UTI Algorithm

UTI Algorithm

UTI Algorithm

Take home points:

1. Do not treat a positive urine culture in the absence of clinical symptoms and where urinalysis is negative (urinalysis has excellent negative predictive value).

2.  Discontinue catheter as soon as appropriate.

3. Consider short course of antibiotics if just lower UTI symptoms (3-5 days can be adequate).

4. Duration of therapy for severe UTI (upper urinary tract infection) can be 7 days if patient is clinically improving; 10-14 days if there is a delayed response.

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