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.

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Journal of Urgent Care Medicine

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

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Prospective Case Study for Evaluation of Clinical Efficacy and Patient Satisfaction of a Novel Adjustable Wrist Splint for Simple Distal Radius Fracture

Author: Dr Pregasen Naicker
Type: Other research
Date: February 2022
Distal radius fractures are one of the most common fractures. Plaster casting remains the common treatment of choice for simple distal radius +/- ulna fractures. Casting has been noted by patients to be heavy, itchy, cumbersome, restrictive of work and leisure activity, and presents a hygiene risk. To alleviate the difficulties noted with casting, an evaluation of a novel adjustable wrist orthosis in the non-operative management of distal radius fractures was performed


Author: Dr Muhammad Asim
Type: Other research
Date: February 2021

Building Bridges for DVT Diagnosis: Rivaroxaban versus Enoxaparin Guideline Review and Discussion

Author: Dr Gary Mitchell
Type: MLP-research
Date: December 2021
Rivaroxaban is well established as a treatment for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, but there has been hesitation in using it as a bridging agent in clinical situations where DVT is suspected but not yet confirmed by definitive ultrasound scan. The evidence for the safety and efficacy of this approach is explored. During this time of research, the use of rivaroxaban began to gain acceptance and usage in New Zealand, leading to a brief analysis of factors involved in trying to introduce up to date guidelines into a small health organisation in New Zealand prior to widespread acceptance and definitive guidelines at District Health Board level.

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

Author: Dr Sandy Crofts
Type: MLP-research
Date: December 2021
Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) is a syndrome of intractable vomiting with severe abdominal pain that is associated with chronic marijuana use. Classically, symptoms are relieved by hot showers and are often unresponsive to traditional acute interventions such as antiemetics.
Patients commonly undergo multiple investigations without diagnosis.  Complete resolution of symptoms occurs with abstinence from cannabis. The following Medical Literature Project gives an overview of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome and review of current management.

Is Adenosine safe for conversion of SVT in Urgent Care settings?

Author: Dr Imran Zia
Type: MLP-research
Date: December 2021
Abstract: A literature review was carried out to assess the safety of Adenosine in Urgent Care (UC) setting for the termination of Paroxysmal Supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT). Thorough literature evaluation advocates the use of adenosine for the acute termination of PSVT in Urgent care settings, especially in rural and remote practices. It has the potential to improve patient management and satisfaction along with a reduction in cost, ED load, and associated hospitalization.

Treatment of Base of the Fifth Metatarsal Fractures in Urgent Care

Author: Dr Olu De Rozario
Type: MLP-research
Date:November 2020
Abstract: This retrospective audit was aimed at determining the best treatment modality for
proximal (zone one) fifth metatarsal fractures in an urgent care setting. The analysis was
not able to show a statistically significant advantage between treatment groups (weight
bearing moon boot/non weight bearing moonboot/non weight bearing below knee cast) in
fracture healing at six weeks post injury.

Management of dog bite wounds in the Urgent Care clinic

Author: Dr Lize Upton
Type: MLP-research
Date: 10 November 2020
Injuries sustained from dog bites are often seen in Urgent Care. This review looks at relevant studies and the current management guidelines for these injuries in relation to wound closure and the use of prophylactic antibiotics.

Point of Care Ultrasounds in the Diagnosis of Pulled Elbows

Author: Dr Jin Gao
Type: MLP-research
Date: 16 December 2020
The pulled elbow(PE) is a common childhood injury. In most cases, the clinical management is straight forward, however, the diagnosis and management may be difficult if there is an unclear history, an unwitnessed injury or an atypical mechanism of injury. This medical literature project evaluates the effectiveness of point-of-care ultrasound in the diagnosis of PEs.

The Management of Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy

Author: Dr Richard Canning
Type: MLP-research
Date: 11 October 2020
Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy (NVP) is a common presentation seen by a wide variety of medical professionals however the evidence around the safety and efficacy of drugs used to treat NVP is often not well understood. This review looks to explore current prescribing practices of drugs used to treat NVP and provide evidence-based recommendations.


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.