So today I cared for a gentleman who became febrile at 38.7. I called the doc and pan cultured him as ordered, including a UA. The patient was not on antibiotics and was admitted for a lung AVM. The UA came back positive for Many bacteria, WBC, nitrates, etc. Since I work nights, I knew the doc wouldn't be looking for it. I called him (he's awake and in house) to let him know it was positive. However he never started the patient on antibiotics and acted like he didn't know why I was calling. I don't understand why the patient doesn't receive broad spectrum antibiotics. Any thoughts? I was just wanting to do what's best for the patient and get this UTI under control and reduce his length of stay. The only thing I can think of was it was a busy night on our ICU and they were admitting a gunshot wound down the hall. Any insight?!
Really? Wow. Why is it being presumptuous to know that a patient with a UTI needs antibiotics?
Suggesting a specific antibiotic might be sort of presumptuous, but....
Last edit by Anna Flaxis on Nov 14, '12