Urines for M,C&S – Change of Sample Tubes

on Friday, 20 September 2013. Posted in Microbiology, General

The PHE Public Health Laboratory Birmingham (at Heartlands Hospital) are changing the type of sample tubes required for urines sent for microscopy, culture and sensitivity testing (M,C&S)

Urines for M,C&S – Change of Sample Tubes

What are the new urine sample tubes like?

  • The new tubes are smaller and have a 10ml capacity.
  • They will still be available in both a “red top” boric acid containing version and plain “white top” version.

When will the change happen?

  • The new style of tubes will be available to order from 23rd September 2013.
  • We will stop accepting urine samples for M,C&S in the old style of tubes from December 2013.

Why is the change happening?

  • The new tubes will fit directly onto the laboratory’s cell counters. This will speed up the processing of urines and improve quality.
  • The smaller volume required to fill the new style boric acid containers should also reduce the number of samples we cannot process due to them being under-filled.

When should red and white top tubes be used?

  • Please use boric acid sample containers (red tops) for urines for M,C&S if samples will not sent to the lab immediately. The boric acid preserves urine sample quality if there is any delay in reaching the lab, thus reducing false positive cultures. 
  • If 10ml of urine to fill the bottle cannot be obtained, please use a plain white top sample tube and refrigerate the sample while it is waiting for transport. The minimum sample volume for white tops is 5ml.
  • For urines for tests other than M,C&S (e.g. legionella antigen, virology, mycobacteria culture, chlamydia) please continue to use the sample containers currently required for those tests.
New pathology supplies requisition forms will can be downloaded from: GPs and Wards

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