Proper Techniques for Storing Urine Samples Overnight

Urine samples are commonly required for medical tests and examinations. If you have been asked to collect a urine sample, it is important that you take the necessary measures to store it properly until you can deliver it. In some cases, your doctor may ask you to store the sample overnight if there isn’t enough time for examination on the same day. In this post, we will be discussing how to store urine samples safely and securely so that they do not get contaminated or spoil.

Collecting Urine Sample

The first step in storing a urine sample properly is collecting one correctly. You must follow these steps:

1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling any materials.

2. Use a clean container specifically designed for holding urine specimens (your doctor may provide or suggest one).

3. Begin urination into the toilet bowl first and then transfer midstream flow of urine from urethra directly into the specimen cup/container without touching its inner part.

4. Fill up approximately 30-60 ml of urine specimen in container only.

5. Cap tightly with screw-on lids.

6.Label the cup/container with identification information such as name, age, date/time of collection

7.Deliver it as soon as possible after collecting.

Storing Urine Samples Overnight

If your doctor has asked you to store your urine sample overnight before delivery, follow these guidelines:

Cool Temperature Storage

The best way to preserve a sample is by refrigerating at cool temperature between 1-8°C(35-46°F), put ice packs around container while transporting too.
Note: Your refrigerator should also be set below 5°C

Avoid Contamination During Storage Duration

It’s essential that during storage period no contamination occurs either within container or outer surface/top lid of container. It is advisable to wash your hands before and after transferring the sample into or out of the fridge.

Keep Away From Sunlight

Make sure that you store your urine sample away from direct sunlight, as exposure to UV rays can spoil it or lead to a false result.

Tips for Safe Handling and Disposal

Once you hand in your urine specimen, do not reuse any part of container again.
Dispose of used containers properly by placing them in trash bags with lids.
Wash your hands with hot water and soap after handling any materials related to storing urine samples including specimen container, gloves etc.

In conclusion, proper storage conditions are essential for preserving a urine sample until it can be examined by a doctor. Follow all guidelines carefully during collection and storage period. By doing so, you will ensure accurate results so that treatment plans may effectively move forward without delay.

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