Pediatrician noncompliance with the american academy of pediatrics guidelines for the workup of UTI in infants

Karl Coutinho, Kristian Stensland, Ardavan Akhavan, Rajiv Jayadevan, Jeffrey A. Stock

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Abstract

Background. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines on the workup for urinary tract infections (UTIs) in infants discourages the use of bagged urine specimens for urine culture. We report the results of a survey to assess urine collection preferences and adherence to AAP guidelines in clinical practice. Methods. A 29-question survey was e-mailed to pediatrician AAP members to determine their preferred method of urine collection in hypothetical infant patients. Results. Data from 155 respondents were analyzed. In febrile, circumcised boys, up to 18% preferred bagged specimens for urine culture, against AAP recommendations. In febrile girls, 13% of respondents preferred bagged specimens. There was no significant relationship between adherence to AAP guidelines and respondent's age, gender, years in practice, fellowship training, academic affiliation, or other demographic factors. Conclusions. Up to 18% of practitioners prefer bagged specimens over more sterile ones in the workup of febrile UTIs in infants, against AAP guidelines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1139-1148
Number of pages10
JournalClinical pediatrics
Volume53
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Pediatrics
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Urine sampling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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