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; Sameer Desale, MS; and Moira Larsen, MD, MBA Introduction The Abbott ID NOW Point of …
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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

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 in urgent care. The secondary outcome was to determine if there is a decrease in …
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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

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 patients’ age and/or gender influenced the likelihood of CXR abnormalities. Secondarily, we aim to describe …
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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 often due to inpatient bed availability (patient boarding), increased patient complexity requiring longer stays in …
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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

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 specific imaging characteristics and the frequency of each abnormal findings on plain film radiography (CXR) …
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