When It’s More Than Just A Cough

Urgent message: Take vital signs and physical examination of the chest with the utmost importance when evaluating a patient with a cough. The common complaint of “cough” in the urgent care setting can be a symptom of a life-threatening pathology. Frank Schaller, DNP, APRN, FNP-C and Lauren Dunn, MSN, APRN, FNP-C INTRODUCTION Cough is a common complaint across healthcare settings including the emergency department (ED), urgent care, and primary care arenas—especially during influenza season.1 Cough is also reported in 50% of patients who test positive for COVID-19 in the U.S.2 …
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Employer COVID-19 Testing Needs are Not Fully Met; Rapid Testing is an Unprecedented Opportunity for Urgent Care

Urgent message: The critical role of rapid COVID-19 testing in keeping Americans working presents a unique, time-limited opportunity for urgent care centers to develop relationships with local employers. Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc is Chief Executive Officer of Velocity Urgent Care Online news magazine Vox recently reported data from the Urgent Care Association that urgent care centers were performing 725,000 tests per week as of late October, which amounted to 10% of the nation’s total testing at that time.1 While the precise number of urgent care centers offering rapid testing …
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The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Making Burnout Worse for Physicians Already in Crisis

Urgent message: For several years, JUCM has reported on the national crisis of “provider burnout.” New data related to the COVID-19 pandemic indicate a need to revisit the topic. Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc is Chief Executive Officer of Velocity Urgent Care and is Practice Management Editor of The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine. No part of the world has been left untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, many urgent care centers are in crisis mode as new—and continually evolving—challenges put a great deal of strain on both businesses and …
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The Role of Aseptic Technique During Repair of Traumatic Lacerations in the Urgent Care Center

Urgent message: The goal for urgent care clinicians tasked with treating patients presenting with traumatic lacerations is rapid and cosmetic resolution of the injury. Using aseptic technique while repairing traumatic lacerations will minimize the risks of infections. INTRODUCTION Myriad advances in wound repair have emerged since the pioneer of antiseptic medicine, British surgeon Joseph Lister, transformed the field of surgery by incorporating his research in bacteriology and wound infections to improve patient outcomes. Today large variations and controversies in wound care treatment exist.1While manyurgent care centers utilize sterile, single-use laceration …
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Best Practices for LGBTQ-Friendly Care in Urgent Care

Urgent message: LGBTQ individuals are subject to implicit and explicit biases in our society, ranging from antagonistic legislation and microaggressions to overt harassment. This can inhibit willingness to seek medical care—and, subsequently, lead to worse health outcomes. Understanding how word choice and other subtle cues communicate competency in working with LGBTQ patients can help us engender trust. Benjamin Silverberg, MD, MSc, FAAFP, FCUCM  INTRODUCTION The goals for treating LGBTQ patients (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning individuals) are the same as for anyone else: to facilitate physical health …
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