A Comparison of Chief Complaints, Specific Diagnoses, and Demographics of Pediatric Urgent Care Visits Before and During the COVID- 19 Pandemic: A Retrospective Study

A Comparison of Chief Complaints, Specific Diagnoses, and Demographics of Pediatric Urgent Care Visits Before and During the COVID- 19 Pandemic: A Retrospective Study

Zaharoula A. Viennas, MD; Julie Martin, MAEd, MMS, PA-C; Benjamin Klick, MD; Tammy Speerhas, DNP, FNP-C, RN, CEN, CME; Turaj Vazifedan, DHSc; Danielle Millspaugh, DNP, FNP-C; Jennifer Ferris, MD; Margret Bedle, MD; Lauren Paluch, DMSc, PA-C; and Theresa Guins, MD Urgent message: Research has shown distinct differences in patterns of children presenting to emergency rooms during COVID-related lockdowns. However, data specific to urgent care have been lacking previously. Citation: Viennas ZA, Martin J, Klick B, …

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Abstracts in Urgent Care – December 2022

Abstracts in Urgent Care – December 2022

Ivan Koay MBChB, MRCS, FRNZCUC, MD Applying the Ottawa Ankle Rule to Pediatric Patients Take-home point: Application of the Ottawa Ankle Rule (OAR) limits unnecessary imaging in children without missing clinically relevant fractures. Citation: de Almeida S, Rios J, Lima S, et al.   Applying the Ottawa Ankle Rule in a pediatric emergency department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2022;38(3):e1123-e1126. Relevance: Ankles fractures in children are common.Use of the OAR, a simple clinical decision rule, by UC providers …

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Abstracts in Urgent Care – January 2022

Pediatric Burns and Cool, Clear Water Limit Screen Time After Concussion? Gastroenteritis in Children Diagnosing Giant Cell Arteritis POCUS and Ectopic Pregnancy Detecting C diff Vaccinating Adolescents Against COVID-19 Ivan Koay MBChB, FRNZCUC, MD First Aid for Pediatric Burn Patients Take-home point: Many children with burns receive inadequate cooling after burns when presenting for emergency care. Citation: Frear C, Griffin B and Kimble R. Adequacy of cool running water first aid by healthcare professionals in …

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Abstracts in Urgent Care – December 2021

Abstracts in Urgent Care – December 2021

The Importance (or Not) of High BP Readings Learning While Driving—Does It Work? Considering Sucralfate in Pediatric Oral Ulcers Osteopathic Manipulation for Low Back Pain Safety of Oral Corticosteroid Bursts in Children Nathan M Finnerty, MD FACEP and Brett C Ebeling, MD Do High Blood Pressure Readings Matter? Take-home Point: Elevated blood pressure readings in the emergency room were not associated with an increased risk of poor cardiovascular outcomes in 2 years.  Citation: McAlister F, …

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Approach to Syncope in Children and Adolescents

Approach to Syncope in Children and Adolescents

Urgent message: Syncope in pediatric patients may be attributed to a wide variety of sources. As such, it is essential to keep a broad differential and to eliminate potentially life-threatening etiologies. Nehal Bhandari, MD, FAAP and Abbas Zaidi, MD, FAAP CASE PRESENTATION A 12-year-old previously healthy female presents to urgent care with several episodes of “blacking out” over the past 4 days. Each episode has occurred when she stands up from a sitting or supine …

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Abstracts in Urgent Care – September 2021

Abstracts in Urgent Care – September 2021

Cooling Pain from Digital Nerve Blocks Safety of Corticosteroids in Children Predicting the Course of Pediatric CAP Is Tranexamic Acid Helpful for Epistaxis? Drug Therapy for Sciatica Imaging May Not Correlate with Lumbar Pain COVID-19 Vaccination in Lactating Patients Applying Ice Reduces Pain from Digital Nerve Blocks Take-home point: Use of an ice pack applied prior to the administration of a digital nerve block reduces pain from local anesthetic injection Citation: Rasooli F, Sotoodehnia M, …

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Case of a Nonhealing ‘Sunburn’ on a Toddler

Case of a Nonhealing ‘Sunburn’ on a Toddler

Urgent message: Rashes are a common ailment, and their etiology can have overlapping appearances. In a case where rash does not improve with treatment, it is often necessary to reconsider the differential. Sergio Ramoa MD, MS INTRODUCTION It is common for providers to have difficulty diagnosing patients who present with rash due to the diverse appearances, as well as overlapping similarities, of different etiologies. Due to the extensive nature of rashes, this article will focus …

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Abstracts in Urgent Care – July/August 2021

Faster Diagnosis of STIs Reduce ED Referrals for SVT Kids’ Dental Pain and Quality of Life Ultrasound-Guided Blocks and Renal Pain EI as a Leadership Attribute in Physicians Avijit Barai, MBBS, FACEM, FRNZCUC, MRCS, MSc (Critical Care), PgCertCPU Rapid Testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections Take-home point: A point-of-care (POC) test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea proved useful for rapid diagnosis of STI in both men and women. Citation: Van Der Pol B, Taylor SN, Mena L, et …

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Heavy Menstrual Bleeding: Important Considerations for Adolescent Patients in the Urgent Care Setting

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding: Important Considerations for Adolescent Patients in the Urgent Care Setting

Urgent message: Anovulatory cycles are the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) in adolescent patients. Just as with adult patients in the urgent care setting, it is most important to identify unstable patients and those with life-threatening causes for HMB. Shikha Nigam, MD, MPH and Amy Pattishall, MD Case Presentation A 14-year-old female presents with 6 weeks of menstrual bleeding. Her cycles are irregular but she generally has 4 to 6 weeks of …

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Febrile Seizure: An Urgent Care Overview

Febrile Seizure: An Urgent Care Overview

Urgent message: While alarming to parents, febrile seizures in children typically are benign and self-limited. However, the possibility of a life-threatening etiology mandates that the urgent care provider determine the type of seizure and employ appropriate assessments based on factors specific to each case.  Tiffany Addington, MD CASE A previously healthy 3-year-old boy presented to urgent care after having a seizure at home. He had a fever that morning and was given ibuprofen. His mother …

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