Podcast # 432: Hunting for UTIs - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast # 432: Hunting for UTIs

Author: Michael Hunt, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • As many as 20% of women in assisted living have asymptomatic bacteriuria
  • This can present a diagnostic conundrum when seeing these patients in the emergency department, particularly for altered mental status and deciding whether to treat
  • True diagnosis of UTI in the emergency department is difficult as true diagnoses required culture results and repeated positive samples
  • Procalcitonin is an emerging biomarker that may be helpful in determining the presence of infection


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Huang DT, Angus DC, Chang CH, Doi Y, Fine MJ, Kellum JA, Peck-Palmer OM, Pike F, Weissfeld LA, Yabes J, Yealy DM; ProACT Investigators.. Design and rationale of the Procalcitonin Antibiotic Consensus Trial (ProACT), a multicenter randomized trial of procalcitonin antibiotic guidance in lower respiratory tract infection. BMC Emerg Med. 2017 Aug 29;17(1):25. doi: 10.1186/s12873-017-0138-1. PubMed PMID: 28851296; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5576372.

Summarized by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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