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Inappropriate Testing for Urinary Tract Infection in Hospitalized Patients: An Opportunity for Improvement

  • Sarah Hartley (a1), Staci Valley (a1), Latoya Kuhn (a2), Laraine L. Washer (a1) (a3), Tejal Gandhi (a1), Jennifer Meddings (a1), Carol Chenoweth (a1), Anurag N. Malani (a4), Sanjay Saint (a1) (a2), Arjun Srinivasan (a5) and Scott A. Flanders (a1)...

Abstract

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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University of Michigan Health System, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, SPC 5736, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (hartsara@med.umich.edu)

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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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