This talk will review the diagnosis and management of urinary tract infections (UTI). There are many types of urinary tract infections, and urinary tract infections are treated differently depending on the patient’s underlying comorbidities, sex, age, and anatomy. Thus, there is no “one size fits all” treatment strategy. Older adults specifically are a challenging group to treat, given their atypical presentations, presence of comorbid conditions that mimic UTIs, and higher prevalence of cognitive impairment that can prevent accurate symptom reporting. This talk will review the current Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) guidelines for screening and treating urinary tract infections. You will learn more about antimicrobial stewardship and ways that clinicians can reduce overtreatment of urinary tract infections. This talk will concentrate more on the geriatric population.
- Identify which patients benefit from treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria
- Recognize the difference in clinical presentation between older adults and younger patients who have urinary tract infections
- Selectively identify patients that will benefit from treatment of urinary tract infections to best practice antimicrobial stewardship and reduce antibiotic resistance