As the type of conditions seen in urgent medical care (UMC) facilities are increasing in both number and medical complexity, health care professionals (HCPs) must stay well-informed of advances in urgent care treatment and current clinical evidence and strive to increase their skills in the application of this knowledge, as accurate clinical decision-making is a cornerstone for timely treatment and is critical to positive outcomes. The engaging content of this podcast series will allow HCPs to expand their knowledge of current treatments for many conditions often seen in UMC facilities and gain new perspectives from interprofessional discussion of evidence-based medicine and highlights of relevant current literature. The conversational format of this podcast series highlights the importance of interprofessional communication and collegiality and additionally covers aspects of HCP wellness and interprofessional work-related issues. Picture quizzes and topical resources and articles are included to provide HCPs with additional information to round out the knowledge provided.

Earn AMA/ANCC/IPCE credit for each activity completed. These activities are designed to meet the educational needs of nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians and PAs that have an interest in learning about diagnosis and treatment options for UMC.

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    ReadyMed Podcast – Urgent Medical Care, Part I
    Earn up to 1.75 credits.
    In this month’s podcast, participants will hear experts discuss key aspects of diagnosis and treatment for such conditions as non-resolving rash, fractures, pain syndrome, Bell’s palsy and Lyme disease, the asplenic condition, and the use of corticosteroids. The importance of appraising the possibility of COVID-19 co-infection while assessing acute presenting conditions will be discussed, as well as the significance of maintaining an open-minded, knowledge-based approach to functional neurological symptom disorders. Conversation will also focus on HCP self-scrutiny regarding implicit bias and racial inequities in clinical practice and provide insight into how utilization of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs can improve practitioners’ wellness through the integration of self-care into their medical practice.

    ReadyMed Podcast – Urgent Medical Care, Part II
    Earn up to 1.5 credits.
    In this month’s podcast, participants will hear experts discuss key aspects of diagnosis and treatment for such conditions as syncope, migraine, acute appendicitis, functional pain syndrome, pediatric concussion, the “pothole sign,” blown pupil, and neurological symptoms. The utilization of appropriate diagnostic imaging for acute pain associated with neck/back conditions and appendicitis will be reviewed. In addition, the experts will offer insight into patient-focused interprofessional communication and the importance of accurate medical note-taking and related medicolegal tips. It will cover HCP wellness issues such as COVID-related HCP burnout and how to assist other HCPs in crisis.

    ReadyMed Podcast – Urgent Medical Care, Part III
    Earn up to 1.25 credits.
    In this month’s podcast, participants will hear experts discuss key aspects of diagnosis and treatment for many conditions HCPs may encounter in the UMC facility, including but not limited to such conditions as eye emergencies, reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome, community-acquired pneumonia, hidradenitis suppurativa and COVID-19. Pediatric topics are highlighted this month, with a challenging pediatric patient case presentation, conversations surrounding updates on the risks of antibiotic exposure during the first years of life, and advice on urine specimen collection in infants and neonates. Procedural topics will include laceration repair, abscess incision and drainage, and assessment for droperidol-administration-associated cardiac effects.

    ReadyMed Podcast – Urgent Medical Care, Part IV
    Earn up to 1.25 credits.
    In this month’s podcast, participants will hear experts discuss key issues such as the thorough evaluation and differential diagnoses of night sweats through assessment for warning signs and symptoms, determining patient candidacy for outpatient treatment of very-low-risk pulmonary embolism, and the success rates of loop drainage versus the standard treatment approach to skin abscesses, particularly in pediatric patients. The experts will have a timely conversation about current views on prescribing opioids judiciously and counseling patients on correct opioid storage as well as the proper disposal of unused prescriptions. In addition, participants will hear the speakers’ experiences and reviews of current literature regarding assessment for acute presentations of illness such as community-acquired pneumonia, simple febrile seizures, distal deep-vein thrombosis, and gonorrhea, as well as the impact of cognitive and affective biases toward patients when assessing for these conditions.

    Learning Objectives
    At the end of these educational activities, participants should be able to:

    • Discuss diagnoses that may be treated at an UMC facility.
    • State the appropriate assessment and treatment options for UMC conditions.
    • Review and examine recent clinical updates and guidelines for the optimal care of individuals receiving UMC.

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    These activities are jointly provided by OptumHealth Education and Reliant Medical Group.

    Commercial Support
    There was no commercial support received for these activities.

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