Improving Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Common Clinical Conditions in Urgent Care

Improving Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Common Clinical Conditions in Urgent Care

Urgent message: Increasingly, patients with symptoms of acute infection run to their nearest urgent care center. As such, urgent care clinicians can contribute greatly to national efforts to save lives by stemming the growth of antibiotic resistance through good antibiotic stewardship. Introduction  Despite being a recent healthcare phenomenon, urgent care centers are responsible for a growing percentage of outpatient healthcare, with an estimated 160 million total annual visits at more than 9,300 sites in the …

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Pharyngitis: Diagnosis and Treatment in the Urgent Care Setting

Pharyngitis: Diagnosis and Treatment in the Urgent Care Setting

Urgent message: Sore throat is a complaint commonly encountered in urgent care. Proper evaluation and understanding and use of appropriate antibiotics will foster better patient care and understanding while limiting antibiotic resistance. William Gluckman, DO, MBA, FACEP and Jessica Kay, PharmD Pharyngitis refers to the inflammation or irritation of the pharynx, including the tonsils, and can have many etiologies, including a variety of infections, cancer, allergic reactions, gastroesophageal reflux, or toxic inhalations and ingestions. This …

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