Abstracts in Urgent Care: December, 2013

Long-term survival following pneumococcal pneumonia Key point: Pneumococcal pneumonia foretold considerably higher  10-year  mortality  than the expected rate. Citation: Sandvall B, Rueda AM, Musher DM. Long-term sur- vival following pneumococcal pneumonia. Clin Infect Dis. 2013;56(8):1145-1146. Before antibiotics, pneumonia was called “the old man’s friend” for carrying the old and infirm to a swift and relatively painless death. Now that short-term survival after pneumonia is the rule, does the disease provide any long-term prognostic information? Veterans …

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The Role of Urgent Care Centers in Regional Acute Coronary Syndrome Care

The Role of Urgent Care Centers in Regional Acute Coronary Syndrome Care

Urgent message: Patients with chest pain/acute coronary syndrome often present in outpatient medical settings—including urgent care centers—not designed to treat life-threatening conditions. Exclusive new data suggest that urgent care centers need to be integrated into pre-hospital cardiovascular care pathways. JASON T. WEINGART, MD, THOMAS P. CARRIGAN, MD, MHSA, LEE RESNICK, MD, DANIEL ELLENBERGER, BS, DANIEL I. SIMON, MD, and RICHARD A. JOSEPHSON, MS, MD Emergency medical services and hospital-based emergency departments (EDs) are typically incorporated …

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Clinical Challenge: April, 2012

In each issue, JUCM will challenge your diagnostic acumen with a glimpse of x-rays, electrocardiograms, and photographs of determining conditions that real urgent care patients have presented with. If you would like to submit a case for consideration, please email the relevant materials and presenting information to [email protected] The patient, a 45-year-old man, presented with vomiting and chest pain. View the image taken (Figure 1) and consider what your diagnosis would be. > Resolution of …

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Spontaneous Pneumothorax

Spontaneous Pneumothorax

Urgent message: In patients with chest pain, check chest films carefully to avoid missing an uncommon diagnosis. Joseph Toscano, MD Introduction The traditional differential diagnosis for chest pain includes spontaneous pneumothorax. Chest x-ray is necessary for confirming the diagnosis, and sometimes the findings can be subtle. As in dealing with any infrequently encountered condition, clinicians should consider the diagnosis and closely examine every chest film they order to avoid missing this uncommon diagnosis. Case Presentation …

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