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Jane’s Blog Urinary Tract Infections can be Deadly for the Elderly

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Jane’s Blog Urinary Tract Infections can be Deadly for the Elderly

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial (or sometimes fungal infection) in the bladder, and urethra of the urinary system and less often in the ureters and kidneys. UTIs are most common in residents of long-term care facilities such as nursing homes. A recent study has found, “Delaying or withholding antibiotics in patients aged over 65 with symptoms of urinary tract infection seems to be associated with a higher risk of sepsis and death.” Those over 85, especially men were more at risk. Urosepsis is a condition where a urinary tract infection spreads from the urinary tract to the...

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