Abstracts In Urgent Care – February 2019

Check the Temps: A Timely Throwback Key points: Peripheral temperatures (ie, temporal, tympanic, oral, and axillary) are inaccurate and cannot reliably exclude the presence of fever. If absolute certainty regarding febrile status is critical (eg, neonates, immunosuppressed patients), a (gentle) rectal temperature is the preferred method of temperature acquisition in the urgent care setting. For all others, a tympanic temperature reading <37.5°C appears to best exclude true fever with reasonable certainty. Finally, all this comes with the important caveat that recent use of an antipyretic must also be considered when …
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Abstracts In Urgent Care – January 2019

A Brief Introduction Happy New Year! 2018 is now behind us and it was another great year for urgent care. We are fortunate to work in one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing fields in medicine. I find it thrilling that the future of urgent care is ours to define and design. According to data from the UCA, last year nearly 150 million patients received care in U.S. urgent care centers (UCCs). These patients deserve quality, evidence-based care; however, the rapid growth of urgent care has outpaced scholarly research …
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Abstracts In Urgent Care – December 2018

The Year in Abstracts: Top Papers of 2018 for the Urgent Care Clinician Reviewed by Andy S. Barnett, MD  This has been an eventful year in the urgent care marketplace. Then again, you could say that at the end of most years in our dynamic, ever-growing industry. That begs the question, what did set 2018 apart from other years? Mergers and acquisitions, evolving technologies, and workplace trends certainly impact what you do every day. But at the end of that day, it’s all about the patients. With that in mind, …
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Abstracts In Urgent Care – November 2018

From ID Week: Outbreak-Related Hep A Infections Are on the Rise Key point: Hepatitis A infection may be evolving from common-source exposure to outbreak exposure. Urgent care clinicians can influence this phenomenon by recommending that at-risk adults receive immunization. Citation: Foster M, Hofmeister M, Yin S, et al. Changing epidemiology of hepatitis A virus infections—United States, 2009–2017. Oral Abstract Session. ID Week 2018. Available at: https://idsa.confex.com/idsa/2018/webprogram/Paper74176.html. Accessed October 8, 2018. Between 2007 and 2017, the incidence of hepatitis A attributed to outbreaks, as opposed to common-source exposure, increased steadily—so much …
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Abstracts In Urgent Care – October 2018

New Data Show ‘Steep and Sustained’ Increase in STD Occurrence—Especially Syphilis Key point: Over the past 5 years, rates of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia have all increased in the United States, with syphilis cases almost doubling and cases of antibiotic-reistant gonorrhea rising. Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2018 STD Prevention Conference. New CDC Analysis Shows Steep and Sustained Increases in STDs. August 28, 2018. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/2018/2018-std-prevention-conference.html#Graphics. Accessed September 7, 2018. Every other year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosts a gathering of top experts and …
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