At the conclusion of the activity, learners will be able to:
1) identify the few indications in which asymptomatic bacteriuria screening and treatment is indicated.
2) identify scenarios in which asymptomatic bacteriuria screening and treatment is commonly done, yet associated with worse patient outcomes and/or unnecessary expense
3) identify prescriber and patient factors leading to the overscreening, underdiagnosis and overtreatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria
Professional practice gap to be addressed: Providers frequently order urine cultures in patients in whom it is not indicated or contraindicated. This most frequently occurs in patients who reside in nursing homes. Providers frequently equate bacteriuria with urinary tract infection and therefore they underdiagnose asymptomatic bacteriuria. Providers frequently overtreat asymptomatic bacteriuria, which results in unnecessary use of antibiotics at MGMC and McFarland Clinic.
Target audience: Physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, health care administrators. Patients and families are welcome; however, significant medical jargon knowledge is required to benefit from this activity.