Urgent Care Now Commended on Practices

By Maria Scandale | Oct 23, 2019

Manahawkin — Urgent Care Now has earned a commendation for demonstrating a commitment to responsible prescribing practices of antibiotics. The Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation was given by the Urgent Care Association and the College of Urgent Care Medicine.

Urgent Care Now has four locations in Ocean County – Manahawkin, Little Egg Harbor, Lacey and Toms River.

UCA and CUCM developed the Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation program to help urgent care centers design and implement comprehensive stewardship strategies, an announcement noted.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the U.S. at least 2 million people acquire an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die as a result of anti-microbial resistance.

In order to achieve the commendation, UCA and CUCM require urgent care centers to provide evidence demonstrating their compliance with the Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship developed by the CDC.

The CDC program provides a framework for antibiotic stewardship in the outpatient setting focused on four key elements:

• Commitment: Demonstrate dedication to and accountability for optimizing antibiotic prescribing and patient safety;

• Action for Policy and Practice: Implement at least one policy or practice to improve responsible prescribing; and assess its efficacy with an Antibiotic Stewardship Quality Plan;

• Tracking and Reporting: Monitor antibiotic prescribing and offer regular feedback to clinicians;

• Education and Expertise: Provide educational resources to clinicians and patients on antibiotic prescribing and ensure access to needed expertise on optimizing prescribing practices.

Urgent Care Now is an independent medical walk-in clinic, dedicated to providing the highest level of quality care to the Southern Ocean County community for over 14 years. Physicians are emergency department trained. Each location offers digital X-ray, EKGs and other diagnostic tools to serve urgent care needs.

Locations are: 712 East Bay Ave, Suite 22B, Manahawkin; 1395 Route 539, Little Egg Harbor; 539 Route 9 North, Lanoka Harbor; and 970 Hooper Ave., Toms River.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Owner and CEO, Dr. John Kulin, established the first urgent care center in Manahawkin in 2005 with a vision of offering patients medical services when they couldn’t get an appointment with their primary doctor and didn’t require a visit to the emergency room,” the press announcement added. “Equally important as immediate service ... is the care and treatment that patients receive.”

Other services Urgent Care Now provides: work, school and sports physicals; immunizations; occupation medicine; pre-employment drug screenings and physicals; CDL physicals; Workers Compensation injuries and drug testing; flu shots; travel medicine – health vaccination and immunization; ACL testing; concussion specialists.

For more information regarding Urgent Care Now and its commitment to the CDC Antibiotic Stewardship Campaign, visit the website urgentcarenownj.com.  —M.S.

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