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.
- Urinary tract infection
- Urine sampling
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health