Original research by College members, and medical literature projects (MLP) completed as part of Fellowship requirements are shared below. Use the search function to find keywords and the filters to review previous MLPs.

This research page is intended to assist in ongoing medical education and peer discussion for qualified health professionals. This is not intended to replace local and national guidelines but published as peer reviewed research to inform and stimulate discussion. Please ensure you work within your scope of practice at all times

Journal of Urgent Care Medicine

Our official journal is the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine, published in the US.

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Author: Dr Alexander Stapleton
Type: MLP-research
Date: 2 September 2020
Abstract: This literature review was devised to clarify the rationale between the use of Dexamethasone and Prednisolone for the treatment of paediatric Croup in the community setting.

Guideline for Management of Severe Asymptomatic Hypertension in Urgent Care

Author: Dr Gustav Fourie
Type: MLP-guideline
Date: 26 February 2020
Abstract: Hypertension is a common presentation but there is no New Zealand based guideline for the management of severe asymptomatic hypertension (greater than 180 systolic or 110 diastolic) in urgent care. Definitions have varied in both naming ( hypertensive emergency, hypertensive urgency, hypertensive crisis, malignant hypertension, accelerated hypertension, severe asymptomatic hypertension) and parameters.

Use of EXOS® Thermoplastic Splint in the treatment of wrist fractures

Author: Dr Ivan Koay
Type: Other research
Date: 23 Jan 2019
Abstract: There has been varying and divergent methods in the treatment of paediatric and
adult wrist fractures. Current opinion and evidence suggest that in paediatric torus
distal radius fractures, management with splinting is as comparable a method of
treatment to the traditional plaster or Paris (POP) casting. This is a retrospective
look at the safety of using the EXOS® thermoplastic (TP) splint to treat wrist

Management of Scaphoid Injuries and role of early Advanced Imaging for Urgent care clinics in New Zealand.

Author: Dr Muhammad Asim
Type: MLP-case study
Date: 26 December 2017
Abstract: The Scaphoid is the most commonly injured bone amongst carpal bones at the wrist. It accounts for 10% of all hand fractures, 50-80% of all carpal fractures and is one of the most common injuries seen by doctors working in Urgent care clinics. Risk of non-union is up to 10% in all non-displaced fractures. There are serious consequences such as non-union, avascular necrosis and arthritis if this fracture is missed during the initial evaluation. When a high index of suspicion based on the mechanism of injury and clinical exam exists the current protocol is for immobilization with delayed (10+ days) x-rays. Is another imaging strategy more sensitive and cost effective?