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Short Notes on Urinary Tract Infections 2017 - Dr Mark Burgin

Dr. Mark Burgin BM BCh (oxon) MRCGP considers the elements that should be included in a primer for clinical negligence cases involving Urinary tract infections.

Bladder infections (cystitis) are considered to be a minor illness, a minor self-limiting condition that requires symptomatic treatment and simple advice.

Unlike hayfever, cold and tummy bugs which are allergic and viral, cystitis involves a bacterial infection with the potential risk of sepsis, tissue damage and death.

Bacterial infections are contained in the bladder by valves in the ureters and by a thick muscular wall and constant flow of urine clearing bacteria out of the bladder.

The urine dipstick (lab on a stick) is a valuable near patient test but cannot replace the need for bacterial confirmation of repeated or complicated Urinary tract infections...

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