A 43-Year-Old Man with Pruritic, Scale Plaque and Vesicles on His Hands and Arms

A 43-Year-Old Man with Pruritic, Scale Plaque and Vesicles on His Hands and Arms

The patient is a 43-year-old man who presents to urgent care after work with an extremely pruritic fine scaly plaque and tense vesicles covering his hands and arms. He had been  gardening the previous weekend, worked on his car, and prepared his boat for its first voyage of the season. He wasn’t sure which activity might have caused such a terrible rash. View the image and consider what your diagnosis and next steps would be. …

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Top 5 Wilderness Medicine Topics for the Urgent Care Provider

Top 5 Wilderness Medicine Topics for the Urgent Care Provider

Urgent message: “Wilderness” medicine is less exotic than one would think. Patients with complaints that began during or after an outdoor outing in any season are likely to present to urgent care, making wilderness medical knowledge of paramount importance. Stewart Harsant, MMS, PA-C   Introduction Every season holds its own unique appeal to those who love the great outdoors. Similarly, every season has its own distinct set of risks, ranging from gastrointestinal symptoms, dermatological conditions, …

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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 …

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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 …

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A 10-Year-Old Boy with Multiple Lesions on His Ear

A 10-Year-Old Boy with Multiple Lesions on His Ear

Figure 1. Case A 10-year-old boy visited urgent care complaining of multiple skin lesions on the rim of his ear. They had begun as vesicles and some were beginning to crust. He also had enlarged cervical lymph nodes. His mother was concerned because the symptoms developed after an early spring camping trip with his scout troop and two other boys had similar symptoms. View the photo taken, and consider what your diagnosis and next steps …

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A 70-Year-Old Female with ‘Bony’ Pain in Her Chest

A 70-Year-Old Female with ‘Bony’ Pain in Her Chest

Case The patient is a 70-year-old female who presents with gradual onset of constant pain in her left lower chest and back. She is unsure when she first noticed the pain, but reports that it has worsened since she experienced a fall several days ago. She denies shortness of breath, diaphoresis, or an exertional component. View the images taken and consider what the diagnosis and next steps would be. Resolution of the case is described …

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A 28-Year-Old Man with Fever, Diaphoresis, and Nausea

A 28-Year-Old Man with Fever, Diaphoresis, and Nausea

The patient is a 28-year-old man who presents to urgent care with a single annular ecchymosis lesion on his leg the morning after returning home from a trip to visit his family’s cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. He “thought” he noticed a small insect bite in the vicinity. The lesion has become increasingly painful. View the photo taken and consider what your diagnosis and next steps would be. Resolution of the case is …

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An 18-Year-Old Female with Sudden Sharp Chest Pain

An 18-Year-Old Female with Sudden Sharp Chest Pain

Figure 1.   Case The patient is an 18-year-old female who presents to urgent care with 1–2 hours of “sharp” chest pain that worsens with range of motion. She reports it began suddenly while lifting boxes at work. Pain is not improved with acetaminophen. She denies exertional discomfort, pleuritic pain, and use of hormone therapy. There is no leg swelling, shortness of breath, or sweating. Physical exam reveals: General: Sitting comfortably on the cart, breathing …

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An 11-Year-Old Girl with Back Pain and Chronic Poor Appetite

An 11-Year-Old Girl with Back Pain and Chronic Poor Appetite

Urgent message: Patients with recurrent symptoms should have an expanded history—including a genitourinary history in premenarchal girls. Lavanya Boddu, MD, MBA PRESENTATION The patient is an 11-year-old female brought by her mother to urgent care, with a chief complaint of back pain. The patient was pushed down at school about 2 weeks ago playing ball, landed on her buttocks, and is complaining of back pain radiating to BL hips. She is still able to walk …

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Top 5 Common Causes—and Controversial Conducts—of Heel Pain in Urgent Care

Top 5 Common Causes—and Controversial Conducts—of Heel Pain in Urgent Care

Urgent message: Nontraumatic heel pain is a common presenting complaint in urgent care. Knowing how to accurately diagnose and develop a treatment plan is important, as the course is typically prolonged. Katty Grand-Pierre, MD, CMSS, Frank Ida, BS, EMT-B, and Vincent D’Amore, MD, FACEP INTRODUCTION The heel can absorb 110% of body weight while a person is walking and 200% of body weight during running.1 While the most common cause is plantar fasciitis (PF), accounting …

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