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a men women toilet signMay 11 2018

NICE has set out proposed guidelines for managing urinary tract infections, with the aim of reducing the level of antibiotic resistant infections.

The five guidelines cover antibiotic prescribing in: 

  • acute pyelonephritis;
  • lower UTIs;
  • catheter-associated UTIs;
  • recurrent UTIs;
  • acute prostatitis.

NICE wants healthcare professionals to ask patients about the severity and regularity of their symptoms before considering whether to prescribe antibiotics. 

“This should include asking them about the steps they have taken to manage their illness (such as taking painkillers) and may also include asking them for a urine sample so that this can be tested for infection. The results can then be used to identify which antibiotic will work best,” said NICE.

Professor Mark Baker, director for the centre of guidelines at NICE, said: “We recognise that the majority of UTIs will require antibiotic treatment, but we need to be smarter with our use of these medicines.

Dr Susan Hopkins, deputy director for AMR and HCAI at Public Health England, added: “Our surveillance shows that more than a third of laboratory confirmed E. coliUTIs display resistance to key antibiotics.

“We are therefore urging GP practices and hospitals to follow the new guidelines so they can prescribe antibiotics appropriately to their patients. This will preserve our antibiotics so that they not only save lives today but can continue to save lives tomorrow.”

Links:
NICE announcement     
NICE draft guidance ‘Pyelonephritis (acute): antimicrobial prescribing’   
NICE draft guidance ‘Urinary tract infections (lower): antimicrobial prescribing’  
NICE draft guidance ‘Catheter associated urinary tract infections: antimicrobial prescribing’       
NICE draft guidance ‘Recurrent urinary tract infections: antimicrobial prescribing’          
NICE draft guidance ‘Prostatitis (acute): antimicrobial prescribing’          

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