Male with Dyspnea and Hypoxemia during COVID

A 60-year old Male with Dyspnea and Hypoxemia at the Start of a Global Pandemic

Urgent message: The identification and global impact of the novel coronavirus has significantly challenged medical decision-making. Urgent care providers now consider the inclusion of the SARS-CoV-2-causing illness in their differential diagnosis when evaluating patients with signs and symptoms of an acute respiratory infection. Louis Costanzo, MD, MBA Introduction As of March 2021, there have been more than 28.6 million documented cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with the majority of cases those ages 18 …
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Thyroid Storm

An Atypical Presentation of Thyroid Storm: A Stark Yet Potentially Lethal Diagnosis

Urgent message: Unmanaged hyperthyroidism can cause any number of acute conditions that would drive a patient to visit an urgent care center. Further, thyroid storm can mimic several life-threatening events. Early recognition of the correct diagnosis is essential to raising the likelihood of a positive outcome—and protecting the patient from self-harm. Amrita Mahajan, BA and Lindsey Fish, MD INTRODUCTION Thyroid storm is a rare, life-threatening complication of thyrotoxicosis, a condition caused by excess thyroid hormone …
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A Hand Wound Caused by a Pressure Washer

Urgent message: Injuries caused by pressure washers often require debridement or, in severe cases, amputation. Immediate assessment and appropriate management, where feasible, can preclude the need for surgical intervention while effecting a positive outcome. Ellen Hancock, MD; Julie Park; MD, FACS; and Kendall Wermine INTRODUCTION Pressure washer injuries tend to involve the lower extremities and abdomen and usually require a form of surgical intervention such as debridement of tissue and, in severe cases, amputation.1-4 The …
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Hand holding Contaminated Water, Hand Lacerations

A Diagnosis Suspected by Mechanism of Injury: Soft tissue Infection Due to Aeromonas hydrophila and Enterobacter asburiae Following Human Wastewater Exposure

Urgent message: Knowing the mechanism of injury and presence of wound contamination is important in hand lacerations in order to avoid and anticipate skin and soft tissue infections and tissue necrosis, particularly in the setting of contaminated water sources. Cayla Baker, PA-C and Christina Gardner, DHSc, MBA, PA-C Introduction In 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 77,340 work-related accidents resulting in lacerations, with 51,130 of those being to the hand.1 It is important …
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Worsening, General Weakness and Immobility in an IV Drug User

Urgent message: Spinal epidural abscesses are a rare condition that can be fatal if untreated. Populations most at risk include the elderly, diabetics, and IV drug users. The most common cause of an epidural abscess is the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. Savannah Chavez, MD; Jordan Miller, DO; J. Chika Morah, MD INTRODUCTION Incidence of spinal epidural abscesses ranges from 0.2 to 2.8 cases per 10,000 per year, with a peak incidence occurring in patients between 60 …
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