This webinar will discuss strategies for urinary tract infection (UTI) testing with the focus of detecting avoidable urine cultures.
UTIs are the most common infection leading to an antibiotic prescription after a physician’s visit. The appropriate use of antibiotics for patients that are correctly diagnosed with UTI will foster antimicrobial stewardship. The excessive use of antibiotics is one of the contributing factors to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which have become a global public health concern.
Microbiology laboratories urgently need rapid screening methods for the detection of bacteria in urine samples, since several clinical studies have indicated that about two-thirds of these samples will not yield any bacteria or will yield insignificant growth when cultured.
Join Dr. Ranjana Hawaldar of Sampurna Sodani Diagnostic Clinic to:
- Discuss how UTIs impact healthcare settings and laboratory workloads
- Review current alternatives for UTI testing
- Assess the relevant factors associated with urine culture candidate screening
- Propose strategies to introduce a urine culture candidate screening process in the laboratory to avoid unnecessary urine cultures
P.A.C.E. credit is available for your participation.*
*Beckman Coulter Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. These credits are recognized by the State of California. Most programs also provide State of Florida credits (with valid license number). At this time, we cannot issue continuing education credits for those who provide healthcare (or work for an institution that provides healthcare) in Massachusetts or Vermont.