This study found that the use of preoperative urine cultures was associated with higher rates of surgical site infections, diarrhea and Cdiff infections; and bacteriuria alone was not associated with higher surgical site infections. Based on this, there does not appear to be an advantage to routinely checking preoperative urine cultures (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.