Urgent Care Provider Awareness of the Canadian Computed Tomography Head Rule: A Descriptive Cross-Sectional Survey Study

Urgent message: As visits to urgent care after possible traumatic brain injury continue to rise, so does the importance of understanding which patients require a CT scan. Assessing the value of the Canadian Computed Tomography Head Rule in making that determination can raise the urgent care provider’s ability to make informed decisions in this regard, reducing the risk of unnecessary radiation exposure in patients who are determined to not need a CT. Jessicah Ray, DHSc, MS, PA-C and Jeffrey L. Alexander, PhD, FAACVPR, ACSM-CEP Abstract Background Despite years of training …
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Necessity (or Not) for Patient Transfer from Urgent Care to the ED Following Traumatic Brain Injury

Urgent message: With patients who have sustained head injuries related to both sports- and non–sports-related activities presenting to urgent care more than ever before, it’s essential for the provider to have a nuanced understanding of which patients truly require transfer or referral to a high-acuity level of care, and which can be managed successfully and safely in the urgent care setting. Anthony P. Doran, PsyD; Robert G. Graw, Jr., MD; Marc Weber, MD; Stanford Coleman, MD; Kevin Crutchfield, MD; and Daniel Pokrifka, ATC ABSTRACT Background Urgent care, family practice, and …
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Antibiotic Stewardship and Sinusitis: A Quality Improvement Project

Urgent message: Acute sinusitis poses frequent challenges in urgent care where patient volumes are high and patient satisfaction is valued. An educational session and an algorithmic clinical decision-support tool were implemented in a multisite urgent care quality improvement project which resulted in a statistically significant reduction in antibiotic prescribing for acute sinusitis. ABSTRACT Background Sinusitis is a common upper respiratory condition seen in urgent care centers, as it is in primary care practices and, increasingly of late, telemedicine. Despite a strong body of evidence to support the use of practice …
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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. After first being identified in China in December 2019, this disease has erupted into a …
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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 funding was received for this project. INTRODUCTION Preparedness standards for pediatric emergencies have been established …
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