Children's Mercy Kansas City
Culture- Urine Bacterial

CMH Lab Section

Specimen Requirements
Midstream urine, first morning specimen is optimal


Turn Around Time
48 hrs

Special Instructions
Collect urine in a sterile container. Do not use a bedpan or urinal. Straight cath specimen is optimal for avoiding skin contamination. Suprapubic aspiration is an option for infants.

Transport to the lab within 30 minutes or refrigerate up to 24 hours. Refrigeration is not required if transport tube with appropriate preservative is used.

Foley Catheter tips are unacceptable for culture.

No bacteria isolated

Copyright © 1996-2016 The Children's Mercy Hospital