Pediatrician noncompliance with the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for the workup of UTI in infants - 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.

Written by:
Coutinho K, Stensland K, Akhavan A, Jayadevan R, Stock JA.   Are you the author?
Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, USA; The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA; Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA, USA.  

Reference: Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014 Oct;53(12):1139-48.
doi: 10.1177/0009922814536263

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 24872337 Infections Section

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