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Delaying antibiotics in over 65s with UTI may increase risk of sepsis

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 27 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l922

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Antibiotic management of urinary tract infection in elderly patients in primary care and its association with bloodstream infections and all cause mortality

  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Delaying or withholding antibiotics in patients aged over 65 with symptoms of urinary tract infection (UTI) seems to be associated with a higher risk of sepsis and death, a study published in The BMJ has found.1

Older adults, especially men over 85, should be given prompt antibiotics if a UTI is suspected, said the UK researchers.

Good evidence about the treatment of UTIs in primary care is lacking, which prompted the researchers to examine approaches to antibiotic prescribing and clinical outcomes in elderly patients. They used primary care data linked to hospital and mortality records around England …

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