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24 hr Urine Collection - Outpatient

Clean Catch Mid-Stream Collection


Occult Blood Collection






24 hr Urine Collection - Outpatient

Your physician has ordered a laboratory test called a 24-hour urine collection test.  The results of this test will assist in making a diagnosis for your symptoms, and therefore, will enable the physician to treat you.  Please follow these collection instructions carefully. It is very important for getting accurate results from your specimen.

  • Begin no later than 8:00 a.m. on the first morning.
  • Do not void directly into the provided container – transfer using the provided, clean collection container (hat) and rinse with tap water after each use.
  • Keep the provided container in a cool place, i.e. refrigerator.
  • Maintain your normal intake of fluids, avoiding alcohol.
  • Avoid vigorous exercises during the testing period.
  • Upon awakening, empty your bladder into the toilet (“void”).  DO NOT SAVE THIS SPECIMEN.   Record the time you voided.  (This will be the START TIME of the 24 hour collection and needs to be written below.)
  • For the next 24 hours, collect all urine you void and pour it into the provided container.
  • The second morning, EXACTLY 24 hours from the START TIME, void one final time and add the specimen to the container.
    1. It is important to make an attempt to void even if you don’t feel as if you have to.
    2. If no urine is collected, this is still your time completed.
  • Cap the container well.
  • Fill in the time COMPLETED below, and place the container into a plastic bag to contain any leaks.  Then place the bagged container into a second bag for transport to the lab.
  • Return the container to the lab as soon as possible after the completion of the collection.
  • When returning the container to the lab, please check to see if a blood collection is needed also.






Clean Catch Mid-Stream Collection

Your physician has ordered a urine test to be done in which the presence or absence of bacteria or other cells is important. Please read the following brief instructions for specimen collection prior to coming in for the testing:

The specimen for this test can be easily contaminated, thereby affecting the results. In order to obtain accurate and valid results, it is extremely important that proper technique, especially the cleansing portion, be used when collecting the urine specimen. This will enable the doctor to accurately evaluate the results of the tests.

  • Urinalysis
  • Urine Culture

Please follow these instructions for the urine collection:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap.
  • Open the sterile cup; be careful to not touch the label covering the hole in the lid or the inside of the cup or lid. Set the cup and lid (topside down) on a shelf or sink.
  • Open the towelette and wash genital area thoroughly as follows:
    • Female:
      • Spread folds of skin and hold open
      • Wash area from front to back only. Keep skin spread open.
    • Male:
      • Retract foreskin completely.
      • Wash tip of penis. Keep skin retracted.
  • Keeping area open, urinate, passing the first portion into the toilet. Keep area open.
  • Hold the outside of the cup with your other hand and DO NOT touch the rim of the cup with skin, fingers, or clothing. Still keeping area open, urinate into the container.
  • Without touching the inside of the lid, place it on the container tightly.
  • Write your name on the outside of the cup.
  • Deliver to the laboratory within an hour.
    • Refrigerate the specimen if there is any delay in delivery.

If you have further questions, please call the laboratory at 620-635-2241.



If your doctor has ordered laboratory tests with instructions to fast, that means that you must not have anything to eat or drink for a specified period before your test is collected.  Certain laboratory test results are inaccurate following the ingestion and digestion of food or drink. Blood sugar (glucose) and triglycerides are two examples of tests that are affected by food and drink.  Your doctor will tell you how many hours to fast prior to your test (usually 8, 12, or 14):

  • Do not eat or drink anything (except water) during the time period stated before you go to the laboratory to have your specimen collected.
  • You may drink a small amount of water, but no juice, tea or coffee.
  • Do not smoke, chew gum, or exercise.
  • Continue to take any medications unless instructed otherwise by you physician

AHC Laboratory opens at 7:00 am, Monday through Friday, so you may time your fast accordingly, and have your specimen collected first thing in the morning.  Afterwards, you may resume your normal diet.



Occult Blood Collection

Note: No Dietary or Drug Restrictions are required for collection.

See link for instructions.



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