GGC Medicines

Adult Therapeutics Handbook

Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

  • Antibiotics are overused in the elderly particularly in patients with urinary catheters or suspected UTIs. Consider delaying antibiotic therapy pending culture.
  • Do not treat asymptomatic bacteriuria, except in pregnancy.
  • If antibiotic therapy appropriate, only prescribe after urine cultures have been taken, unless sepsis when blood cultures should be taken and antibiotic therapy not delayed.

UTI in non-pregnant women

UTI in pregnant women

UTI in men

Catheter-related UTI

Query UTI / LRTI

Last reviewed February 2018