UTI Myths and Misconceptions

UTI is a clinical diagnosis, not a laboratory one. Dysuria plus urinary frequency in the absence of symptoms of STI is diagnostic. Most patients with a clinical picture consistent with a lower UTI do not require urine tests. The indications for urine tests for suspected lower UTI include immunocompromised patients, history of multiple courses of antimicrobial […]

Quick-Wee

A clinician (or parent/carer with supervision) rubs the suprapubic area of the child ( 1-12 months) in a circular pattern with gauze soaked in cold saline held with forceps until clean catch urine sample is obtained.  

UTI Myths

Myth 1: The Urine Is Cloudy and Smells Bad. My Patient Has a UTI Myth 2: The Urine Has Bacteria Present. My Patient Has a UTI. Also See Myth 8 Myth 3: My Patient’s Urine Sample Has >5 Squamous Epithelial Cells per Low-Power Field and the Culture is Positive. Because the Culture is Positive, I […]

Pee on demand: making babies pee for msu testing

Procedure: It takes a minimum of two people to perform this procedure. However, it is better with three, one dedicated to making the catch. Encourage oral fluid intake. 25 minutes following this feed, the baby/infants genitals are cleaned thoroughly with warm soapy water and dried with sterile gauze. A sterile container is prepared to collect […]

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