Quick-Wee: a novel non-invasive urine collection method

Emerg Med J. 2017 Jan;34(1):63-64. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2016-206000. Epub 2016 Aug 26.


Background: Clean catch urine (CCU) collection in precontinent children is often time-consuming, with associated collection failure. We hypothesise that stimulating cutaneous reflexes hastens voiding for CCU.

Methods: 40 children aged 1-24 months in the ED. Standard CCU was augmented with gentle suprapubic cutaneous stimulation using saline-soaked gauze (Quick-Wee method).

Results: 12/40 (30%) children voided within 5 min for successful CCU. Parental and clinician satisfaction was high.

Conclusions: Quick-Wee appears to be a simple method to speed CCU in young children.

Keywords: paediatric emergency med; paediatrics; uro-genital.

MeSH terms

  • Bandages
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Physical Stimulation
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Urine Specimen Collection / methods*


  • Sodium Chloride