Urinary Infection Assessment

Urinary Infection Assessment Guidelines – Part of the Quest for High Quality Care

Urinary tract infections are the most common type of infection for residents of residential care facilities and the most common reason for the use of antibiotics in such facilities.  However, it can be challenging to determine when treatment is required.  Inappropriate use of medicine may adversely affect health outcomes while the overuse of medicine can lead to antibiotic resistance.

To address this issue, a group of nursing and physician leaders at Broadmead Care developed urinary tract infection assessment guidelines. These guidelines support clinical decision-making by providing information on typical symptoms of urinary tract infection in frail older adults. They provide assessment criteria and outline procedures and follow-up actions.