Diagnostic Stewardship for Urine Cultures

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Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2024 Jun;38(2):255-266. doi: 10.1016/j.idc.2024.03.004. Epub 2024 Apr 4.


Urinary tract infections are among the most common infectious diagnoses in health care, but most urinary tract infections are diagnosed inappropriately in patients without signs or symptoms of infection. Asymptomatic bacteriuria leads to inappropriate antibiotic prescribing and negative downstream effects, including antimicrobial resistance, health care-associated infections, and adverse drug events. Diagnostic stewardship is the process of modifying the ordering, performing, or reporting of test results to improve clinical care. Diagnostic stewardship impacts the diagnostic pathway to decrease inappropriate detection and treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria. This article reviews diagnostic stewardship methods and closes with a case study illustrating these principles in practice.

PMID:38575490 | DOI:10.1016/j.idc.2024.03.004

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