HOWARD J. WORMAN, M.D.
To the editor: The utility of certain diagnostic tests has received considerable attention in a recent series of articles in Annals (1). One of these articles examined the urinalysis and urine culture in women with dysuria (2). A major recommendation was that urine culture is of clear value only in patients with acute pyelonephritis or subclinical pyelonephritis (2). The present data show how medical house officers, and even nurses, not familiar with the indications for urine culture can create significant unnecessary costs for hospital patients and thirdparty insurers through the inappropriate use of urine cultures.
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WORMAN HJ. Excessive Use of Urine Cultures for Inpatients. Ann Intern Med. ;107:115–116. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-1-115
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(1):115-116.
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