Pediatric urine for culture

  1. I am an RN responsible for clinical practice in 5 health centers spread over 4 counties. Some of our physicians will only accept cath urine specimens for culture. What is your standard?
    Thanks for your help.
  2. Poll: What is your first choice for collection of pedi urine for culture in the office?

    • sterile puc

      0% 0
    • ccms

      66.67% 2
    • catheterization

      33.33% 1
    • supra-pubic

      0% 0
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  4. by   PedsoncCNS
    To get a good midstream I believe that the nurse needs to help the child to be sure the child wipes before he or she goes and gets a midstream catch.
  5. by   nur20
    I would go with the cath urine for children
  6. by   nurs4kids
    Are you taking about with suspected UTI or just a routine urinalysis? In the hospital, we rarely do a cathed urine (we really try to keep the hospitalization as untraumatic as possible). Of course, ours is usually for routine studies, not suspected UTI's. We rarely get a false-positive. We even clean and bag the babies, so no midstream catch.