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Urinary tract infections in adults
The quality standard for urinary tract infection in adults is made up of 7 statements that describe high-quality care for adults with urinary tract infection. These statements set out the quality of care you should receive.
1. Adults aged 65 yearsand over who have symptoms that are typical of a urinary tract infection have a full clinical assessment before a diagnosis of a urinary tract infection is made.
2. Adults with urinary catheters do not have urinary tract infections diagnosed by dipstick testing.
3. Men with symptoms of an upper urinary tract infection are referred to a specialist for urological tests.
4. Adults with a urinary tract infection that is not responding to initial antibiotic treatment have their urine tested to see if other antibiotics should be tried.
5. Adults with catheters and non-pregnant women who have bacteria in their urine but no symptoms of urinary tract infectionare not prescribed antibiotics.
6. Adults with long-term indwelling catheters are not prescribed antibiotics to prevent urinary tract infection unless they have a history of recurrent or severe urinary tract infection.
7. Recurrent urinary tract infections are common and it is important that they are managed and prevented effectively.