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Managing urinary tract infections


 

Content developed by MIMS Learning http://www.mimslearning.co.uk/

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for 1–3% of all general practice consultations every year, and are the second most common clinical indication for empirical antimicrobial treatment. In a bid to overcome antimicrobial resistance, current advice is that in patients with only one or two mild symptoms, issuing self care advice, analgesia and a delayed antibiotic prescription may be appropriate.

This module examines the diagnosis and management of both men and women with UTI. Key learning points include interpretation of urine dipsticks in patients with UTI, differential diagnoses and management – including use of antibiotics, and special considerations for patients with UTI who are pregnant.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After completing this module, you should be better able to:

  • Understand the interpretation of urine dipsticks in patients with UTI
  • Consider the differential diagnosis of UTI
  • Understand the management of pregnant patients with UTI

AUTHORS

Dr Sally Hope, Former GP, Clinical assistant in osteoporosis, Oxford, Dr Raj Thakkar, GP, Wooburn Green, Buckinghamshire and Dr Jessica Garner, GP, London

This resource is provided at an intermediate level by MIMS Learning. Read the article and reflect on what you have learned, then answer the test questions at the end.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate of completion to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.