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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 adjusted national cost burden for the treatment of HTN exceeds $130 billion. Early HTN screening …
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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, DO; and Jeff Riddell, MD Citation: Pallaci M, Beck-Esmay J, Aluisio AR, Weinstock M, Frye …
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Pediatric Visit at Urgent Care, 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 the United States early in 2020, the immediate impact of the pandemic was to trigger …
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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)

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 Not Comfortable Sending Chest Pain Patients Home with a Very Low Risk of 30-Day Major …
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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, MS; Anisha Patel, MS; and Eshetu Tefera, MS Citation: Greenwood S, Delasobera BE, Joy A, …
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