Urine Culture And Smear URGS
One gray (Vacutainer) tube (4 mL full) or sterile container. Glass jars that have been sterilized are acceptable, but not ideal.
One 4 mL gray top tube or minimum of 2 mL urine in sterile container at 20-25ºC.
This test is for pediatric use only. Urine gram stains are performed on pediatric patients 10 years of age and younger.
Unpreserved: Up to 2 hours at room temperature; up to 24 hours at 2-8ºC. Preserved: Up to 48 hours at room temperature or 2-8ºC.
Specimens that exceed stability, are received in non-sterile containers, and any containers used with preservatives for urinalysis. Plastic containers, including medicine vials, are not acceptable.
Refrigerate specimen if transportation is delayed. Specify exact source of specimen (e.g., clean catch, indwelling, catheter, straight catheter). If submitting this test with a request for Urine Cytology, please submit 2 urine specimens.
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