A New Technique for Fast and Safe Collection of Urine in Newborns

Arch Dis Child. 2013 Jan;98(1):27-9. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2012-301872. Epub 2012 Nov 21.

Abstract

Aim: To describe and test a new technique to obtain midstream urine samples in newborns.

Design and methods: This was a prospective feasibility and safety study conducted in the neonatal unit of University Infanta Sofía Hospital, Madrid. A new technique based on bladder and lumbar stimulation manoeuvres was tested over a period of 4 months in 80 admitted patients aged less than 30 days. The main variable was the success rate in obtaining a midstream urine sample within 5 min. Secondary variables were time to obtain the sample and complications.

Results: This technique was successful in 86.3% of infants. Median time to sample collection was 45 s (IQR 30). No complications other than controlled crying were observed.

Conclusions: A new, quick and safe technique with a high success rate is described, whereby the discomfort and waste of time usually associated with bag collection methods can be avoided.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Prospective Studies
  • Urine Specimen Collection / methods*