Antibiotic Awareness Week for UC Providers

Antibiotic Awareness Week for UC Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is raising awareness about the importance of improving antibiotic and antifungal use during US Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 18-24. Through communication strategies, CDC is reinforcing messages to patients and providers to remind them that anytime antibiotics or antifungals are used, they can cause side effects and contribute to antimicrobial resistance. Additionally, the agency is recognizing that health inequities can result from less-than-optimal antibiotic or antifungal prescribing practices, which …

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Improving Adherence to Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Otitis Media in Pediatric Patients

Improving Adherence to Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Otitis Media in Pediatric Patients

Urgent message: The treatment of acute otitis media is a common problem throughout healthcare. Many national provider organizations have emphasized the significance of proper diagnosis and treatment is essential for a full, uncomplicated recovery. Jessica M. Crandall, DNP, ARNP-FNP-BC and Misty Schwartz, PhD, RN Citation: Crandall JM, Schwartz M. Improving adherence to clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of acute otitis media in pediatric patients. J Urgent Care Med. 2023;17(11):25-34. Click Here to download the …

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There’s No Casual Approach to Improving Antibiotic Stewardship—but When You Make the Effort, It Works

There’s No Casual Approach to Improving Antibiotic Stewardship—but When You Make the Effort, It Works

Improving antibiotic stewardship was an industry-wide mandate even before a 2018 study indicated that urgent care appeared to be more likely than other settings to overprescribe for common infections. While the methodologies could be questioned, especially in their take on the nature of urgent care visits, the point was well taken. Since then, urgent care as a whole has sought to improve providers’ prescribing habits more aggressively than ever. The initial awareness campaigns did a …

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Urgent Care Is Correcting Course on Antibiotic Prescribing

Just 4 years ago, a Research Letter published by JAMA Internal Medicine painted an unflattering picture of the antibiotic prescribing habits in U.S. physician offices, urgent care centers, retail clinics, and emergency rooms.1 Urgent care took its lumps along with other settings—but in response, collectively, also took the issue seriously and set to work on correcting course. In introducing their Antibiotic Stewardship program, The Urgent Care Association and the College of Urgent Care Medicine noted …

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Antibiotic Prescribing Patterns for Sinusitis in an Urgent Care and Convenience Care Setting: A Quality Improvement Project

Antibiotic Prescribing Patterns for Sinusitis in an Urgent Care and Convenience Care Setting: A Quality Improvement Project

Urgent Message: Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in the outpatient setting has been a longstanding public health challenge. An educational session implemented in a large Midwestern healthcare system group of urgent care and convenience care clinics resulted in a statistically significant reduction in antibiotic prescribing for acute sinusitis and a statistically significant increase in antibiotic guideline adherence. Dr. Amy K. Rasmussen, DNP, FNP-C ABSTRACT Background: Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in the outpatient setting is a longstanding problem and …

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<a></a><a><strong>Abstracts in Urgent Care November 2022</strong></a>

Abstracts in Urgent Care November 2022

Fever: To Treat or Not to Treat? Distinguishing Viral from Bacterial Conjunctivitis Scapular Fractures and Blunt Chest Trauma in Children Sterile vs Nonsterile Gloves for Laceration Repair Bronchiolitis Care: An Update Antibiotic Stewardship and Children Post Paxlovid Rebound Ivan Koay MBChB, FRNZCUC, MD What Are the Consequences of Treating Adult Fever? Take-home point: Fever therapy in adults does not seem to affect the risk of death and serious adverse events. Citation: Holgersson J, Ceric A, …

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Abstracts in Urgent Care November 2021

Abstracts in Urgent Care November 2021

POCUS in Ocular Presentations Experiencing—and Handling—Patient Biases Self-Swabbing for STIs CAM Boots for Toddler’s Fracture? Treating Children with Bronchiolitis Azithromycin in COVID-19 Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Eye Examination Take-home point: Ocular ultrasound (OUS) can be a quick, safe, and effective way to assess eye complaints and complements the clinical exam. Citation: Manton J, Henry C. Benefits to utilising ultrasound in examining the eye. Emerg Med Australas. 2021;33:745–747. Relevance: As availability of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) becomes more …

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UCA Commits to Antibiotic Stewardship

UCA Commits to Antibiotic Stewardship

The Urgent Care Association (UCA) has outlined a framework by which it plans to guide urgent care centers to reduce inappropriate outpatient antibiotic, with an ultimate goal to curb the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. UCA’s statement notes that with urgent care clinicians treating some 160 million patients annually—many of whom think they may need an antibiotic—this setting is in a strong position to effect positive change. “UCA recognizes the vitally important role our clinicians …

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