It’s tax time again and that got me thinking. And thinking got me angry. And angry got me belligerent. And belligerent got me nowhere. So, I went back to thinking about it, and here’s my take: Taxes are the contributions we make to society and the government so that it functions reasonably well, preserves our fragile democracy, and supports those who need our help. Yet, as a physician in a primary care specialty, like many of you, I can’t help but feel resentful this time of year. I’m “taxed out,”Read More

Posted On March 1, 2017 By In Abstracts

Abstracts in Urgent Care March 2017

Clindamycin Reduces Resistance to Group A Strep Key point: Another use for clindamycin. Citation: Andreoni F, Zurcher C, Tamutzer A, et al. Clindamycin affects group A streptococcus virulence factors and improves clinical outcome. J Infect Dis. 2017;215(2):269-277. Necrotizing fasciitis is a life-threatening infection not frequently seen in the urgent care center, though it does occur. This article from the Infectious Diseases Society of America discusses the importance of adding clindamycin to the treatment regimen. No good quality evidence was present before this article proving the effect, but it was surmisedRead More
Urgent message: While pediatric elbow injuries can be a simple fix in an urgent care setting, understanding mechanism of injury and recognizing cases where referral is warranted help ensure positive outcomes. Pediatric musculoskeletal injuries comprise approximately 12% of the 10 million annual visits to urgent care centers and emergency departments in the United States. History, physical exam and proper imaging remain the mainstay of diagnosis and treatment of many orthopedic related chief complaints. The purpose of this article is to provide a simple and concise approach to evaluation of commonRead More
Urgent message: Triceps tears are an uncommon acute injury that can occur from multiple mechanisms, including direct trauma. Assessment of these injuries requires obtaining a medical history and exam and a knowledge of characteristic diagnostic imaging findings. Early diagnosis and identification in patients presenting to an urgent care center is critical to ensure that appropriate treatment is initiated in a timely fashion. Introduction Triceps tendon (TT) tear is the least common of all tendon injuries and comprises <1% of all upper extremity injuries.1 Partial tears of the TT typically affectRead More

Posted On February 28, 2017 By In Clinical Challenges

Glass in Foot

Case The patient is an 8-year-old boy with pain in the right foot for the last several hours. He refuses to walk on the foot. There is no reported injury. On physical exam, you find there is a normal appearance to the foot (no erythema,  swelling). However, there is pain with palpation over the plantar aspect of the mid aspect of the right foot. View the image taken (Figure 1) and consider what your diagnosis would be. Resolution of the case is described on the next page.Read More
Clinical practice guidelines have been gaining interest, along with a little ire, over the last decade. Fueled by Medicare reform, the Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use, and value-based reimbursement models, clinical practice guideline development has been envisioned as a critical way to achieve consistent care quality in a cost-effective and evidence-based way. This is nothing new of course. I remember memorizing the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Screening Guidelines in residency in preparation for boards. I recall with fascination the lectures in medical school describing how screening guidelines are developed,Read More

Posted On January 31, 2017 By In Clinical Challenges

Lateral Humeral Condyle Fracture

  Case A 14-year-old boy presents to urgent care complaining of lateral right elbow pain that began after a fall on the playground yesterday, in which he landed on his outstretched hand. He has no significant medical or surgical history. The elbow pain is worse with range of motion. He denies any wrist or shoulder pain, and there is no head trauma. There are no paresthesias to the hand or arm. View the images taken (Figures 1 and 2) and consider what your diagnosis would be. Resolution of the caseRead More
Urgent message: The incidence of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is seasonal in nature, with a peak during the winter months and a trough in the summer months. In the urgent care setting, primary concerns are risk factors for CAP, as well as current treatment and testing guidelines. Overview Pneumonia is an acute alveolar lung infection that presents with infiltrates upon chest imaging and is often accompanied by fever, cough, sputum production, shortness of breath, and physical findings of consolidation and elevated white blood counts. CAP is defined as pneumonia not acquiredRead More