Interpretation of urinalysis and urine culture for UTI treatment.
Urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most commonly diagnosed infections in both outpatient and inpatient populations. In order to make an accurate diagnosis, it is essential for practitioners to understand the value and limitations of urinalysis and urine culture. Use of these tests in conjunction with an assessment of urinary symptoms will yield a diagnosis of either asymptomatic bacteriuria or symptomatic UTI. Pharmacists can play a key role in recommending that antibiotic therapy be withheld when it is not indicated, in addition to providing guidance on appropriate antibiotic selection when treatment is warranted.
Bates B. Interpretation of urinalysis and urine culture for UTI treatment. US Pharm 2013; 38(11): 65-68.