Urinary Tract Infection

Managing UTIs in Debilitated Patients

Infections are a serious complication and leading cause of death in debilitated patients, including those with cancer, immunosuppression (e.g., transplantation or AIDS patients), diabetes, chronic renal failure, severe neurologic conditions such as Parkinsonism or spinal cord injury, and the elderly.

Enterococcal UTIs May Be Overtreated

SAN DIEGO—Significant numbers of men with enterococcal UTIs are being overtreated and undertreated, according to findings reported here at the Infectious Diseases Society of America annual meeting.

Unusual Urinary Pathogen Characterized

SAN DIEGO—According to researchers, urine cultures yielding vancomycin-resistant, ampicillin-sensitive Enterococcus faecalis (VRASEF) may not always represent a true UTI, and the proper treatment is not well characterized.

Recurrent UTI, Diabetes Link

CHICAGO—Diabetes increases the likelihood of UTI recurrences in pre- and post-menopausal women, despite longer treatments with more potent initial antibiotics, a Dutch study shows.

Guidelines Urged for UTIs in the ICU

Guidelines Urged for UTIs in the ICU

TORONTO—Guidelines are needed for managing positive urine cultures in the ICU because clinicians often prescribe antibiotics inappropriately, researchers reported here at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

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