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Urine Dipstick

Alternate Names
Including clinical trials dipstix
Spot Urine
70ml Sterile Container (yellow top)
Additional Collection Instructions


The following procedures are for patient-collect specimens and can be collected at home by the patient, with the exception of collection of a urine specimen from a catheter which requires the Collectors assistance and drug screening tests which require supervision by the Collector.

Mid-Stream Urine (MSU) for Microscopy, Culture and Sensitivities (MC&S)

1 Patient Identification

2 Prepare collection equipment:

50ml yellow topped sterile container

3 sterile water wipes

Label with the patients details, collection date and time

3  Hand Hygiene

The collector is required to explain the collection procedure to the patient:


a.    Cleanse Labia front to back with sterile water wipe, discard wipe, repeat x2

b.    Urinate first stream into the toilet

c.    Collect the flow of the next 30 -40 mls into the sterile pot, minimum of 10mls

d.    Collection of MSU should be avoided during menses


a.   Cleanse the tip of the penis with the sterile water wipe, discard wipe, repeat x2

b.   Withdraw the foreskin and urinate first stream into the toilet

c.   Collect the flow of the next 30-40 mls into the sterile pot, minimum of 10mls

4  Send Urine specimen with request form to the laboratory ASAP.

5  Perform Hand Hygiene


Store at 4ºC until forwarding to the laboratory


Minimum Adult Volume
Minimum Paediatric Volume
Reference Interval
Specific Gravity 1.005 - 1.030
pH 5.0 - 8.5
Leucocytes Negative
Nitrites Negative
Protein Negative
Glucose Negative
Ketones Negative
Urobilinogen 3.2 umol/L - 16 umol/L
Bilirubin Negative
Blood Negative
Test Code
Storage Instructions
Store at 4 deg C
Transport Instructions
Transport at 4 deg C