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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2013 Nov;34(11):1204-7. doi: 10.1086/673449. Epub 2013 Sep 23.

Inappropriate testing for urinary tract infection in hospitalized patients: an opportunity for improvement.

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Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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.

PMID:
24113606
PMCID:
PMC3801230
DOI:
10.1086/673449
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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