Title

The Role of the Nurse Practitioner and Asymptomatic Urinary Treatments

DOI

10.1016/j.nurpra.2015.06.008

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

10-1-2015

Publication Title

Journal for Nurse Practitioners

Volume

11

Issue

9

First Page

903

Last Page

906

ISSN

15554155

Keywords

Asymptomatic urinary tract infections, Evidence-based care, Long-term care facility

Abstract

Asymptomatic urinary tract infections (aUTIs) are common among older adults in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) and studies have shown that they are inappropriately treated with antibiotics. We retrospectively characterized treatment strategies among 89 cases of aUTIs before and after a long-term facility hired a full-time nurse practitioner (NP). We found that residents with aUTIs were prescribed significantly more supportive treatment strategies after hiring an NP. However, there was no significant drop in the rate of inappropriate antibiotic treatments for aUTIs after hiring an NP.

Open Access

Green Accepted

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