In the United States, patients experiencing a medical problem may have to wait weeks or even months before they can get an appointment to see their regular doctor. Rather than scheduling an appointment for a future date or heading to the emergency room where they might spend hours waiting for treatment and pay an expensive bill, more and more patients with pressing but non-emergency medical issues are turning to urgent care and walk-in clinics.
Equipped to treat patients with non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses, walk-in and urgent care facilities are often open in the evening and on weekends, making them a convenient option for patients when an appointment with their regular doctor isn't unavailable. However, some research suggests that what these facilities offer in convenience, they may lack in safety and accuracy.
Medical providers at urgent care facilities and walk-in clinics see patients in a revolving door fashion and, because their focus is on diagnosing and treating minor ailments, they may overlook more subtle symptoms related to serious medical conditions. Examples of common urgent care medical errors that can lead to patient injury include:
- Failing to order appropriate diagnostic tests
- Failing to provide an adequate plan for follow-up care
- Failing to obtain sufficient patient medical history
- Failing to conduct a suitable physical examination
- Failing to diagnose (or misdiagnosing) a patient's condition
- Failing to reevaluate the patient's vital signs before discharge
- Failing to correctly interpret diagnostic test results
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