Discrepancy Rates in Radiograph Interpretations between Pediatric Urgent Care Providers and Radiologists

Discrepancy Rates in Radiograph Interpretations between Pediatric Urgent Care Providers and Radiologists

Urgent message: Many pediatric urgent care centers lack 24/7 pediatric radiologist coverage and rely on the urgent care provider for initial interpretation and subsequent clinical management. If misdiagnosed, this could represent a potential patient safety concern. Allison Wood, DO; Anne McEvoy, MD; Paul Mullan, MD, MPH; Lauren Paluch, MPA, PA-C; Brynn Sheehan, PhD; Jiangtao Luo, PhD; Turaj Vazifedan, DHSc; Theresa Guins, MD; Jeffrey Bobrowitz, MD; and Joel Clingenpeel, MD Citation: Wood A, McEvoy A, Mullan …

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Using Simulations and Skills Stations to Enhance Emergency Preparedness in Pediatric Urgent Care

Using Simulations and Skills Stations to Enhance Emergency Preparedness in Pediatric Urgent Care

Urgent message: Realistic—and recurring—simulation of emergency scenarios is essential to helping urgent care providers and support staff function as a team when real-life pediatric emergencies take place in the urgent care center. Ilanalee Cabrera, MSN, RN, CPNP, Wilma Santiago, BSN, RN, CPN, Tiffany Christensen, Rachel Lucas, DO Citation: Cabrera I, Santiago W, Christensen T, Lucas R. Using simulations and skills stations to enhance emergency preparedness in pediatric urgent care. J Urgent Care Med. 2021;15(10):31-33. Introduction …

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Active COVID-19 Infection Is Indicated by WBC ≤7.0 and PLT ≤200 at Presentation

Active COVID-19 Infection Is Indicated by WBC ≤7.0 and PLT ≤200 at Presentation

Yijung Russell, MD; Casey Collier, MD; Steve Christos, DO; and Shu B. Chan MD, MS Citation: Russell Y, Collier C, Christos S, Chan SB. Active COVID-19 infection is indicated by WBC 7.0 and PLT 200 at presentation. J Urgent Care Med. 2021;15(10):35-38. Introduction The impact coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) has had on individuals, businesses, and governments is unprecedented in many ways. Though widespread and frequent screening is recommended for better containment,1 limited availability of …

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More Timely Care: Effect of Online Queuing vs Change in Hours of Operation on Hourly Arrival Volumes. A Practice Management Reflection

More Timely Care: Effect of Online Queuing vs Change in Hours of Operation on Hourly Arrival Volumes. A Practice Management Reflection

Urgent message: Hours of operation changes may have more effect on leveling patient arrival volumes in a pediatric urgent care compared with an online queueing system alone. Aimy Patel, MD; Jennifer Johnson, MD; Brian R. Lee, PhD, MPH; Amanda Montalbano, MD, MPH Citation: Patel A, Johnson J, Lee BR, Montalbano A. More timely care: effect of online queuing vs change in hours of operation on hourly arrival volumes. a practice management reflection. J Urgent Care …

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Do Respiratory Outpatient Clinics Decrease Bronchiolitis Reevaluation Rates? Observational Data from a Quality Improvement Project

Do Respiratory Outpatient Clinics Decrease Bronchiolitis Reevaluation Rates? Observational Data from a Quality Improvement Project

Urgent message: Establishing respiratory outpatient clinics has been shown to decrease reevaluation rates for patients with bronchiolitis, especially in children aged <12 months and/or those who receive suctioning during their initial urgent care encounter. Prema D. Souza, MD; Aimy Patel, MD; Brian Lee, PhD; and Amanda Nedved, MD Citation: Souza PD, Patel A, Lee B, Nedved A. Do Respiratory Outpatient Clinics Decrease Bronchiolitis Reevaluation Rates? Observational Data for a Quality Improvement Project. J Urgent Care …

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Implementing Clinical Practice Guidelines in Adults with Hypertension: An Effective Practice Change in Urgent Care

Implementing Clinical Practice Guidelines in Adults with Hypertension: An Effective Practice Change in Urgent Care

Urgent message: Too often, patients first learn that they have hypertension secondary to an unrelated presenting complaint—often, in the urgent care setting. Improving adherence to treatment guidelines may improve management and, ultimately, outcomes. Jennifer Iacovo, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Bonni Cohen, PhDc, DNP, APRN, ANP-C, FNP-C, CHFN, CNE, FAANP; and Judith Butler, DNP, CNM, WHNP, CNE Abstract Background: There are approximately 100 million adults in the U. S. with hypertension (HTN); almost half go undiagnosed. The …

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A Novel Method for Blinding Reviewers to Gender of Proceduralists for the Purposes of Gender Bias Research

A Novel Method for Blinding Reviewers to Gender of Proceduralists for the Purposes of Gender Bias Research

Urgent message Gender bias, whether overt or subconscious, may be to blame for disparities in hiring practices, salary, and advancement in medical schools, the urgent care setting, and any healthcare workplace. Recognizing the value of gender-neutral assessment may not only “even the playing field,” but increase the likelihood of identifying the best candidates for clinical positions. Michael Pallaci, DO; Jennifer Beck-Esmay, MD; Adam R. Aluisio, MD, MSc; Michael Weinstock, MD; Allen Frye, NP; Ashley See, …

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Prolonged Duration of Pediatric COVID-19

Prolonged Duration of Pediatric COVID-19

Urgent Message: Many Institutions have established guidelines regarding when individuals can return to their regular activities after recovering from COVID-19. Where children and schools are concerned, it’s unclear what the role of testing is (or should be). Katharine Miao, MD, FACEP; Frank Illuzzi, MD, FACEP, CPE; and Alexander Hwang Citation: Miao K, Illuzzi F, Hwang A. Prolonged duration of pediatric COVID-19. J Urgent Care Med. 2021;15(5):23-25. Introduction Since the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus within …

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Most Clinicians Are Still Not Comfortable Sending Chest Pain Patients Home with a Very Low Risk of 30-Day Major Adverse Cardiac Event (MACE)

Most Clinicians Are Still Not Comfortable Sending Chest Pain Patients Home with a Very Low Risk of 30-Day Major Adverse Cardiac Event (MACE)

Michael B. Weinstock, MD; Michael Pallaci, DO; Amal Mattu, MD; Cameron Berg, MD; Paul Jhun, MD; and Jeff Riddell, MD. Urgent message: Patients who present with chest pain but tests indicate there is little risk for a major event can leave providers uncertain as to what next steps are appropriate, and raise concerns for bad outcomes and litigation. Citation: Weinstock MB, Pallaci M, Mattu A, Berg C, Jhun P, Riddell J. Most Clinicians Are Still …

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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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