Urine collection FAQ

General urine collection questions

Do you have any product that will collect urine from a Foley Catheter?

Yes, BD offers the BD Vacuatiner® Luer-Lok Access Device which can be used with any BD urine collection tube.

Do you have a sterile urine transfer straw?

This product is not sterile but we have a sterile urine cup with integrated transfer device.(#364975)

BD Vacutainer urine collection cup questions

Are the bulk-packed urine cups considered sterile?

These cups have sterile interiors.

What is the total volume capacity for the BD Vacutainer® urine collection cup?

The BD Vacutainer® urine collection cup is a plastic cup graduated to indicate a volume capacity of 4.5 oz or 120 mL of urine.

How do I dispose of used urine specimen cup?

The blue lid is considered a sharp, and as such, needs to be disposed of in a sharps container. Dispose of urine according to your facility’s policy and the collection cup in a bio-hazard bag.

BD Vacutainer urine collection kit questions

Why use a BD Vacutainer® Urine Collection kit for urine collection when I can use just a paper cup?

For simple dipstick urine tests performed at the collection site, a paper cup is acceptable. For urine specimens that need to be transported to the lab, the BD Vacutainer® Urine Collection Kit has a sterile interior. It is the closed system that allows fast, easy transfer of urine from the cup to a urinalysis tube, a no additive tube, and/or a culture and sensitivity tube (C&S), and closed tube transport to the laboratory.

Are your BD Vacutainer® Urine Collection Kits considered sterile?

Urine collection kits are not sterile. The cups and tubes have sterile interiors.

BD Vacutainer urine tube questions

What is the preservative in the BD Vacutainer® Culture and Sensitivity Tube (gray top)?

The preservative in the BD Vacutainer® Culture and Sensitivity Tube (gray top) is a combination of sodium formate, sodium borate and boric acid. The preservative helps to preserve and protect the level of bacteria present at collection. It is mercury free.

How long may the urine sample collected in the BD Vacutainer® Culture and Sensitivity Tube be held before a culture is performed, and how long is this sample stable at refrigerated temperatures?

The urine sample may be held at room temperature for 48 hours before test results are compromised. Refrigeration will not extend the stability of the sample.

What is the preservative in the BD Vacutainer® Plastic UA(Urinalysis) Preservative Tube?

The preservative in the BD Vacutainer® UA Preservative tube is a combination of Chlorhexidine, Ethyl Paraben and Sodium Propionate. It is a mercury free preservative that meets the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and American Hospital Associations’s requirements for a mercury free disposal environment.

How long may the urine sample collected in the BD Vacutainer® Plastic UA Preservative Tube be held before urinalysis testing?

The urine sample may be held at room temperature for 72 hours. Refrigeration will not extend the stability time frame.

Does the UA preservative have any effect on the KOVA system?

No, the preservative has been analyzed on the KOVA system for manual microscopy and there were no effects on the physical characteristics of the sediment.

Is the BD Vacutainer® Plastic UA Preservative Tube compatible with analyzers?

BD has done studies on various instruments.

The white papers may be accessed on the BD website at www.bd.com/vacutainer under the section entitled “Library of Clinical Documentation”.

Can the BD Vacutainer® Culture and Sensitivity Preservative Tube be used for routine urinalysis testing?

BD does not recommend using the Culture and Sensitivity preservative tube for routine urinalysis testing. Erroneous results may be seen for several of the chemistry parameters.

Can the BD Vacutainer® Plastic UA Preservative Tube be used for pregnancy test?

BD has done studies using the BD Vacutainer® Plastic UA Preservative Tube for pregnancy test. The white paper may be accessed on the BD website at www.bd.com/vacutainer under the section entitled “Library of Clinical Documentation”.

Can the BD Vacutainer® Plastic UA Preservative Tube be used for urine drug screens and culture and sensitivity tests?

BD does not recommend using the UA Preservative Tube for drug screen and culture and sensitivity tests. The no additive BD urine collection tube is recommended.

What type of plastic is used to manufacture BD Vacutainer® urine collection tubes?

BD Vacutainer® urine collection tubes are made out of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic.

What is the minimum volume of urine that should be collected into urine preservative tubes?

The acceptable minimum draw volume for a BD Vacutainer® Plastic UA Preservative Tube is 7 mL and for a BD Vacutainer® Culture and Sensitivity Preservative Tube is 3 mL.

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