A free webinar on acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), presented by the Urgent Care Association (UCA), College of Urgent Care Medicine (CUCM) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will take place July 14 at 1 pm Central Time.

AFM, which is most prevalent in children, is a neurologic condition that affects the nervous system, specifically the gray matter of the spinal cord, causing paralysis and in some cases, respiratory failure. An AFM outbreak is anticipated to occur in late summer or early fall of this year, but because it is uncommon, many healthcare providers may not be familiar with how to recognize and manage it, according to a media release from the Urgent Care Association.

During the webinar, Thomas Tryon, MD, MBA, FAAP, FCUCM, professor of pediatrics for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Janell Routh, MD, MHS, medical officer of the Division of Viral Diseases and National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases for the CDC, will discuss the epidemiology of AFM, including its seasonal pattern and causation. The webcast will also include a clinical presentation with an initial patient evaluation, detailing the diagnostic workup and patient management considerations for suspected cases of AFM.

“AFM is a relatively uncommon but crucial diagnosis to make in urgent care,” says Joseph Toscano, MD, UCA clinical content advisor, who will moderate the discussion. “While we’re battling COVID-19, treating summer injuries, and preparing for influenza this fall, we all need to be mindful of the variable presentations, particularly in the early stages, of this potentially serious condition.”

To continue the conversation, the online session “Recognizing and Diagnosing Measles and AFM in Urgent Care Practice” is now available as a free session through UCA2020 On-Demand, a virtual education platform that launched June 1. The platform features new sessions and exclusive content each month to help users network, engage and learn all year round.

For more information and to register for the webinar, visit the Urgent Care Association.

[Source(s): Urgent Care Association, PRWeb]

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