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

Sarah Hartley MD, Staci Valley MD, Latoya Kuhn MPH, Laraine L. Washer MD, Tejal Gandhi MD, Jennifer Meddings MD MS, Carol Chenoweth MD, Anurag N. Malani MD, Sanjay Saint MD MPH, Arjun Srinivasan MD and Scott A. Flanders MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 34, No. 11 (November 2013), pp. 1204-1207
DOI: 10.1086/673449
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/673449
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Inappropriate Testing for Urinary Tract Infection in Hospitalized Patients: An Opportunity for Improvement
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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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