n South African Medical Journal - Antimicrobial resistance patterns in outpatient urinary tract infections - the constant need to revise prescribing habits : correspondence

Volume 101, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



To the Editor: We commend the retrospective survey of antimicrobial susceptibility at 3 Military Hospital in Bloemfontein and appreciate the concern about very high rates of culture-negative urine received at the laboratory. Possibly many such samples came from patients already receiving antimicrobials. We feel that it would have been better to screen urine samples received for culture for the presence of any antimicrobials in the sample to ensure judicious therapeutic intervention.

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