High Prevalence of Asymptomatic COVID-19 in the Pediatric Population

High Prevalence of Asymptomatic COVID-19 in the Pediatric Population

Urgent message: As understanding of COVID-19 in the pediatric age group evolves, it has come to light that children may contract the virus, yet be asymptomatic, more commonly than we initially believed. We have found a high prevalence of asymptomatic pediatric patients testing positive for COVID-19 in our urgent care clinics in the NY metro region. Katharine Miao MD, Frank Illuzzi MD, and Alexander C. Hwang IMPORTANCE SARS-CoV-2 is the novel virus that causes COVID-19. …

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Preparedness for Emergencies in Pediatric Urgent Care Settings

Preparedness for Emergencies in Pediatric Urgent Care Settings

Urgent message: While standards for pediatric emergency care have been defined for outpatient offices and emergency departments, guidelines have not been published for urgent care centers. This study assesses the presence of equipment, supplies, and medications necessary to manage emergencies in pediatric urgent care centers. Amanda Montalbano, MD, MPH, FAAP and Brian Lee, PhD, MPH Results from this project were presented in poster format the Pediatric Urgent Care Conference in Orlando, FL in 2018. No …

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Evaluation of a Point-of-Care COVID-19 Testing Platform Using Self-Collected Nasal Swabs in an Urgent Care Setting

Evaluation of a Point-of-Care COVID-19 Testing Platform Using Self-Collected Nasal Swabs in an Urgent Care Setting

Urgent message: A validated platform effective in performing rapid point-of-care tests for SARS-CoV-2 would be ideal for use in urgent care centers. While reports of false negative results with one system called the viability of such a platform into question, results of this study support the use of POC testing using self-collected nasal swabs. Bronson Elizabeth Delasobera, MD; Amanda Joy, PA; Masashi Waga; Rita Malley, MS; Anisha Patel, MS; Sarah Greenwood, PA; Jerry Creighton, RN; …

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A Multicenter Study of the Rate of MACE in Chest Pain Patients with a Moderate HEART Risk Score Referred from Urgent Care for an Expedited Outpatient Cardiology Evaluation

A Multicenter Study of the Rate of MACE in Chest Pain Patients with a Moderate HEART Risk Score Referred from Urgent Care for an Expedited Outpatient Cardiology Evaluation

ABSTRACT Background: The HEART Score is an effective method of risk-stratifying emergency department patients with chest pain. The rate of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in patients with moderate HEART score referred from an urgent care center (UC) for an expedited outpatient cardiology evaluation is unknown.  Purpose: The primary outcome of this study was to examine the rate of MACE when patients with moderate HEART score were referred for expedited outpatient cardiology follow-up after evaluation …

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Chest X-Ray Findings Among Urgent Care Patients with COVID-19 Are not Affected by Patient Age or Gender: A Retrospective Cohort Study of 636 Ambulatory Patients

Chest X-Ray Findings Among Urgent Care Patients with COVID-19 Are not Affected by Patient Age or Gender: A Retrospective Cohort Study of 636 Ambulatory Patients

Joshua Russell, MD, MSc, FACEP MD; Ana Echenique, MD, DABR; Steven R. Daugherty, PhD; and Michael Weinstock, MD Abstract Background/Objective A prior study of patients presenting to urgent care (UC) centers with COVID-191 showed that only a small proportion of these ambulatory patients demonstrated significant pathology on chest x-ray (CXR). In this secondary analysis of 636 ambulatory patients with confirmed COVID-19 from greater New York City (NYC), our primary objective was to determine whether the …

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The Effect—or Non-Effect—of Rapid Medical Evaluation Programs on Resident Education

The Effect—or Non-Effect—of Rapid Medical Evaluation Programs on Resident Education

Urgent message: With significant overlaps in clinical staff, patient population, and provider training between emergency medicine and urgent care, valuable insights relevant to urgent care can be gleaned from understanding the effect of incorporating provider-in-triage training into emergency medicine resident education. INTRODUCTION Crowding is a major barrier to timely and effective patient care in emergency departments. Crowding occurs when the demand for care exceeds the ability to supply it in an efficient fashion. This is …

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Chest X-Ray Findings in 636 Ambulatory Patients with COVID-19 Presenting to an Urgent Care Center: A Normal Chest X-Ray Is no Guarantee

Chest X-Ray Findings in 636 Ambulatory Patients with COVID-19 Presenting to an Urgent Care Center: A Normal Chest X-Ray Is no Guarantee

Michael B. Weinstock, MD, Ana Echenique, MD, DABR, Joshua W. Russell, MD, MSc, FACEP, Ari Leib, MD, Jordan A. Miller, DO, David J. Cohen, MD, Stephen Waite, MD, Allen Frye, NP, and Frank A. Illuzzi, MD, FACEP Abstract Background/Objective Patients with COVID-19 commonly present to Urgent Care (UC) centers. Our primary objective was to determine what percentage of UC patients with confirmed COVID-19 had normal vs abnormal chest x-rays (CXR). Secondarily, we aim to describe …

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Is Pain the Fifth Vital Sign? Higher Triage Patient-Reported Pain Score Does Not Predict Increased Admission or Transfer Rates

Is Pain the Fifth Vital Sign? Higher Triage Patient-Reported Pain Score Does Not Predict Increased Admission or Transfer Rates

Urgent message: Efforts to have pain declared a “fifth vital” sign began nearly 25 years ago. Since then, several national accrediting and governmental agencies have taken up the cause of viewing pain as a distinct problem to be addressed as such. However, few data relevant to emergency and urgent care presentations exist.    Mark Pruitt, DO, Ya Wen, DO, Michael Pallaci, DO, and Godwin Dogbey, PhD INTRODUCTION Traditionally, there have been four vital signs: temperature, …

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A Small Step for JUCM, a Giant Leap for Urgent Care: JUCM’s latest initiative in publishing original research and leading an academic transformation as Urgent Care “comes of age”

Long before the first flowers of the new year bloom, an even earlier indicator of winter’s end manifests itself: teenagers plotting and perseverating over Spring Break plans. Partially a rite of passage and in other ways an early indicator of a youth’s future fate, much can be predicted about an adolescent’s trajectory by their choice of destination and activity during this vernal vacation. Sure, it’s not a perfect science. However, it’s safe to say that …

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The Effect of PECARN Guidelines on Minor Head Injury Referrals from the Urgent Care Center to the Emergency Room

The Effect of PECARN Guidelines on Minor Head Injury Referrals from the Urgent Care Center to the Emergency Room

Cathleen DeLaney DNP, MSN-FNP, APRN and Kris Skalsky MSNEd, EdD, RN Abstract Background and Purpose: The focus of this project was to determine if an evidence-based educational intervention had an impact on reducing the number of pediatric head injury referrals from the urgent care center to the emergency room. The urgent care center often makes referrals of pediatric head injury patients to the ED, contributing to the overutilization and overcrowding of an already taxed system. …

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