Since their initial use in the 1940s, antibiotics have saved millions of lives. Many organizations, including The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization, agree that antibiotic resistance has become an increasing problem over the ensuing decades. CDC estimates that each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections
Urgent care centers provide 80-100 million U.S. outpatient visits per year - the vast majority of whom present with acute, infectious disease-related symptoms, such as cough, sore throat, and fever. Many of these patient expect an antibiotic prescription even when they don't need one. This challenge is amplified by the busy and walk-in nature of urgent care practice, and it is often difficult to help patients understand when antibiotics are appropriate. Thus, UCA recognizes the important role that the urgent care industry has in antibiotic stewardship.
UCA, the Urgent Care Foundation (UCF) and the College of Urgent Care Medicine (CUCM) are committed to doing our part to support and lead the urgent care industry forward in improving its antibiotic prescribing practices to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use and preserve the utility of these life-saving drugs.
JOIN US - and the organizations/individuals listed below - by signing the Antibiotic Stewardship (ABS) Commitment. Any healthcare organizations, individuals working in healthcare, or members of the general public who want to officially state their commitment to ABS can sign!
Many challenges lie ahead in the fight against antibiotic resistance. It is our ambition to make the urgent care industry a leader in outpatient antibiotic stewardship and in the fight against antibiotic resistance. By working together, we will maximize our chance for success.
Sign the Antibiotic Stewardship CommitmentAdditional Antibiotic Stewardship Resources
Clinicians, operations executives, and all speakers / attendees / exhibitors were welcome to sign the official Commitment to Antibiotic Stewardship pledge at the 2019 Urgent Care Convention & Expo in West Palm Beach. Pictured in the image are Dr. Frank Illuzzi, CMO of CityMD, and Dr. J.D. Zipkin, Chair, Quality Committee, Northwell Health GoHealth Urgent Care, commemorating their official signing of the commitment pledge.
Visit the Urgent Care Foundation Facebook page to view more images and to learn more about the Foundation's efforts towards antibiotic stewardship.
This list represents over 475 urgent care centers nationwide!
American Family CareCityMD
ConvenientMDEast County Urgent CareFast Track Urgent Care
GoHealth Urgent CareImperativecare, Inc.Integrity Urgent Care
Kaweah Delta Urgent CareMulticareMy Medical Device Diagnostics Company
Parkview FirstCarePiedmonth Urgent Care by WellstreetPremier HealthReliant Immediate CareSt. Joseph Hospital, Milford Medical Center Urgent Care TeamHealth Ambulatory CareUrgent Care of NJUrgent Care Work CareYubadocs Urgent Care
Piyal Alam, DOKhalid Aziz, MD John Mark Baker, MDShane Brooks, DOJoseph Chow, MD, MBA
Tracey Q. Davidoff, MD, FACP, FCUCMKatharyn Dispenza, APRN, PCPNP-BCNicole Frommann, MD
Robin Henson, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, FCUCMRoger Hicks, MDSteven Hull, RTHeather Hutchison, FNP, NP-C
Frank Illuzzi, MDSherri Klemow, MDDebra Margolis, DOJames S. Martin, MD
Parul V. Martin, MDSean McNeeley, MDMark Meredith, MD, FACEP, CPE Amra Nasir, MDTrevor Nichols, PA-C
Patrick O'Malley, MDJennifer Mazza, ARNP-FNP-CAndrew McMurray, MPH, PA-cMark Petrovani Jo Anne Pine, MDUmanga Poudel Lou Romig, MD, FAAP, FACEPHeather Roth, PAJennifer Rowlinson, PA-CMark Pundt, MDStanley Siefer, MDTammy Soles, MSN, RN, CNLJoseph D. Toscano, MDTreka Wenner, PA-CMegan WilhelmClaudia Martin Williams, PACKara Witsiepe, PA-CCourtney Zentz, CMAJ.D. Zipkin, MD
Ashley Blachford - Illinois Jessica Kilduff - North Carolina
Melissa Pursley - Kentucky
Natasha Samuels - North Carolina
Frank Serrao - Ohio
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