Appropriateness & Stewardship in Asymptomatic Bacteriuria (ASAB) Initiative

Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP)

AHS is committed to Antimicrobial and Diagnostic Stewardship. The Appropriateness & Stewardship in Asymptomatic Bacteriuria (ASAB) Initiative has developed evidence-based tools to assist clinicians with optimizing urine testing and identification of urinary tract infections in order to only use antibiotics when necessary.

This interdisciplinary, province-wide project aims to reduce inappropriate urine testing and antibiotic treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria.

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Background Information



How to Interpret Laboratory Urine Tests

Information For Patients & Families

MyLearningLink course for AHS Staff and Physicians:

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  • Enroll under Courses and Registration, and search for: Appropriateness & Stewardship in Asymptomatic Bacteriuria Initiative


A collection of the primary literature and links to organizations supporting ASAB

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