Curb Antibiotic Prescribing for Children—Before It’s Too Late

Curb Antibiotic Prescribing for Children—Before It’s Too Late

Just recently, we told you about Intermountain Healthcare’s efforts to improve its providers’ antibiotic prescribing habits through educational initiatives—and its success in establishing better antibiotic stewardship. Now a study published in the journal Pediatrics reveals similar progress with pediatricians affiliated with NorthShore University HealthSystem and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ practice based-research network. The program that formed the basis of the study involved 19 pediatric practices and reflected 72,723 visits between November 2015 and June …

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Children Sick with Something Other than COVID-19 Require Special Care During the Pandemic

Children Sick with Something Other than COVID-19 Require Special Care During the Pandemic

Your clinical team has had to adapt to a whole new way of administering care since the COVID-19 pandemic landed in the U.S.—and not just for patients with the virus. The highly infectious nature of the disease not only scared some patients into delaying care, but also forced urgent care operators (and all healtchcare professionals) to adapt the way they operate on a daily basis. It’s largely been a process of trial and error. Guidance …

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Make Sure You Understand the Implications of COVID-19 on Immunization as Kids Head Back to School

Make Sure You Understand the Implications of COVID-19 on Immunization as Kids Head Back to School

Back-to-school time typically means parents are scrambling to make sure their children’s immunization status is current. This year, of course, how (or even if) schools should reopen is a hotly debated issue in many communities. Regardless of how that controversy works out in your neck of the woods, you have to be prepared to administer needed vaccines—and to answer questions. Anticipating this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has produced a Vaccination Guidance During …

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New Clues to Which Children May Be Headed for MIS-C—and Poor Outcomes

New Clues to Which Children May Be Headed for MIS-C—and Poor Outcomes

Parents and caregivers took some small degree of comfort as COVID-19 surged in “knowing” that the virus didn’t pose much of a risk to children—or so the thinking went at the time. Since then, we’ve become acquainted with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a related illness that does seem to pose a greater risk in younger patients. A new article published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reveals characteristics of MIS-C that could be …

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CDC Warns Urgent Care: Parents May Be Arriving with Concerns Over More than Flu and COVID-19

CDC Warns Urgent Care: Parents May Be Arriving with Concerns Over More than Flu and COVID-19

As parents and school districts wrestle with the safest way to begin the school year in light of COVID-19, public health officials are bracing themselves for the day flu season starts to overlap with the pandemic. So, news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects new cases of acute flaccid myelitis to start mounting soon is concerning, to say the least. The CDC issued a warning that “2020 will be another peak year …

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A Wrinkle in Schools Reopening: Kids Over 9-Years-Old Can Spread COVID-19 as Much as Adults

A Wrinkle in Schools Reopening: Kids Over 9-Years-Old Can Spread COVID-19 as Much as Adults

A not-yet-finalized study of COVID-19 contact tracing in South Korea indicates that children under the age of 9 have the lowest virus transmissibility rate among all age groups. While that’s good news in considering the risk to the youngest children and their close contacts, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, points out that the converse conclusion—that children 10 and up are fully capable of transmitting the disease—could spell …

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Characteristics of Kids Who Become Severely Ill with COVID-19 Offer Clues on Similarities—and Dissimilarities—to Other Inflammatory Syndromes

Characteristics of Kids Who Become Severely Ill with COVID-19 Offer Clues on Similarities—and Dissimilarities—to Other Inflammatory Syndromes

It’s taken a while for data to catch up with the potential harm that could await children who contract COVID-19, but it’s becoming clearer that children who become severely ill with the virus may have certain things in common with kids who have better-understood conditions. Urgent care providers should be wary of assuming that similarities in presenting characteristics equate to similar trajectories ahead, however. A new study just published by the Journal of the American …

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ED Utilization Data Reveal Where Urgent Care Could Make an Impact—and Draw Young Patients

ED Utilization Data Reveal Where Urgent Care Could Make an Impact—and Draw Young Patients

A team of researchers who sought to understand what insights could be gleaned from studying emergency room utilization measures wound up revealing data that could be useful for urgent care operators seeking to bolster their pediatric services. A study just published in The American Journal of Managed Care considered whether ED visit count and ED reliance could be used to identify clinically or demographically different populations of children. Of interest to urgent care operators is …

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UHG Study: Too Many Children Lack Primary Care; Urgent Care Could Be Filling the Gaps

UHG Study: Too Many Children Lack Primary Care; Urgent Care Could Be Filling the Gaps

Data from a new study by UnitedHealth Group show that urgent care centers could be providing care for millions of American children who have limited access to well-child visits. Looking at the care of plan members between the ages of 3 and 18 in West Virginia, they found that only one out of three children received an annual well-child visit—with the shortfall being especially dramatic among Medicaid-covered families, children of color, and in rural areas. …

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Kids Need to Maintain Regular Health Practices, too

Kids Need to Maintain Regular Health Practices, too

We recently reported data indicating that the public in general is declining preventive care, and even going to the doctor when they have relatively minor complaints. Now an article published in JAMA Network Open reveals that children enrolled in Medicaid may be falling behind on recommended vaccination schedules out of fears that it isn’t safe to visit the pediatrician’s office. It’s likely, then, that children covered by every type of health plan are missing out …

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