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BCH Order Code UMIC Urine Microscopic Only, Urine

Performing Laboratory

Boulder Community Health

Specimen Requirements

Specimen must arrive within 30 minutes of collection. If this is not possible, the specimen may be refrigerated for up to 2 hours, however, the specimen must be received in the laboratory within 2 hours of collection or the results may be adversely affected due to deterioration of the specimen.


Container/Tube: VACUTAINER® plastic, screw-top urine cup (kit supplied)

Specimen Volume: 10 mL from a clean-catch, midstream or catheterized urine collection

Collection Instructions: Note type of collection.

1. The first-morning void is preferable.

2. Clean-catch urines for culture should be collected with the VACUTAINER® urine collection kits supplied.

3. Unscrew the cap of the urine cup. Place the cap on the counter, top down. Do not contaminate interior of cap or cup.

4. Cleanse the patient yourself or instruct the patient to collect a clean-catch, midstream specimen as follows:



A. Wipe head of penis in a single motion with the first Towelette®.

B. Repeat with the second Towelette®.

C. If not circumcised, hold the foreskin back before cleansing.

D. Urinate a small amount into the toilet or bedpan and proceed to step #5.



A. Separate the labia.

B. Wipe the inner folds front to back in a single motion with the first Towelette®.

C. Wipe down through center of labial folds with the second Towelette®.

D. Keep the labia separated, urinate a small amount into the toilet or bedpan, and proceed to step #5.


5. Place the cup under the stream and continue to urinate into the cup and collect specimen.

6. Finish voiding into toilet or bedpan.

7. Place the cap on the cup and tighten securely. Give specimen to nurse. Label container with patient’s name (first and last), date and time of collection, initials of person collecting the specimen, and type of specimen. Submit this specimen for urinalysis testing.

8. If a #UC “Culture, Urine” or a #CIND “Culture, Urine, if Indicated” has been ordered in addition, collect the grey-top (lyophilized urine maintenance formula) VACUTAINER® tube from kit as follows:

A. Do not handle the tube by the cap.

B. Remove the paper cover from the filled cup to expose the well containing the needle and push the grey-top (lyophilized urine maintenance formula) covered tube, cap downward, onto the needle.

C. After the tube has filled, remove it from the needle, shake the tube well.

D. If a small amount of urine is collected (<10 mL), remove the lid to the specimen cup. Remove the grey stopper from the culture tube, and pour urine into the tube cup to at least the minimum fill line (5.0 mL) and mix well.

E. Label tube with patient’s name (first and last), date and actual time of collection, patient number, and initial’s of person collecting the specimen.

F. Submit the grey-top (lyophilized urine maintenance formula) VACUTAINER® tube along with the urine cup.

Note:  The grey-top (lyophilized urine maintenance formula) VACUTAINER® tube cannot be used for routine urinalysis testing.

9. Upon delivery of specimen to Boulder Community Hospital Laboratory, specimen must be signed in. STAT specimens must be signed in and handed to a technologist.

10. Please submit routine specimens from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. unless the patient is scheduled for surgery the next day or has trouble voiding.

Reference Values

Descriptive report

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding