Patient Collection Instructions

For Females - How to Collect a Clean-Catch Urine Specimen

* Wash hands in warm soapy water before you begin

  1. Open specimen container; do not touch the inside of the cup or the cover.

  2. Open towelette. Separate the folds of the urinary opening with fingers and clean inside using one towelette, moving from the front to the back.

  3. Clean one side and discard towelette.

  4. New towelette: Clean middle and discard towelette.

  5. New towelette: Clean other side and discard towelette.

  6. Continue to hold the folds open and begin urinating into the toilet.

  7. Bring the specimen container into the stream and collect a clean, mid-stream specimen.

  8. Finish urination into the toilet.

  9. Secure the cover.

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* Wash hands in warm soapy water before you begin

  1. Open specimen container; do not touch the inside of the cup or the cover.

  2. Open towelette. Retract foreskin (if present) and use the towelette to clean the entire head of the penis.

  3. Begin urinating into the toilet and bring the container into the stream to collect a clean, mid-stream specimen.

  4. Finish urination into the toilet.

  5. Secure the cover.

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Your physician has asked you to provide a 24-hour urine specimen. Important tests will be done with your specimen. You can help make sure the results of these tests are correct by following these instructions:

  1. Drink your normal intake of fluids for the duration of this test.

  2. The 24‐hour collection period begins when you get up in the morning and empty your bladder. DO NOT SAVE THIS URINE! Record the time and date of this voiding above.

  3. Collect ALL urine (day and night) for the next 24 hours. Your final collection is when you empty your bladder the next morning (approximately 24 hours from the start time recorded on the container). Record this time and date above.

  4. Keep the specimen in a cool place. Refrigerate if possible, but do not freeze.

  5. Deliver the specimen to the lab as soon as possible after completion of last collection.

*Ask your provider of any medications to be discontinued or foods to avoid.

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