Urine Sample from Foley

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    what is the best (cleanest) way to obtain a urine sample from a foley catheter?
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    I have gone to different hospitals and they all have different procedures. I was told in school, clamp the foley and use a syringe with needle to pierce the tubing. The tubing should seal itself.

    But in the hospital I worked the usual procedure was to empty the bag and wait about 30ml and then collect the new urine.

    Hope this helps,
    Last edit by soontobenurse2 on Jul 14, '07 : Reason: add info
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    You would never pierce the actual tubing, as that would create an entry for microorganisms - I've never heard of tubing that would seal itsself. THere should however, be a port along the tubing that you would swab with alcohol and aspirate the urine from with a needle/syringe (after clamping for a time).
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    clamp tubing, aspirate from port.
    i agree about not piercing the tubing.

    leslie
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    We were taught to clamp and draw it from the port. As often as the bag is opened to empty...it would not be a clean place to obtain a sample from.
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    thanks all for your replies.
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    Quote from Aprilhere
    We were taught to clamp and draw it from the port. As often as the bag is opened to empty...it would not be a clean place to obtain a sample from.

    Especially because urine can be sitting in the bag for hours sometimes. That's definitely long enought for things to fester. As for the self-sealing tubing, could you be getting the foley tubing mixed up with chest tube tubing? The tubing on a chest tube is self sealing and you can get samples from piercing with a needle.
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    our ports are supposed to be used for gettnig samples, but once a needle goes in there, the blasted things leak forever. I usually just get sterile, disconnect from the drainage bag and use a toomey syringe to pull from the catheter.
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    Are we the only ones that have needleless foley ports? I just screw a syringe on to the closest port to the patient and aspirate what is in the tubing. No needles required
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    Use alcohol prep to prep port (close to connection site "Foley-bag") withdraw 20 ml''s from port, port is self sealfing, ideally
    Diana


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