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Urinary Tract Infections in Older People (AGS, AMDA)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Tests
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: AMDA, American Geriatrics Society
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 09/10/2021
Older adults are often tested for UTIs, especially in nursing homes. But if you don’t have symptoms, urine tests are not very useful. The test will probably show some bacteria. This may lead the doctor to order an antibiotic. But if the bacteria is in the urine and not causing a real infection, the antibiotic won’t help the vague symptoms. And the unnecessary treatments can even be harmful.