Epistaxis: A Clinical Review

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 …

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An Urgent Care Approach to 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. …

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Outpatient Management of COVID-19 in the Urgent Care Clinic: Administering Monoclonal Antibodies

Outpatient Management of COVID-19 in the Urgent Care Clinic: Administering Monoclonal Antibodies

Urgent message: The approved use of monoclonal antibodies to treat patients who have COVID-19 may signal a shift from inpatient to outpatient care of infected individuals who do not require hospitalization. Urgent care facilities may be ideally suited to serve as treatment centers and to become destinations of choice for such patients. Lindsey Fish, MD Now that COVID-19 has been with us for over a year, we are in a much different position regarding the …

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Pretravel Consultations in the Urgent Care Setting

Pretravel Consultations in the Urgent Care Setting

Urgent message: A pretravel consultation assesses the patient’s fitness for travel in the context of anticipated risks associated with their journey. This individualized counseling takes into account not just age or destination, but also general health and other factors such as past travel experience. Given the proliferation of single-specialty travel medicine clinics, with appropriate training and preparation, these assessments can easily be performed in the urgent care setting. Benjamin Silverberg, MD, MSc, FAAFP, FCUCM Citation: …

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Managing Concussions in Acute Care

Managing Concussions in Acute Care

Jordan Wackett MD, MPH, Joshua Kornegay, MD, Craig Rudy, MD The most recent recommendation from the Concussion in Sport Group calls for 24-48 hours of rest and a graded return to activity (unrestricted once asymptomatic)2. Unfortunately, asymptomatic from a concussion standpoint is not always obvious, which can make the new recommendation difficult to implement as patients may remain symptomatic while adhering to rest. Symptomatology is often multifactorial and they may be instructed to rest despite …

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Building the Body Up Just to Break the Body Down: A Look Into Black Market Substance Use Among Young Athletes and Bodybuilders

Building the Body Up Just to Break the Body Down: A Look Into Black Market Substance Use Among Young Athletes and Bodybuilders

Urgent message: Many performance-enhancing medications not currently approved by the FDA remain undetectable in basic urine specimens collected in the urgent care setting. If there is suspicion of any form of illicit substance use, the inquiry of specific supplements/agents is key, as side effect profiles are often vast and wide. Rachael M. Poff, PA-C and Christina E. Gardner, DHSc, MBA, PA-C INTRODUCTION Selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) constitute a class of medication that has become …

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Practice Review: Patients Presenting with Symptoms of Odontogenic Infection

Practice Review: Patients Presenting with Symptoms of Odontogenic Infection

Urgent message: Odontogenic infections can pose life-threatening risk when swelling occurs in close proximity to the airway. It is essential that the urgent care provider is able to differentiate cases of relatively straightforward infection that can be managed in the urgent care setting vs true airway emergencies. Amandeep Kaur Bains, BDS(Hons) MFDS RCPS (Glasg); Awais Safdar Ali, BDS MJDF RCSEng; and Pavan Padaki, BDS, MFDS RCPS (Glasg), MBChB, MRCS, FRCS (OMFS) INTRODUCTION While odontogenic or …

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If Not Otitis Externa…Then What?

If Not Otitis Externa…Then What?

Urgent message: Complaints of ear pain in children are among the most common presentations in the urgent care setting. While acute otitis media and acute otitis externa are high on the list of possible causes, it is essential that the urgent care provider be prepared to differentiate these from other possible etiologies. Elizabeth Flasch, MSN, APNP, PNP; Sadia Ansari, MD; Timothy Martin, MD Citation: Flasch E, Ansari S, Martin T. If not otitis externa…then what? …

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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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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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