Inappropriate Testing for Urinary Tract Infection in Hospitalized Patients: An Opportunity for Improvement.
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2013 Nov;34(11):1204-1207
Authors: Hartley S, Valley S, Kuhn L, Washer LL, Gandhi T, Meddings J, Chenoweth C, Malani AN, Saint S, Srinivasan A, Flanders SA
Urine cultures are frequently obtained for hospitalized patients. We reviewed documented indications for culture and compared these with professional society guidelines. Lack of documentation and important clinical scenarios (before orthopedic procedures and when the patient has altered mental status without a urinary catheter) are highlighted as areas of use outside of current guidelines.
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