of Zika virus infection are generally mild in adults; the primary concern is the potential link to microcephaly in children of infected pregnant women. There is no cure, so prevention is paramount. MIZUHO SPANGLER, DO, and MICHAEL B. WEINSTOCK, MD Introduction The Zika virus epidemic is gaining a

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  • 01 2016 March

    Evaluation and Management of Ankle Injuries in Urgent Care

    Urgent message: Acute ankle injuries can progress to chronic issues. It is essential that the urgent care clinician be aware of the mechanisms of common ankle injuries, their pathophysiology, essential diagnostic tests, and which injuries require transfer for a higher level of care. LISA SCHUERMAN, RN, MSN, APNP Introduction The ankle is one

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    Evaluation and Management of Ankle Injuries in Urgent Care

    Urgent message: Acute ankle injuries can progress to chronic issues. It is essential that the urgent care clinician be aware of the mechanisms of common ankle injuries, their pathophysiology, essential diagnostic tests, and which injuries require transfer for a higher level of care. LISA SCHUERMAN, RN, MSN, APNP Introduction The ankle is one

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  • 22 2016 January

    Take the Blinders Off Your Eyes—and Ears

    URGENT MESSAGE: Over time, urgent care operators become desensitized by what they see and hear every day—a serious challenge to continual improvement and, therefore, success. In this second installment of her guest blog on “blinders,” Lou Ellen Horwitz describes how what is said in an urgent care center influences patient

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    URGENT MESSAGE: Over time, urgent care operators become desensitized by what they see and hear every day—a serious challenge to continual improvement and, therefore, success. In this second installment of her guest blog on “blinders,” Lou Ellen Horwitz describes how what is said in an urgent care center influences patient

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  • 08 2016 January

    To See a Brighter Future, Take Off Your Blinders!

    URGENT MESSAGE: Ongoing success requires that the urgent care operator keep his or her eyes open for opportunities to improve the patient experience. The challenge is that the operator can become desensitized by what he/she sees every day. In this guest blog, Lou Ellen Horwitz explains that effective operators must

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    To See a Brighter Future, Take Off Your Blinders!

    URGENT MESSAGE: Ongoing success requires that the urgent care operator keep his or her eyes open for opportunities to improve the patient experience. The challenge is that the operator can become desensitized by what he/she sees every day. In this guest blog, Lou Ellen Horwitz explains that effective operators must

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Finger Injured by a Hammer Blow

A 33-year-old man presents to the urgent care 2 hours after hitting his middle finger of his left hand with a hammer. He has severe

April 22, 2016
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Portland’s Zoom+: An Integrated Health System Built on Urgent Care

URGENT MESSAGE: Zoom+, which operates 28 walk-in clinics in the Pacific Northwest, has long been a technological innovator, launching web registration, scheduling, and telemedicine in

April 26, 2016
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April 2016

April 1, 2016
Evaluation and Management of Ankle Injuries in Urgent Care
March 2016
March 2, 2016
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February 2016
February 1, 2016
Urgent Care Diagnosis and Management of Tick-Borne Diseases
January 2016
December 30, 2015
Urgent Care Evaluation of Diarrhea
December 2015
December 1, 2015

Clinical

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Evaluation of Scrotal Pain in the Urgent Care Setting

Urgent message: Evaluating patients with acute scrotal pain can be a challenge for clinicians in the outpatient setting because several conditions indicated by it can cause significant morbidity. Performing a thorough but focused medical history and physical examination and considering certain diagnoses, including testicular torsion, epididymitis, and prostatitis, are imperative

April 1, 2016
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Evaluation and Management of Ankle Injuries in Urgent Care
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Urgent Care Management of Acute Otitis Media in Children
Urgent Care Diagnosis and Management of Tick-Borne Diseases

Practice Management

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Roundtable: Expert Perspectives on X-Ray Over- Read Strategies in Urgent Care

Urgent message: To ensure a high quality of patient care and reduce the risk of medical errors while also controlling administrative overhead, every urgent care center should have a clear policy and process for radiologist interpretation of x-ray images, image over-read, or both. Introduction As health-care costs continue to multiply,

April 1, 2016
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Janitorial and Maintenance Roundtable: Best Practices for Managing Environmental Services
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Urgent Care Solutions for Health Systems to Improve Access

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