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Urgent Care Emergencies: Avoiding the Pitfalls and Improving the Outcomes

Deepi G. Goyal (Editor), Amal Mattu (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-65772-0
160 pages
November 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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If you see patients in an urgent care center, minor injury unit or other acute care setting, this new clinically-focused guide will help you avoid high-risk pitfalls and achieve optimal outcomes.

This must-have resource covers a wide range of emergencies that may be encountered in an urgent care setting, focusing on those that can occur with the most commonly-encountered complaints and conditions, including:

• Genitourinary complaints

• Common infections

• Orthopedic injuries

• Wounds

• Back pain

• Dermatologic complaints

The book also includes chapters on common pitfalls during the HEENT examination, effective patient communications, urgent care pharmacology pitfalls, special issues in the care of pediatric and geriatric patients, and more. Each chapter is authored by an experienced acute care clinician and includes clinical pearls that you can apply directly to the care of your own patients.

The urgent care center can be a challenging and fast-paced environment, and pitfalls, especially those encountered during emergencies, can have serious consequences for patients’ immediate well-being, their recovery time, and possibly their long-term prognosis. More than ever, you need a resource you can trust that has been tailored specifically to the needs of providers in the low-acuity setting.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors, vi

Preface, ix

1 HEENT Pitfalls, 1
Alisa M. Gibson and Sarah K. Sommerkamp

2 Management of Genitourinary Complaints, 11
George Willis and Nadia Eltaki

3 Orthopedic Pitfalls of the Upper Extremity, 21
Brooks M. Walsh and Reinier van Tonder

4 Orthopedic Pitfalls of the Lower Extremity, 32
Christopher S. Kiefer

5 Orthopedic Pitfalls: Pediatrics, 41
Jana L. Anderson and James L. Homme

6 Pitfalls of Wound Management, 52
Michael K. Abraham and Hyung T. Kim

7 Emergency Dermatology for the Acute Care Provider, 59
Eric T. Boie and Jennifer A. Lisowe

8 Management of Common Infections, 70
Siamak Moayedi and Mercedes Torres

9 Headache, 79
Michael J. Laughlin Jr. and David M. Nestler

10 The Evaluation and Management of Back Pain, 87
Michael C. Bond

11 Pediatric Pitfalls, 97
Jana L. Anderson and James L. Homme

12 Geriatric Pitfalls, 109
Joseph P. Martinez

13 Pharmacology Pitfalls and Pearls in Urgent Care Medicine, 119
Christopher E. Anderson and Ronna L. Campbell

14 Talking the Talk: Effective Communication in Urgent Care, 132
Stephen M. Schenkel

Index, 141

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Author Information

Deepi G. Goyal MD, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mayo Clinic, College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, USA

Amal Mattu MD, FAAEM, FACEP, Professor and Vice Chair; Director, Faculty Development Fellowship, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

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