UTIs in older people: the programme reducing unnecessary prescribing
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UTIs in older people: the programme reducing unnecessary prescribing

Lynne Pearce Freelance health journalist

Pioneering nurse Jo McEwen is leading the way in antimicrobial stewardship, using a watch and wait approach to cut inappropriate antibiotic prescribing and improve care

When older patients have a suspected urinary tract infection (UTI), a prescription for antibiotics is the most common treatment – but what if the tests that indicate an infection are misleading and there is nothing wrong?

Nursing Standard. 33, 4,60-62. doi: 10.7748/ns.33.4.60.s23

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