The UK NSC recommendation on Asymptomatic Bacteriuria screening in pregnancy (currently under review)
This recommendation is currently being reviewed as part of the UK NSC's regular review cycle of all policies.
The review process began in Mar 2016 and is estimated to be completed by Mar 2017.
||Systematic population screening programme not recommended, clinical practice guidelines covered by NICE
Screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria should be offered as part of routine antenatal care packages.
The UK NSC is concerned about the lack of knowledge about the current prevalence of asymptomatic bacteriuria, the impact of screening on pyelonephritis as a whole, the optimum test, its timing and frequency during the pregnancy and the optimum treatment strategy. However current practice overlaps with guidance in other areas and the consequences of recommending withdrawal of screening are uncertain at this point.
Find general information about population health screening.
More about Asymptomatic bacteriuria
This is a condition caused by bacteria in the urine and is also known as urinary tract infection. These infections are common during pregnancy.
» Read more about urinary tract infection on NHS Choices
• Group B Strep Support
• Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
• UCL Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women’s Health
The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed.
If you think your organisation should be added, please
More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.
Antenatal Screening for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria Policy Review Summary (PDF document, 165KB, 28/05/12)
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