Urological Infections

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G. Bonkat (Co-chair), R. Pickard (Co-chair), R. Bartoletti, F. Bruyère, S.E. Geerlings, F. Wagenlehner, B. Wullt
Guidelines Associates: T. Cai, B. Köves, A. Pilatz, B. Pradere, R. Veeratterapillay


1.1.Aim and objectives

The European Association of Urology (EAU) Urological Infections Guidelines Panel has compiled these clinical guidelines to provide medical professionals with evidence-based information and recommendations for the prevention and treatment of urological tract infections (UTIs). These guidelines also aim to address the important public health aspects of infection control and antimicrobial stewardship. Separate EAU guidelines documents are available addressing paediatric urological infections [1] and infections in patients with neurological urinary tract dysfunction [2].

It must be emphasised that clinical guidelines present the best evidence available to the experts. However, following guideline recommendations will not necessarily result in the best outcome. Guidelines can never replace clinical expertise when making treatment decisions for individual patients, but rather help to focus decisions - also taking personal values and preferences/individual circumstances of patients into account. Guidelines are not mandates and do not purport to be a legal standard of care.

1.2.Panel composition

The EAU Urological Infections Guidelines Panel consists of a multi-disciplinary group of urologists, with particular expertise in this area, and an infectious disease specialist. All experts involved in the production of this document have submitted potential conflict of interest statements, which can be viewed on the EAU website Uroweb: http://uroweb.org/guideline/urological-infections/.

1.3.Available publications

A quick reference document (Pocket Guidelines) is available, both in print and in a number of versions for mobile devices. These are abridged versions, which may require consultation together with the full text version. All documents are accessible through the EAU website Uroweb: http://uroweb.org/guideline/urologicalinfections/.

1.4.Publication history

The Urological Infections Guidelines were first published in 2001. The 2016 document consisted of the first completed sections of an entirely new Urological Infections Guideline formulated following new EAU guideline production methodology. This 2017 document is an amalgamation of the 2015 and 2016 Guidelines and will be updated over the coming year to cover all key clinical questions related to UTIs.