Antibiotics in urinary tract infections: ensuring appropriate use

Medicines use review for pharmacists, nurses

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Reflect on your current practice in managing urinary tract infections (UTIs) and generate solutions and improvements at a facility level to improve patient care.

Antibiotic resistance is a growing concern in residential aged care facilities (RACFs). There is a high prevalence of asymptomatic bacteriuria in aged care facilities and diagnosing symptomatic urinary tract infections (UTIs) requires assessment of new presenting signs and symptoms as well as consideration of other possible diagnoses.

Learning objectives

Participation in this activity will assist nurses and pharmacists to:

  • Recognise signs and symptoms that justify urine sampling for culture and susceptibility testing.
  • Outline recommended medicines management for acute and recurrent UTIs.
  • Summarise strategies for prevention of UTIs, including non-antibiotic strategies.
  • Evaluate current UTI management in your aged care facility compared to best practice guidelines.
  • Describe improvements in the management of UTIs within your aged care facility.

CPD and competencies

Both phases are accredited for CPD points.

Nurses

Phase 1

This activity is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 8 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard.

Phase 2

This activity is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 4 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard.

Pharmacists

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Phase 1

Accreditation number: CX140080. This activity has been accredited for 16 Group 2 CPD credits, suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist's CPD plan.

Phase 2

Accreditation number: CX140081. This activity has been accredited for 8 Group 2 CPD credits, suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist's CPD plan.

Upon completion of Phase 2, pharmacists may also self record this quality improvement activity for 12 Group 3 CPD credits.

Competencies

  • Standard 1.1 Practise legally
  • Standard 1.2 Practise to accepted standards
  • Standard 1.5 Maintain and extend professional competence
  • Standard 2.1 Communicate effectively
  • Standard 2.2 Work to resolve problems
  • Standard 2.3 Collaborate with members of the health care team
  • Standard 2.4 Manage conflict
  • Standard 2.5 Commitment to work and the workplace
  • Standard 2.6 Plan and manage professional contribution
  • Standard 4.2 Consider the appropriateness of prescribed medicines
  • Standard 7.1 Contribute to therapeutic decision-making
  • Standard 7.3 Influence patterns of medicine use
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