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SOGC endorses Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommendation on screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnancy

The SOGC Board of Directors endorses the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommendation on screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnancy clinical practice guideline. The guideline was released on July 9, 2018 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). 

The guideline recommends screening pregnant women for asymptomatic bacteriuria once during the first trimester with a urine culture. However, because of uncertainty regarding the benefits of screening as well as the various preferences of women regarding antibiotic treatment in pregnancy, physicians are urged to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of screening with their patients during their primary visit.

The full guideline can be accessed here: www.cmaj.ca/content/190/27/E823