Thursday, December 7, 2023


Table of Contents


  1. Laboratory form
  2. Specimen container
  3. Bedpan or urinal
  4. Disposable gloves
  5. Tissue
  6. Ballpoint pen
  7. Mackintosh and dressing towel
  8. Series of specimen bottles


  1. Confirm physician/doctor’s request against the specimen form with patient’s name, date and content of urinalysis (manual or electronic)
  2. Establish rapport with patient (Refer to steps)
  3. Explain the procedure (Refer to steps)
  4. Assemble requirements
  5. Label the containers or bottles with the following information:
    • Name of patient
    • Ward
    • Specimen
    • Examination required
    • Time, date of commencement and completion of collection of specimen
  6. Choose a suitable time e.g. 9am to 9am the following day
  7. Review instructions with patient in the morning of commencement of collection
  8. Put labelled container in a suitable place near patient’s bed
  9. Ask patient to pass urine at the time collection begins and discard it
  10. Instruct patient to pass all subsequent urine into bedpan/urinal for the next 24 hours. This is poured into the labelled container
  11. Ask patient to pass urine at time the test ends and add this to collected urine
  12. Record total amount of urine collected on fluid chart and document in nurses’ notes (manual or electronic)
  13. Perform hand hygiene
  14. Dispatch specimen with appropriate laboratory form to laboratory