Unintended consequences of a reflex urine culture order set on appropriate antibiotic use

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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2020 Jun 23:1-3. doi: 10.1017/ice.2020.230. Online ahead of print.


We evaluated the impact of reflex urine culture screen results on antibiotic initiation. More patients with positive urine screen but negative culture received antibiotics than those with a negative screen (30.5 vs 7.1%). Urine screen results may inappropriately influence antibiotic initiation in patients with a low likelihood of infection.

PMID:32624040 | DOI:10.1017/ice.2020.230

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