Urgent Care Evaluation and Management of Boxer’s Fractures

Urgent Care Evaluation and Management of Boxer’s Fractures

Urgent Message: Boxer’s fractures are among the most common hand fractures and should be suspected in cases of closed fist injury. Additionally, a laceration that accompanies a boxer’s fracture may represent a fight bite, which should be treated to reduce the risk of infection. Jennifer Hicks, DO; Bradley Strauch, MD Citation: Hicks J, Strauch WB. Urgent Care Evaluation and Management of Boxer’s Fractures. J Urgent Care Med. 2024; 18(8):32-36 Editor’s Note: While the images presented …

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Charting with Purpose: Precision Strategies for Accurate Coding and Malpractice Defense

Charting with Purpose: Precision Strategies for Accurate Coding and Malpractice Defense

Jeff Willis, MD Urgent Message: A well-told story explaining your thought process during a patient encounter will contain all the elements required for accurate coding. Attorneys are less likely to question care when a logical and complete story is clearly documented. Citation: Willis J. Charting with Purpose: Precision Strategies for Accurate Coding and Malpractice Defense. J Urgent Care Med. 2024; 18(4) 13-16. As a medical legal consultant, I have learned medical malpractice claims are an …

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Tympanic Membrane Conditions Beyond Otitis Media in Urgent Care Practice

Tympanic Membrane Conditions Beyond Otitis Media in Urgent Care Practice

Urgent Message: Better understanding of tympanic membrane/middle ear conditions can inform more accurate diagnoses at the point of care. Citation: LaCour J. Tympanic Membrane Conditions Beyond Otitis Media in Urgent Care Practice. J Urgent Care Med. 2023;18(3):15-19 Author Affiliation: Jeff LaCour, MD, Compassio Medical Education.  Video: Watch a video featuring Jeff LaCour, MD, that further explains tympanic membrane conditions with supplemental images. WATCH VIDEO Urgent care providers are often tasked to determine the source of …

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Systemic Steroid Stewardship in Urgent Care: Recognizing Indication Creep to Limit Avoidable Harms

Systemic Steroid Stewardship in Urgent Care: Recognizing Indication Creep to Limit Avoidable Harms

Urgent Message: Steroid overprescribing is a universal urgent care issue. While systemic steroids have several indications in which the preponderance of evidence supports their use in the urgent care setting, indication creep has led to their use outside of these scenarios resulting in significant risk for avoidable and unjustifiable adverse reactions. Citation: Hansen P. Systemic Steroid Stewardship in Urgent Care: Recognizing Indication Creep to Limit Avoidable Harms. J Urgent Care Med. 2023;18(3);29-32 Author Affiliation: Paul …

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Differentiating Acute Conjunctivitis Presentations in Children

Differentiating Acute Conjunctivitis Presentations in Children

Urgent message: Make the distinction between viral and bacterial conjunctivitis to ensure children receive appropriate treatment and to avoid the negative consequences of antibiotic overuse. Julian P. Ponsetto MD, Momoko K. Ponsetto MD Download the article PDF Here Citation: Ponsetto JP, Ponsetto MK. Differentiating acute conjunctivitis presentations in children. J Urgent Care Med. 2023;17(11):15-20. Infectious conjunctivitis or “pink eye” is common in the pediatric population, accounting for 2.7% of diagnoses in pediatric urgent care.1 However, …

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HbA1c as Screening/Diagnoses for Early or Asymptomatic Diabetes in the Urgent Care Facility

HbA1c as Screening/Diagnoses for Early or Asymptomatic Diabetes in the Urgent Care Facility

Urgent message: The use of all-inclusive kits with compact, table-top analyzers provides a rapid quantification of HbA1c levels in patients. The use of these tests for in-house screening has the potential to increase the diagnoses of early or asymptomatic diabetes in young adults and under-served or overlooked populations. Jay H. Shubrook, DO; Jane M. Caldwell, PhD; and Lindsey E. Fish, MD Citation: Shubrook JH, Caldwell JM, Fish LE. HbA1c as screening/diagnosis for early or asymptomatic …

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A Novel Pediatric Resuscitation Course Designed for the Urgent Care Setting

A Novel Pediatric Resuscitation Course Designed for the Urgent Care Setting

Urgent message: Urgent care centers play a vital role as a gateway into the health system for many children with acute care needs. Some of these needs require identification by the urgent care team, who may then need to stabilize the patient and initiate transfer to optimize clinical outcomes. Nikhil B. Shah, MD INTRODUCTION Pediatric office emergencies can be challenging for urgent care staff to manage. These high-stakes events do not occur frequently enough to …

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Six Tips to Bulletproof Your Chart: Lessons from the Exam Room and the Court Room

Six Tips to Bulletproof Your Chart: Lessons from the Exam Room and the Court Room

Click Here to download the article PDF Urgent message: In the event that you are taken to court over care that is alleged to have been insufficient, negligent, or otherwise poor, your own documentation at the time care is provided can be your saving grace or your undoing. William Sullivan, DO, JD INTRODUCTION Providing proper medical care in urgent care centers is only half of the battle. As the medical record grows in prominence in …

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Back Pain, an Urgent Care Visit—and a Devastating Outcome

Back Pain, an Urgent Care Visit—and a Devastating Outcome

Click Here to download the PDF Urgent message: By the time an adverse outcome occurs in the urgent care center, it’s too late to go back and ensure the documentation reflects the care the patient received. Lyndsie Pfeifer, DO; Marta Fratczak, Kinkela Harkins, and Michael Weinstock, MD Citation: Pfeifer L, Fratczak M, Harkins K, Weinstock M. Back pain, an urgent care visit—and a devastating outcome. J Urgent Care Med. 2023;17(8):13-17. Key words: back pain, documentation …

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How Useful Is Ultrasound in Abnormal Uterine Bleeding?

How Useful Is Ultrasound in Abnormal Uterine Bleeding?

Urgent message: Ultrasound can provide essential data in the evaluation and urgent care of abnormal uterine bleeding, by facilitating a rapid diagnosis and immediate and appropriate decisions regarding management. Andrew Alaya, MD, MSc Citation: Alaya A. How useful is ultrasound in abnormal uterine bleeding? J Urgent Care Med. 2023;17(7):13-18. Key words: abnormal uterine bleeding, AUB polyp, adenomyosis, leiomyoma, uterine malignancy ABSTRACT Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) is one of the most common gynecological conditions presenting at …

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