UC Access October 11, 2012
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Meningitis Outbreak

National Meningitis Outbreak
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are currently coordinating a multistate investigation of fungal meningitis among patients who received an epidural steroid injection with a potentially contaminated product. While it's unlikely that urgent care centers have administered this injection, it's important that we all keep an eye on the outbreak and be on alert for symptomatic patients. Presenting symptoms have been mild and not classic for meningitis (e.g., new or worsening headache without fever or neck stiffness) which could lead the patient to visit an urgent care center for assistance.

For clinician guidance on the fungal meningitis outbreak, visit the CDC website.

Industry Awareness Campaign

Email Signature Graphic
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Looking for a simple, yet effective way to participate in the national urgent care awareness campaign? We just added an email signature graphic to the FREE materials! Click here to download the graphic, and for easy instructions on how to add it to your emails (if you don't know how to do that already).

Be sure to check out the other templates and tools on www.ucaoa.org/rhyme ... they're available to anyone who's interested in spreading the word about urgent care!

Practice Management

Considerations for Urgent Care Holiday Hours
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In the October article, Alan Ayers, UCAOA's Practice Management Content Advisor, provides urgent care operators the information they need to make informed decisions when planning their holiday hours, especially as they look to the coming holiday season and start their strategic planning for next year. Click here for the article!


Now Online in JUCM
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A new urgent care Images Challenge case is now available only on the JUCM website. Review the case of a 6-year-old boy who presented after falling on his outstretched right hand and view the image taken. Consider what your diagnosis would be, then check the case resolution to see if you were right. Click here to take the JUCM Images Challenge.

The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine supports the evolution of urgent care medicine by creating content that addresses the clinical practice of urgent care medicine and the practice management challenges of keeping pace with an ever-changing healthcare marketplace. Are you an urgent care provider who would like to write for our journal? Send an email to editor@jucm.com for information on our author guidelines.

Industry News

New style of healthcare emerges to fill hospital's void
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The demise of St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village has led to a struggle for healthcare supremacy in some of New York's most distinctive neighborhoods, offering a glimpse, in the process, at what might be the future of urban medicine. Several walk-in urgent care centers have also rushed into the vacuum left by St. Vincent's in Lower Manhattan, hoping to show that they are more efficient and consumer-friendly than a hospital-based system, but some have already begun to form relationships with the hospitals. More

Meningitis outbreak: 13,000 got suspect steroid shots
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As many as 13,000 people received steroid shots suspected in a national meningitis outbreak, health officials said. But it's not clear how many are in danger. Officials don't how many of the shots may have been contaminated with meningitis-causing fungus. And the figure includes not only those who got them in the back for pain but also those who got the shots in other places, like knees and shoulders. More

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