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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2019 Feb;35(2):138-142. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001656.

Consensus Statement on Urgent Care Centers and Retail Clinics in Acute Care of Children.

Author information

1
Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai, New York, NY.
2
Los Angeles County EMS Agency, Santa Fe Springs, CA.
3
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
4
Hospitals and Clinics, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinic, Kansas City, MO.
5
Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.
6
Department of Emergency Medicine, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, Austin, TX.
7
Tufts Medical Center, Floating Hospital for Children, Somerville, MA.
8
Department of Emergency Medicine, Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, Kansas City, MO.
9
Department of Emergency Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Floating Hospital for Children, Boston, MA.
10
Section of Emergency Medicine, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH.
11
Division of Child, Adolescent, and Family Health, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Rockville, MD.
12
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, FL.

Abstract

This article provides recommendations for pediatric readiness, scope of services, competencies, staffing, emergency preparedness, and transfer of care coordination for urgent care centers (UCCs) and retail clinics that provide pediatric care. It also provides general recommendations for the use of telemedicine in these establishments. With continuing increases in wait times and overcrowding in the nation's emergency departments and the mounting challenges in obtaining timely access to primary care providers, a new trend is gaining momentum for the treatment of minor illness and injuries in the form of UCCs and retail clinics. As pediatric visits to these establishments increase, considerations should be made for the type of injury or illnesses that can be safely treated, the required level training and credentials of personnel needed, the proper equipment and resources to specifically care for children, and procedures for safe transfer to a higher level of care, when needed. When used appropriately, UCCs and retail clinics can be valuable and convenient patient care resources.

PMID:
30422946
DOI:
10.1097/PEC.0000000000001656
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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