Collect urine in gray top tube (preferred).
Clean catch and catheter samples are also acceptable.
Refrigerated. Transport time: preferably less than one hour and no greater than two.
Urine may be stored up to 24 hours at 4°C.
24 hours in gray top; 2 hours in sterile cup
A clean catch midstream urine should be obtained before antibiotic administration.
First morning specimens are preferred in all cases.
A catheter specimen is also acceptable.
7 days a week
URINE, Urine culture, culture