Getting the right urine specimen for the right test

(Aotea News, September 2011)

Different urine tests require different types of urine specimens.

In a recent audit of specimens and requests, we found that medical practitioners often send one urine sample for cytology, urine culture and tuberculosis tests.

These three tests require specific -- and differing -- sample criteria to give the best yield when looking for specific pathogens or cell types.

Please provide separate, clearly labelled specimens and request forms, as shown in the chart.

Urine test chart