Impact of a Pharmacist-Provided Comprehensive Medication Review Service for Urgent Care Patients

Impact of a Pharmacist-Provided Comprehensive Medication Review Service for Urgent Care Patients

Urgent message: Urgent care centers are encouraged to meet best practices for communication during transitions of care. Partnering with pharmacists may optimize medication therapy for patients, helping fulfill these best practices. JENNIFER A. FLAVIN, PharmD, CHRISTOPHER G. GREEN, PharmD, STEPHANIE C. COOK, DO, and STUART J. BEATTY, PharmD, BCACP Objective: This study aimed to (1) evaluate the impact of a pharmacist-provided comprehensive medication review (CMR) service on medication therapy appropriateness, safety, efficacy, and adherence for …

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Early Flu Deaths May Stoke Vaccinations

Early Flu Deaths May Stoke Vaccinations

As reports of deaths due to seasonal flu start to trickle in—eg, Iowa and California just announced their first flu-related fatalities of the season—patients on the fence about getting vaccinated may be moved to head to the urgent care center for a shot. Not coincidentally, some clinics are already expanding their hours to meet what is expected to be increased demand. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention views the flu “season” as lasting from …

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An Urgent Care Approach to Burns

An Urgent Care Approach to Burns

Urgent message: Burn injuries present with varying degrees of involvement and severity. It is vital that providers in an urgent care facility understand burn classification, treatments, and, most important, which burn patients can be treated in an outpatient setting and which patients require a higher level of care. DREW LONG, BS, BRIT LONG, MD, and ALEX KOYFMAN, MD Introduction Burn injuries are often devastating and are a leading cause of accidental injury and trauma in …

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Managing Hypertensive Emergencies in the Urgent Care Setting

Managing Hypertensive Emergencies in the Urgent Care Setting

Urgent message: Health-care practitioners frequently see patients in urgent care centers who have elevated blood pressure. It is vital that they be able to identify hypertensive emergencies to immediately start lowering such patients’ blood pressure and then transfer them to an emergency department, to avoid hypertensive damage to the brain, heart, and kidneys. JON JUHASZ, MD Introduction Elevated blood pressure (BP) is very common in the urgent care setting, oftentimes from pain or from chronic …

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Fever Phobia: Urgent Fears in Urgent Care

Fever Phobia: Urgent Fears in Urgent Care

Urgent message: Fear of fever leads many parents to seek urgent care. Addressing their fears should be part of the care of febrile children. DEENA R. ZIMMERMAN, MD, MPH, IBCLC; NAHUM KOVALSKI, MD; BARUCH HAIN, BA; and JOSHUA LIPSITZ, PHD In several studies, researchers have found that a large percentage of parents have fever phobia, or inaccurate beliefs about the harmfulness of an elevated body temperature. Those studies were conducted in primary-care settings, so we …

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Delayed Prescribing of Antibiotics for Respiratory Tract Infections

Delayed Prescribing of Antibiotics for Respiratory Tract Infections

Urgent message: Respiratory tract infections are a common complaint in the urgent care setting. Many patients present with the expectation of receiving antibiotics because they have usually done so. The rise of anti biotic-resistant infections requires that we take a close look at our prescribing habits and the need to reeducate patients on the harm of overusing antibiotics. Delayed prescribing offers a way to both satisfy patients and reduce the use of antibiotics in respiratory …

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Urgent Care Management of Animal Bites and Stings

Urgent Care Management of Animal Bites and Stings

Urgent message: Because bite and stings can be sustained in a variety of settings from many different animals and can transmit a wide variety of infectious agents, urgent care providers should have specific knowledge about treating wounds from mammals, nonmammals, and marine animals. ALEXANDER NATHANSON, MD Practitioners at urgent care centers often see patients who have sustained animal bites or stings. In addition to causing structural damage to tissues, bites and stings expose patients to …

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