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How to collect a clean urine specimen fact sheet

How to collect a clean urine specimen

To get a ‘clean’ sample of urine, it is important to avoid the first flow of urine and only collect urine when it is in ‘full flow’.  If urine is contaminated by germs from the outside, your child’s test results may be wrong, which could lead to a wrong diagnosis.  Please follow these steps when collecting your child’s sample:

  1. Wash your hands well. You may wish to wear gloves.
  2. Ensure the child’s privacy is protected.
  3. Remove your child’s nappy or underpants so that the genital area is exposed.
  4. Gently wash the area with sterile water on cotton balls.
    For girls: Wipe the genital area several times from front to back, using a clean cotton ball for each wipe.
    For boys: Wipe the head of the penis clean, using a clean cotton ball for each wipe.
  5. Loosen the yellow lid of the collection jar (but do not remove).
  6. Watch and wait until your child starts to pass urine.
  7. As soon as you see urine start to flow, take the yellow lid off the jar and put the jar under the stream of urine.
  8. Collect a small amount (a teaspoonful is sufficient).
  9. Once collected, put the lid back on the jar firmly and give it to the nurse so it can be sent to the laboratory for testing.
  10. Dry your child’s genital area and replace their nappy or underpants.

In an emergency, always call 000 immediately.

Otherwise, contact your local doctor or visit the emergency department of your nearest hospital. For non-urgent medical advice, call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) to speak to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the cost of a local call.

Resource No: FS091. Developed by Emergency Department. Updated: June 2018. All information contained in this sheet has been supplied by qualified professionals as a guideline for care only. Seek medical advice, as appropriate, for concerns regarding your child’s health.

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