This presentation focuses on issues surrounding the use of multiple medications in an urgent care, with the goal of helping urgent care providers make better care decisions.
It is not uncommon for patients, especially elderly patients, presenting to an urgent care center to have multiple medical problems. These patients are taking multiple medications as well. According to a 2010 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 40% of older Americans have taken five or more prescription medications in a month. Twenty percent of Medicare beneficiaries have five or more chronic conditions, and 50% take five or more medications. The use of multiple medications presents a unique challenge to the urgent care provider: How do we balance the acute needs of the presenting condition with the potential for adverse reactions so commonly associated with polypharmacy?
This presentation focuses on issues surrounding the use of multiple medications in an urgent care, with the goal of helping urgent care providers make better care decisions while balancing the risk of adverse reactions with the benefit of treatment.
Urgent Care Association
Jasmeet Singh Bhogal
1 hour, 11 minutes