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Urgent Care?

BMW19

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    What does Urgent Care entail and what type of setting would you find this in, if not an ED? A lot of people talk about "Urgent Care" as if it is a specialty. Any thoughts? Is this a sub-spec.?

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      a lot of it is same day primary care in addition to minor ortho/surgical complaints. no special board is needed to work at most urgent cares, just a valid medical license as an md/do/pa/np. a lot of fp docs do this as well as burnt out em docs and surgeons.there are always some surprises though because a lot of folks don't know the difference between an er and an urgent care so lots of mi's, major fxs, major postop probs, major resp probs, ob emergencies etc walk in the door.
      I have intubated pts and worked up(and transfered to a higher level of care) more mi's, cva's, and surgical emergencies than I can count back when I worked in this setting.also lots of inappropriate drive up trauma too like the guy I saw from a bar fight with a screwdriver to the hilt in his neck......
       

      BMW19

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        Thanks for the reply. So I guess if you didn't quite want to go into EM, but still wanted to see some minor emergencies this would be a good setting.

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        emedpa said:
        a lot of it is same day primary care in addition to minor ortho/surgical complaints. no special board is needed to work at most urgent cares, just a valid medical license as an md/do/pa/np. a lot of fp docs do this as well as burnt out em docs and surgeons.there are always some surprises though because a lot of folks don't know the difference between an er and an urgent care so lots of mi's, major fxs, major postop probs, major resp probs, ob emergencies etc walk in the door.
        I have intubated pts and worked up(and transfered to a higher level of care) more mi's, cva's, and surgical emergencies than I can count back when I worked in this setting.also lots of inappropriate drive up trauma too like the guy I saw from a bar fight with a screwdriver to the hilt in his neck......
         
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