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Catheter Specimen Urines: Are They Worth Culturing?

Kamaljit Khalsa*, Ashutosh Deshpande and Sarah Whitehead
Department of Microbiology, Southern General Hospital, NHS GG&C, Lanarkshire, UK
Corresponding Author : Kamaljit Khalsa
Department of Microbiology
Southern General Hospital (NHS GG&C)
1345 Govan Road, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
G51 4TF, UK
Tel: 0141 354 9133
E-mail: [email protected]
Received February 05, 2014; Accepted January 02, 2015; Published January 07, 2015
Citation: Khalsa K, Deshpande A, Whitehead S (2015) Catheter Specimen Urines: Are They Worth Culturing?. J Infect Dis Ther 3:193. doi: 10.4172/2332-0877.1000193
Copyright: ©2015 Khalsa K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

Urinary tract infections are the most commonly acquired bacterial infections, but the significance of growths from catheter related specimens, particularly heavy mixed growths, is uncertain and can pose a dilemma for the clinical laboratory responsible for processing and authorising reports, as well as a diagnostic dilemma for clinicians. Furthermore, inappropriate processing and reporting of samples may lead to inappropriate treatment of patients which can result in adverse effects as well as increased laboratory and clinical costs. This short communication summarises recent evidence and guidelines on the matter.

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