Using Antibiotics Wisely
Many older adults receive antibiotics for urinary tract infections (UTIs) even though they do not have UTI symptoms. Help reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for asymptomatic bacteria with our Using Antibiotics Wisely recommendations, tools, and resources.
The following key practice changes have been identified and are intended to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use for asymptomatic bacteriuria in LTC. They are not a substitute for timely individual clinical assessment and management and do not apply to acutely unwell resident with suspected sepsis.
- Practice Change Handout: This handout includes practice change recommendations to help optimize your antibiotic prescribing for asymptomatic bacteriuria in long-term care settings.
- A poster developed for clinical areas in long-term care. The poster encourages clinicians to reflect before collecting urine for suspected UTIs in older adults.