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    Urine sample

    I know this is a no no, but just how bad is it to take a sample from a drain bag, thats been there for a few hours?

    I the situation is, My bladders spasming tight as I try to do I/C's, so I'm suspecting a UTI. But cause I can't cath, I can't get a fresh sample.
    I do reflex void at about 300cc's but retain 150cc, so I do an I/C very morning.

    Just wondering how bad my samples going to be, as theres no other way I knew to get a sample.

    BAH....... I just wantta cath

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    That's what I have always done buddy. I use bleach/water solution to clean/kill mine daily, so I just avoided cleaning it 24hrs prior to sample.
    Bet you get a bunch of nays from the whitejackets on this I say ignore them though, the lab always caught/rx'ed the bug OUR way, it's a LOT less hassle.

    I figured since the bug originally came from OUTSIDE me, the best place to look was the bag

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    No, we would never collect, and the lab would not accept a specimen taken from a bag. If you have an indwelling catheter, we will take it from the sample port (with a blunt needle and syringe). If you have an external condom catheter (ECC) it cannot be taken from the drainage tubing or bag. Either a cathed specimen or clean catch would be needed. You only need about 10-15 cc. for a urine culture.

    To collect a clean catch, you must clean the meatus and glans with an antiseptic wipe, wipe off the antiseptic, pee a little, then insert the cup to catch the mid-stream of the urine (after you have peed a little). You may be able to do this by triggering if you have a lot of bladder spasm.

    You may indeed have different bugs growing in your bag than are inside your bladder.

    (KLD)

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    My problem is I can't cath. Hence why I'm checking for a uti... My sphicter is spasming shut when I try to do them. I couldn't even get a spasm to pee any out, which was my back up plan, which has been happening up until today.

    I needed the sample... so I did a last ditched effort. Oh We'll, see whats happens.

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    If you can't either cath or pee, you need to go to the ER. Your bladder has to empty somehow. They may have to do a cystoscopic indwelling catheter placement, or a temporary SP catheter to drain your urine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse
    If you can't either cath or pee, you need to go to the ER. Your bladder has to empty somehow. They may have to do a cystoscopic indwelling catheter placement, or a temporary SP catheter to drain your urine.

    (KLD)
    No No, I can pee, I void with no issues, but do to residual amounts, I I/C once a day.

    But lately, my bladders been tight, and i started having cath issues.... If I couldn't void/pee, I wouldn't have been around to post.

    I ironically, just had my system, kidneys bladder, etc, ultra sounded and all looked normal, thankfully.

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