Medicines Use Review

Antibiotics in urinary tract infections: ensuring appropriate use

This continuing professional development activity assists pharmacists and nurses to reflect on management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and use of antibiotics.

  • Start: 8 September 2017
  • Cost: free

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Phase 1 – It is recommended that 8 CPD hours be recorded for the purpose of self-directed CPD.

Phase 2 – It is recommended that 4 CPD hours be recorded for the purpose of self-directed CPD.



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 outcomes

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.