Accreditation 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 1.5 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 1.5 Clinical credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
Session Description: This session will concentrate on the diagnosis and prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in long term care residents. Attendees should acquire take home tools that can be implemented in clinical practice, as well as a quality improvement approach that can be adapted for specific nursing homes. Based on the best scientific evidence, case examples including asymptomatic bacteriuria and catheter-associated UTIs will be discussed. A quality improvement initiative that successfully reduced the overtreatment of asymptomatic UTIs through the application of consistent diagnostic criteria will be described.
Distinguish between symptomatic and asymptomatic urinary tract infection.
Summarize the evidence for the use of vaginal estrogen and cranberry juice for the prevention of UTI.
Describe approaches to evaluate and treat clinical deterioration in the absence of urinary signs/symptoms or systemic infectious illness, particularly alternatives to antibiotic therapy.
Speakers(s): Gwendolen T. Buhr, MD, CMD; Paul Drinka, MD, CMD; Liza Genao, MD
Disclosure(s): Gwendolen T. Buhr, MD, CMD has no financial disclosures to report. Liza Genao, MD has no financial disclosures to report. Paul Drinka, MD, CMD has no financial disclosures to report.
MD, MEd, CMD,
Associate Professor of Geriatrics,