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Use of a Quality Improvement Tool for the Evaluation of Healthcare Disparities in Urgent Care: A Case Example for Bacterial Pneumonia

Urgent message: While healthcare disparities have been studied in several healthcare settings, it is unclear whether they persist in urgent care. This study may serve as a quality improvement tool to assess whether these disparities persist in an urgent care clinic. Derrick Murcia and Lindsey Fish, MD Citation: Murcia D, Fish L. Evaluation of healthcare disparities in urgent care: a case example for bacterial pneumonia. J Urgent Care Med. 2022;16(4):23-27. Epub ahead of print September 14, 2021. ABSTRACT Background Bacterial pneumonia is an illness commonly seen across urgent care clinics …
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COVID-19 Testing Pattern in a Suburban Pediatric Urgent Care Center

Urgent message: Though not considered as at “at risk” for severe disease with COVID-19, children have suffered significant disruptions to educational and personal activities throughout the pandemic. Recognizing urgent care’s role in testing for the virus could show benefit for families and urgent care centers alike. Rita P. Nunag, MD; Francesca M. Darquea, MD; Claire Loiselle; and Magdy W. Attia, MD Citation: Nunag RP, Darquea FM, Loiselle C, Attia MW. COVID-19 testing pattern in a suburban pediatric urgent care center. J Urgent Care Med. 2021;16(3):39-43. ABSTRACT Background and Objectives The …
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Urine Culture importance for UTIs in Urgent Care

Investigation and Assessment of Urine Culture Importance in the Evaluation of Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections in an Urgent Care Setting

Dianne Treacy Lore DNP, FNP-BC, CPNP-PC and Marlena Seibert Primeau DNP, FNP-BC, NHDP-BC, BSHEC Citation: Lore DT, Primeau MS. Investigation and assessment of urine culture importance in the evaluation of uncomplicated urinary tract infections in an urgent care setting. J Urgent Care Med. 2021;16(2):37-41. ABSTRACT Purpose Urinary tract infections negatively affect over 150 million individuals globally each year. Traditional management encompasses evaluating a urine culture and sensitivity (C&S). Although the guidelines set forth by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the European Association of Urology recommend against …
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Assessing the Rate at which Pacemaker and Defibrillator Patients Present to the Emergency Room with their Manufacturer ID Card: A Cross Sectional Study

Urgent message: Care can be delayed if an urgent care or emergency clinician attempts to interrogate the CIED of a patient who does not know their device manufacturer and does not carry their ID card. This scenario illustrates the importance of patient education in care centers, such as the emergency department and urgent care. Tinh M. Le; James F. Neuenschwander, MD, FACEP; Mary Jones, DNP; Ankur Parekh; Hana Le; Kaitlyn Cedoz; and Clark Daugherty ABSTRACT Background​ Pacemakers and implanted cardioverter-defibrillators (also known as cardiac implanted electronic devices, or CIEDs) provide …
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Discrepancy Rates in Radiograph Interpretations between Pediatric Urgent Care Providers and Radiologists

Urgent message: Many pediatric urgent care centers lack 24/7 pediatric radiologist coverage and rely on the urgent care provider for initial interpretation and subsequent clinical management. If misdiagnosed, this could represent a potential patient safety concern. Allison Wood, DO; Anne McEvoy, MD; Paul Mullan, MD, MPH; Lauren Paluch, MPA, PA-C; Brynn Sheehan, PhD; Jiangtao Luo, PhD; Turaj Vazifedan, DHSc; Theresa Guins, MD; Jeffrey Bobrowitz, MD; and Joel Clingenpeel, MD Citation: Wood A, McEvoy A, Mullan P, Paluch L, Sheehan B, Luo J, Vazifedan T, Guins T, Bobrowitz J, Clingenpeel J …
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