Abstracts in Urgent Care-October 2019

Report Pulmonary Illness Possibly Involving Vaping to State, Local Health Departments Key point: The CDC is working with state health departments to characterize severe pulmonary disease in patients who use e-cigarettes, also known as vaping. Citations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC urges clinicians to report possible cases of unexplained vaping-associated pulmonary illness to their state/local health department. Available at: https://emergency.cdc.gov/newsletters/coca/081619.htm. Accessed September 6, 2019. Caporale A, Langham MC, Wensheng G, et al. Acute effects of electronic cigarette aerosol inhalation on vascular function detected at quantitative MRI. Radiology. August …
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Abstract In Urgent Care-September 2019

Practice of Urgent Care: Rude Patients May Do More than Ruin Your Mood Key point: Individual and team performance of clinicians suffer in both quality of diagnostic approach and procedural skills when dealing with rude patients. Citation: Riskin A, Erez A, Foulk TA, et al. The impact of rudeness on medical performance: a randomized trial. Pediatrics.2015;136(3):487-495. Patients in urgent care commonly have unrealistic demands and expectations. When they make disparaging remarks, it’s easy to feel scrutinized and under pressure. I’ve often felt distracted in such situations myself, only to subsequently …
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Abstract In Urgent Care-July 2019

Rush for Outpatient Stress Test Recommendation (Finally) Examined Key point: Rapid outpatient stress testing (ie, within 72 hours), which has long been recommended by the American Heart Association, did not decrease the short-term risk of major adverse cardiac events (MACE). Citation: Natsui S, Sun BC, Shen E, et al. Evaluation of outpatient cardiac stress testing after emergency department encounters for suspected acute coronary syndrome. Ann Emerg Med. April 5, 2019. [Epub ahead of print] The management of low-risk chest pain has been a perpetual source of frustration for acute care …
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Abstract In Urgent Care-June 2019

Practice of Urgent Care: The Illusion of Multitasking and the Cost of Interruptions Key point: True multitasking is not possible. Rather, when we attempt to multitask, our brains are actually rapidly switching focus. Task-switching and interruptions negatively impact our ability to complete tasks accurately and effectively. Minimizing task-switching reduces the likelihood of cognitive errors and, consequently, adverse patient outcomes. Citation: Skaugset LM, Farrell S, Carney M, et al. Can you multitask? Evidence and limitations of task switching and multitasking in emergency medicine. Ann Emerg Med. 2016;68(2):189-195 As a younger physician, …
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Abstract In Urgent Care-May 2019

Mitigating Risk Through Shared Decisionmaking Key point: Shared decision-making appears to mitigate the risk to clinicians of patient complaints and lawsuits in the event of a bad outcome. Citation: Schoenfeld  EM, Mader S, Houghton C, et al. The effect of shared decisionmaking on patients’ likelihood of filing a complaint or lawsuit: a simulation study. Ann Emerg Med. January 3, 2019. [Epub ahead of print] Missed and delayed diagnoses of dangerous conditions are unavoidable in urgent care. The deck is simply stacked against us. We are forced to see high volumes …
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