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Long Term Care Medicine-2010

B39 - Treatment of Bacteriuria without Urinary Signs, Symptoms, or a Systemic Infectious Illness [mnemonic-S/S/S]

Mar 12, 2010 11:00am ‐ Mar 12, 2010 12:00pm

Standard: $24.00


The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement:
The American Medical Directors Association designates
this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMDCP Credit Designation:
This session has been approved for a total of 1 Clinical credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).

Session Description:
The most contentious reason antibiotics are prescribed for BTU is "Geriatric Manifestations" (confusion, falls) in the absence of urinary signs/symptoms or a systemic infectious illness. This session presents information regarding the futility and dangers of this practice as well as an alternative approach.

Learning Objectives(s):

  • Examine the danger of antibiotics for bacteriuria in the absence of urinary Signs/Symptoms or Systemic Infectious illness.
  • Describe the assessment of localizing urinary signs and symptoms or a Systemic Infectious illness.
  • Describe an alternative approach to antibiotic treatment of bacteriuria in the absence of urinary Signs/Symptoms or Systemic Infectious illness.
  • Review management of the Urinary Catheter to prevent infectious complications.

Paul Drinka, MD, CMD

Paul Drinka, MD, CMD has no disclosures to report.

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