The influence of contaminated urine cultures in inpatient and emergency department settings.
Am J Infect Control. 2016 Jun 13;
Authors: Klausing BT, Tillman SD, Wright PW, Talbot TR
We retrospectively evaluated 131 patients with contaminated urine cultures during a 12-month period. Sixty-four patients (48.8%) experienced 139 potential complications related to these specimens. The most common complication was inappropriate antibiotic administration (noted in 58 patients [44.3%]). Contaminated urine cultures led to additional diagnostic evaluation and unnecessary antibiotic use.
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