The aim is to get a specimen (sample) of urine from the middle of your bladder.Urine is normally sterile (no bacteria present). If bacteria are found in the sample, it means that the urine is infected.
A midstream sample is best as the first bit of urine that you pass may be contaminated with bacteria from the skin.
A urine bottle will be provided by a doctor or a nurse.
Prior to collecting the midstream urine specimen:
Your physician has requested a 24 Hour Urine test. To ensure accurate test results, please follow the below instructions carefully. Some 24 hour urine tests require an additive in the container. Consult your physician prior to the test to make sure you have the correct container.
Collecting the specimen:
For 24 hr Creatinine Clearance: This test is used to measure kidney function and requires a blood test to be taken within 48 hours of the urine being collected. It is preferable to have the blood test when you deliver the completed urine specimen.
Your physician has ordered a blood test requiring you to fast. To ensure accurate test results, please follow the below instructions carefully:
IMPORTANT: If you are a diabetic or take medications, please consult your physician before fasting
Please follow these instructions carefully to ensure that your test results are accurate and reliable. Your doctor may give you one or two jars for specimen collection, depending on what they are investigating.
If you have a second jar with liquid in it, unscrew the lid, remove the small stick attached to the inside and dip into the feces. Collect enough to fill the line on the side of the jar. Place the stick back into the fluid-filled jar, tighten the lid and gently shake 5 times.
Note to Doctors:
For Ova & Parasite collection: Use 10% formalin in the usual fecal jar.
This test detects the presence of blood in the feces. To ensure accurate test results, please follow the below instructions carefully.
For this test, you will need to collect feces samples each day for three days in a row OR a sample from each of three consecutive bowel movements. The containers to use are tubes with a dipstick attached to the top.
Do not collect samples during, or until three days after a menstrual period.
Avoid taking Aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for seven days before the collection. (Please consult your physician first before withholding any medication).
Prior to this test, try to maintain a well-balanced diet of fruit and vegetables.
Your physician has ordered a sputum sample for testing. To ensure accurate results, please follow the below instructions carefully.
Before collection, brush your teeth, rinse your mouth well and gargle with water to reduce contamination with food particles.