Remember, a urine specimen collected from an indwelling catheter bag is not
acceptable for laboratory testing unless it is the first urine drained into a new
i. Place a sign above the patient's bed "Urine Tubing Temporarily Clamped."
j. When sufficient urine has accumulated in the tubing, cleanse the aspiration
port with an alcohol swab.
k. Expel all air from the syringe.
Insert the needle into the aspirating port.
m. Withdraw the desired volume of urine.
(1) The amount of urine needed will vary, depending on the laboratory
Refer questions to your laboratory technician.
n. Withdraw the needle and transfer the urine from the syringe into the sterile
o. Remove the rubber band or screw clamp so urine can drain freely into the
drainage bag once again.
p. Remove the sign placed above the patient's bed.
q. Complete the appropriate laboratory request slips.
r. Label urine specimen and send it to the laboratory within 30 minutes of
s. Dispose of the needle and syringe in the appropriate location.
t. Record procedure in patient's clinical record. Report significant observations
to professional nurse, as appropriate.
2-23. CONTINUOUS BLADDER IRRIGATION
a. Preparatory Phase.
(1) Review the patient's clinical record to verify physician's order and to
become familiar with reason(s) for performing continuous bladder irrigation. Irrigation of
the bladder is done for the following reasons: