As previously mentioned, because noninvasive methods for collecting urine must rely on a specimen that has passed through a contaminated milieu, quantitative cultures for the diagnosis of UTI are used to discriminate between contamination, colonization, and infection. Refer to Table 5-1 for a quick reference for collecting, transporting, and processing urinary tract specimens.
Figure 57-2 Collection device to obtain a urine by "in and out" or "straight," catheterization. (Courtesy Tristaie Hospital Supply Corp., Howell, Mich.)
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