Klausing, B.T. et al. American Journal of Infection Control. Published online: 13 June 2016
- Urine culture contamination results in substantial impact to patients.
- Morbidity includes unnecessary testing and antibiotic exposure.
- Reducing urine culture contamination is an important quality intervention.
We retrospectively evaluated 131 patients with contaminated urine cultures during a 12-month period. Sixty-four patients (48.8%) experienced 139 potential complications related to these specimens. The most common complication was inappropriate antibiotic administration (noted in 58 patients [44.3%]). Contaminated urine cultures led to additional diagnostic evaluation and unnecessary antibiotic use.
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