Collection of cultures in the absence of signs and symptoms should be avoided.

A urine culture must ALWAYS be interpreted in the context of the urinalysis and patient symptoms.

If a patient has no signs of infection on urinalysis, no symtpoms of infection, but a positive urine culture, the patient by definition has asymptomatic bacturia, or the specimen was contaminated at the time of collection with skin flora.

Empiric Treatment

Treatment Of Specific Pathogens