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10 Steps on How to Properly Collect Urine among Pediatrics

10 Steps on How to Properly Collect Urine among Pediatrics

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The likelihood of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) among infants and younger children (older than one month) is a common occurrence as well as a significant clinical problem. UTI symptoms can exhibit nonspecific signs and symptoms for the very young patients. Generally, fever is an indicative factor of UTI for younger children. Priority care and constant observation is highly advised when pediatrics experience urinary infections, as this can easily progress into the upper section (pyelonephritis) which may lead to renal scarring, hypertension and end-stage renal disease.

There is a wide range of collecting samples among pediatrics, it could either be invasive or non-invasive. The latter procedure collects specimen through a urine collector. Yet, in instances wherein children lack sphincter control, obtaining a specimen is difficult. Needle aspiration from the bladder and catheterization may be performed if such situations would occur. To minimize the risk of a serious condition, All Star Medical Supply LLC, your source for laboratory diagnostic supply in 22nd McAllen TX, offers pediatric urine collectors to obtain clean urine samples which doctors need to diagnose a child with UTI.

A laboratory diagnostic supply such as the pediatric urine collector include two towelletes and a sterile urine specimen container. The following instructions will guide you in avoiding contamination of the sample.

Here are 10 steps to properly handle a urine collector:

  • Wash hands properly with soap and water before handling an infant or children to avoid cross-contamination.
  • The genital and perineal areas should be cleaned and dried. It is advisable to give an infant a bath prior to collection and avoid application of creams or powder. Females: Using a presaturated towelettes, gently cleanse the vulva with just one stroke.
    1. Wipe the labia minora (inner fold) using a single downward stroke with a towelette, then discard.
    2. Then the meatus (center area), following the same cleansing technique. Males: Following same in single stroke approach, cleanse the penis working from the meatus outward. Keep the foreskin retracted for uncircumcised patients.
  • The plastic of the urine collector should be held in between your thumb and index finger. Carefully peel back the adhesive coating around the opening of the bag without touching the site with your hands.
  • To enable an unimpeded filling of the bag, the diaper should be loosely fitted at all times. Also, try and maintain an upright position of the child to minimize loss of specimen.
  • If you notice any redness, rashes or any allergic reaction, discontinue utilizing the urine collector.
  • Upon removal of the bag, begin peeling the adhesive away in a gentle manner from the front section (urethral area) towards the back part (perineum).
  • In transferring specimen to the container, cut the container bag with sterile scissors and gently tip it.
  • Indicate the surname, first name, date of birth and date and time of collection on the sample container.
  • The specimen should be delivered immediately to the laboratory or collection center. And in cases wherein delivery is delayed beyond two (2) hours, please refrigerate.

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