Abstracts in Urgent Care – 01 2021

Language Barriers and Treating Children Ibuprofen and Pediatric with Ankle Sprains Facial Palsy and Leukemia Fentanyl and Midazolam for Younger Patients Are Hypotonic Fluids Safer in Acutely Ill Children? Comparing Symptoms of COVID-19 and Flu Examining COVID-19 in Children Pandemic Resource Limitations—and Burnout Ivan Koay, MBChB, FRNZCUC, MD Extra Care Needed when Dealing with Families where English use is Limited Key point: Children of parents with limited comfort with English (LCE) are twice as likely …

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Worsening, General Weakness and Immobility in an IV Drug User

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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Vaping-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) Presenting to Urgent Care

Vaping-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) Presenting to Urgent Care

Urgent message: Respiratory complaints due to use of e-cigarettes or vaping may be difficult to distinguish from those associated with influenza and other common respiratory illnesses. It is essential for the urgent care provider to ask patients who present with any respiratory complaint about vaping history, and to have a sound understanding of next steps for patients suspected of having e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI). Marco Propersi, DO and Anand Swaminathan, MD, MPH Citation: …

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A 25-Year-Old Woman with Plaques on Her Elbows and Feet

A 25-Year-Old Woman with Plaques on Her Elbows and Feet

The patients is a 25-year-old woman who presents with 1 month of smooth, red-brown plaques on her elbows and the tops of her feet which are pruritic. The lesions are round with a slightly darker ring on the outside, with no scaling or significant surface change to the skin. She has no systemic symptoms. View the image and consider what your diagnosis and next steps would be. Resolution of the case is described on the …

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A 74-Year-Old Female with Multiple Episodes of Chest Pain Over a 2-Day Period

A 74-Year-Old Female with Multiple Episodes of Chest Pain Over a 2-Day Period

A 74-year-old female presents to urgent care complaining of two episodes of chest pain in the past 2 days. The pain is midsternal, squeezing, does not radiate, and began at rest. The patient denies associated nausea, vomiting, diaphoresis, cough, lower extremity swelling or pain. Personal medical history is remarkable for hypertension, asthma, and diabetes.             View the ECG ordered and consider what your diagnosis and next steps would be. Resolution of the case is described …

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Incidence of SARS-CoV-2 in Preoperative Patients Tested in an Urgent Care Setting

Incidence of SARS-CoV-2 in Preoperative Patients Tested in an Urgent Care Setting

Urgent message: The capability to identify patients with COVID-19 before they undergo a surgical procedure is essential to the safety of the patient, the surgical team, and postoperative staff. Given the fact that many patients with the virus never exhibit symptoms, proactive preoperative testing in the urgent care center may lower the risk of spread and help quantify the rate of asymptomatic infection. Sarah Greenwood, PA; Bronson Elizabeth Delasobera, MD; Amanda Joy, PA; Rita Malley, …

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Urgent Care Provider Awareness of the Canadian Computed Tomography Head Rule: A Descriptive Cross-Sectional Survey Study

Urgent Care Provider Awareness of the Canadian Computed Tomography Head Rule: A Descriptive Cross-Sectional Survey Study

Urgent message: As visits to urgent care after possible traumatic brain injury continue to rise, so does the importance of understanding which patients require a CT scan. Assessing the value of the Canadian Computed Tomography Head Rule in making that determination can raise the urgent care provider’s ability to make informed decisions in this regard, reducing the risk of unnecessary radiation exposure in patients who are determined to not need a CT. Jessicah Ray, DHSc, …

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A 24-Year-Old Man with Excessively Odorous and Itchy feet

A 24-Year-Old Man with Excessively Odorous and Itchy feet

The patient is a 24-year-old man who presents with excessive foot odor that he describes as “worse than anything I could have imagined.” He denies pain or burning, but reports that the soles of his feet itch occasionally. He also says his feet sweat heavily when he plays recreational ice hockey a few nights a week. Upon examination, several shallow rounded pits are found on the pressure-bearing areas of the soles.             View the image …

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A 48-Year-Old Female with Months of Fatigue, Nausea, and Body Aches—Including Chest Pain

A 48-Year-Old Female with Months of Fatigue, Nausea, and Body Aches—Including Chest Pain

The patients is a 48-year-old female with a family history of breast cancer who complains of 2 months of fatigue, nausea, and generalized body aches, including chest pain. She reports 40 pounds of unintentional weight loss during this time. Review the ECG taken and consider what other tests you would order, as well as possible diagnoses. (Case presented by Tom Fadial, MD, McGovern Medical School Department of Emergency Medicine.)

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