Urinary Tract Infections in the Emergency Department

Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2008 Mar;22(1):73-87, vi. doi: 10.1016/j.idc.2007.10.002.


Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a commonly encountered clinical condition in the emergency department. Emergency physicians evaluate and treat UTIs in a wide spectrum of disease severity and patient populations. This article is written from the perspective of evaluating and managing UTIs in the emergency department. It highlights the pitfalls and clinical dilemmas pertinent to emergency physicians that are not often encountered by infectious disease specialists.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use
  • Catheters, Indwelling / microbiology
  • Cystitis / diagnosis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Emergency Medicine / methods*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Humans
  • Urinary Tract Infections* / diagnosis
  • Urinary Tract Infections* / drug therapy
  • Urinary Tract Infections* / microbiology


  • Anti-Infective Agents