Evaluation of Nonfatal Drowning in Urgent Care

Urgent message: Lingering warm weather and postpandemic euphoria continue to have patients eager to pursue outdoor activities, including swimming in pools, freshwater lakes, and oceans. Those who have suffered a drowning episode and whose symptoms have resolved may seek care or reassurance at the local urgent care center. Citation: Davidoff TQ. Evaluation of nonfatal drowning in urgent care. J Urgent Care Med. 2021;15(11):11-14. Case Presentation A 4-year-old Hispanic male without significant past medical history is found by his mother flailing in the pool, coughing and choking for an unknown period …
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LGBTQ Friendly Urgent Care

Best Practices for LGBTQ-Friendly Urgent Care

Urgent message: LGBTQ individuals are subject to implicit and explicit bias in our society, ranging from microaggressions and antagonistic legislation to overt discrimination and harassment. This can inhibit willingness to seek medical care—and, subsequently, lead to worse health outcomes. Given the more accessible, episodic nature of urgent care, understanding how word choice and other subtle cues communicate our competency in working with LGBTQ patients can help us engender trust more quickly. INTRODUCTION The goals for treating LGBTQ patients (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning individuals) are the same …
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Clinical Article Epistaxis

Epistaxis: A Clinical Review

Urgent message: Epistaxis is a common chief complaint representing a wide spectrum of severity. Key features such as the vital signs, location of the bleeding, and patient history, as well as practice and facility with certain procedures, can assist significantly with patient outcomes and dispositions. Lindsay Ballard, MD; Stephanie Fernandez, MD; and Joshua Kornegay, MD Citation: Ballard L, Fernandez S, Kornegay J. Epistaxis: a clinical review. J Urgent Care Med. 2021;15(10):13-18. Introduction Epistaxis is a frequent chief complaint in both urgent care and emergency department settings. Approximately 60% of the …
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Fishhook in Hand - Fishhook Removal

An Urgent Care Approach to Fishhook Removal

Urgent message: While fishhook injuries are common in urgent care centers located in or near recreation areas, especially during vacation season, their untimely presentation can cause pandemonium in the office. Management requires a thorough understanding of the mechanism of injury, the type of hook involved, and proper technique for removal. Anthony G. Stanley, MD and Jorge Murrilo, MD Citation: Stanley AG, Murrilo J. An urgent care approach to fishhook removal. J Urgent Care Med. 2021;15(9):13-18. INTRODUCTION Fishhook injuries are a common, underestimated occurrence presenting to emergency rooms, ambulatory care, and …
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