An Industry Perspective: Effective Antibiotic Stewardship in Urgent Care Is Achievable

J.D. Zipkin, MD, MA, Associate Medical Director at Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care There is room for improvement in antibiotic prescribing in the urgent care setting, as demonstrated by a recently published research letter by the CDC. The data showed outpatient antibiotic prescription rates for antibiotic-inappropriate conditions are highest in urgent care centers as compared to retail clinics, emergency departments, and medical offices. As a clinician working in urgent care, I know firsthand of the unique pressures faced by urgent care providers on the front lines, such as the higher volume of encounters that may appropriately require antibiotics, lack of established