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Common Practice Myths That May Be Costing You Time and Money, and Causing Harm to Your Patients

1 hour Audio and Power Point Presentation

Recorded April 19, 2016

Course Description:

Identify commonly held practices that many clinicians have continued despite evidence that they are not effective or maybe even dangerous. Using evidence to debunk these practices will improve efficiency, patient safety and outcomes, and also save your urgent care center money. Topics to include: sterile procedures, risky medication practices, headache, abscess, and ankle fracture management.

Learning Objectives: 

    •Recognize that long held practices based on sterile procedure are outdated and unnecessary in the urgent care setting
    •Determine which patients with abscesses can be treated with home management vs those that need a return visit and recheck
    •Identify risky and unnecessary medication combinations that can endanger your patients
    •List at least three pitfalls of headache management
    •Identify which ankle fractures can be managed with commercially available splints instead of fiberglass

Faculty Bio:  Patrick O'Malley, MD

Dr. Patrick O'Malley, MD. Board Certified emergency physician, Urgent Care Physician, Lexington Medical Center, Columbia, SC. Graduate of East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, residency training at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. 8 years of post-residency emergency medicine experience and 2 years of almost exclusive work in a 44k annual patient volume urgent care owned and operated by Lexington Medical Center. Interested in improving processes, solving problems, helping physicians improve efficiency, and giving patients better outcomes. Partner in a medical device development company, helping physicians develop medical device concepts and getting them into the marketplace. Active physician inventor with an interest in products that save time and reduce risk to the clinician and patient.

Credit Information:

Designation Statement
The Urgent Care Association of America designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Credit for this course is good for 1 year after purchase.

Urgent Care Management Certificate 

Submitting for Credit:  

If you would like to submit for either of the credit above, once you complete the activity you must submit for credit you will need to complete the 5 question exam.  You must answer 3 out of 5 correctly to receive credit.  Your credit will be placed in your profile under Professional Development or click on "My Credits".  Email with questions.  

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