Urinary Tract Infection: Uncomplicated Infections in Women
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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common outpatient infections, accounting for over 10 million office visits and 2-3 million emergency room visits each year. Women are more likely to experience a UTI than men and have a lifetime incidence as high as 60%. The likelihood of a UTI increases as women age; those over 65 years old have twice the incidence as younger females. In addition, 30 to 40% of women who experience a UTI have a recurrence, frequently within the next 3 months. The cost of evaluation and treatment of UTIs in the US is estimated at 2 billion dollars per year.
Urinary tract infections include infection of the bladder and/or lower urinary tract (also called cystitis) and infection of the kidney and/or upper urinary tract (pyelonephritis). Most UTIs are acute simple cystitis. Recurrent UTIs (rUTIs) are common and affect women of all ages, ethnicities, education levels, and socioeconomic status. These infections reduce a woman’s quality of life and the mental stress of rUTIs sometimes leads to depression.
Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Registered Nurses
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CE activities for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians:
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The ANCC requires all advanced practice nursing certificants (CNSs and NPs) to complete 25 CE hours of pharmacotherapeutics as a portion of the required 75 continuing education hours.
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Describe the differences between complicated and uncomplicated UTIs.List the risk factors, symptoms, and bacterial pathogens involved with UTIs
Discuss the management of a woman with uncomplicated rUTI. List first-line antibiotics and state the dose, common side effects, and recommended duration of treatment for each. List alternative agents and regimens.
Counsel patients regarding preventive measures for recurrent UTI, including the use of antibiotic prophylaxis.
Laressa Bethishou, PharmD, BCPS
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Chapman University School of Pharmacy
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