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BD Vacutainer® Plus C&S preservative tube

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The BD Vacutainer® Culture & Sensitivity (C&S) Tubes are designed for culture and sensitivity testing of bacteria present in the urinary tract. Metabolic changes of urine analytes and overgrowth of bacteria may be prevented by addition of stabilisers.2

With BD Vacutainer® C&S Tubes, urine specimens for culture and sensitivity testing can be preserved for up to 48 hours* without refrigeration; reducing "false positives" and stabilising specimens to better reflect patient specimens at the time of collection.3

Features and Benefits
Sample preservation

Our lyophilized preservative (boric acid, sodium formate, sodium borate and mannitol) maintains the specimen integrity for up to 48 hours at room temperature*.

Ease of use

The evacuated system with a minimum fill line (of 3 mL) enhances a proper additive-to-urine ratio if filled correctly.

Closed system

The tube can help prevent specimen contact and leakage during transportation and helps keep your pneumatic systems dry.


Specimens can be preserved for up to 48 hours* without refrigeration.

Mercury-free design

BD Vacutainer® C&S Preservative Urine Tubes for Culture and Sensitivity are mercury free**.

Dimensions and volume

Two tubes configurations are available:

  • 13 mm x 75 mm and 4.0mL
  • 16 mm x 100 mm and 10.0mL

The tube includes a BD Hemogard™ stopper.



Please note, not all products, services or features of products and services may be available in your local area. Please check with your local BD representative.


* BD Vacutainer® Urine Products Instructions for use.

**In compliance with the memorandum of understanding between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and American Hospital Association calling for the elimination of all mercury waste in hospitals by the year 2005.

***Stabiliser for microbiological investigations consisting of a combinaison of sodium
formate, sodium borate, boric acid and mannitol, up to 48-hour stabilisation of bacterial growth at room temperature.1

Not all products and services may be available in your area. Please contact a BD representative for more information.

  1. Kouri T, Vuotari L, Pohjavaara S. Laippala P. Preservation of urine for flow cytometric and visual microscopic testing. Clin Chem. 2002;48(6 Pt 1):900-5
  2. Delanghe J, Speeckaert M. Preanalytical requirements of urinalysis. Biochem Med (Zagreb). 2014;24(1):89-104.
  3. Eisinger SW, Schwartz M, Dam L, Riedel S. Evaluation of the BD Vacutainer Plus Urine C&S Preservative Tubes compared with nonpreservative urine samples stored at 4°C and room temperature. Am J Clin Pathol. 2013;140(3):306-313.