Stopping the Rise of Antibiotic Resistance: An Urgent Care Imperative

Stopping the Rise of Antibiotic Resistance: An Urgent Care Imperative

Urgent message: Antibiotic resistance is a worldwide problem with a local solution—one that starts in your urgent care center. Focusing on responsible prescribing, in combination with staff and patient education, will start to curb overprescribing. Every appropriate prescription you write and every inappropriate prescription you opt not to write is a step in the right direction. By 1980, scientists believed that roughly 3%-5% of Streptococcus pneumoniae were penicillin-resistant and by the turn of the century, …

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UCA Partners Up in Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

UCA Partners Up in Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

The Urgent Care Association (UCA) is partnering with George Washington University’s Antibiotic Resistance Action Center on an initiative to put the brakes on runaway antibiotic resistance. The goal of the 3-year plan is to develop and implement evidence-based practices aimed at preserving the effectiveness of the antibiotics we have available today, namely by promoting responsible use of antibiotics. The fact that urgent care centers see some 160 million patients annually make it the perfect setting …

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Treating Common Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in an Era of Increasing Antibiotic Resistance

Treating Common Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in an Era of Increasing Antibiotic Resistance

Urgent message: Thorough evaluation and thoughtful prescribing can help ensure responsible, effective care and patient satisfaction. Joseph Toscano, MD Introduction Upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) are among the most common reasons patients seek assistance in urgent care practice. The common cold, otitis media, acute sinusitis, and acute pharyngitis are well known to patient and provider alike. Acute bronchitis is a lower respiratory tract infection, with features similar to URTIs. These infections are most often self-limited …

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