Date of Paper/Work

5-2012

Type of Paper/Work

Scholarly project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing

Department

Nursing

Advisor(s)

Gay Varecka

Abstract

Description of asymptomatic bacteriuria prevalence and clinical significance, both at the individual and population level followed by a literature review of the evidence of asymptomatic bacteriuria’s impact on clinical outcomes in the elderly. The literature review results reveal that asymptomatic is a common and benign condition in the elderly and the results support current published guidelines, developed by IDSA and URA, stating that asymptomatic bacteriuria should not be screened for or treated with antibiotics in the elderly. A brief discussion of the factors contributing to provider non-adherence to guidelines and strategies to improve antimicrobial stewardship is included.

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