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  • Specializes in Ambulatory Case Management, Clinic, Psychiatry. Has 16 years experience.

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Specializes in ER, progressive care. Has 7 years experience.
ER docs are not always the most patient types when it comes to urine, particularly when the pt has a fever and/or a white count with no other explanation for such. An A&O pt always has the right to refuse, but usually just showing them the cath scares the you-know-what out of them, and, well, there's your sample.

This is very true. Urine is like gold in the ER. Not having a urine sample can delay the patient's discharge (unless of course they decide to leave AMA) and course of treatment at times.


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And the psych/substance use patients often can NOT refuse if they are involuntarily there and the urine is the only/best way to determine presence of drugs in their system. The counselors can't even talk to them until presence of drugs is known.