McKnight’s Long-Term Care News author, Alicia Lasek, reports that care providers, especially nurses, display a reoccurring trend of improperly evaluating and diagnosing urinary tract infections. Lasek writes that a study performed by the University of North Carolina investigated the diagnostic rate of “suspected UTI’s” by surveying nursing home clinicians nationally. This survey consisted of asking clinicians about the probability of a UTI occurring in residents under certain instances. Replies from clinicians were analyzed against the common set rules for assessing UTI’s.
The study found that clinicians were able to properly diagnose UTI’s in a “moderate” manner. However, when compared to physicians and physician assistants, nurses displayed the greatest trend of misdiagnosing and assessing UTI’s. Residents are often told they have a UTI when this is simply not true. Dr. Christine Krisler from the University of North Carolina believes the misdiagnoses of UTI’s is concerning as this pattern among clinicians can lead to an unfavorable amount of antibiotics being prescribed to nursing home residents. Lasek states this problem can be fixed by having the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved a general support system across the nation that would aid in the decision-making of clinicians when diagnosing UTI’s. In addition to this support system, nursing home clinicians should display an open mindset when diagnosing UTI’s.
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Lasek, Alicia. “Nursing home clinicians still over diagnose UTIs despite antibiotic stewardship efforts: study.” McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, 14 January 2022, https://www.mcknights.com/news/clinical-news/nursing-home-clinicians-still-overdiagnose-utis-despite-antibiotic-stewardship-efforts-study/. Accessed 27 July 2022.