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​ ​Specimen Requirements

  • ​Random Urine (specify clean catch, midstream, or catheter)
  • ​Preferred Collection Container: Graduated conical bottom tube with cap
  • Alternative Collection Container: Graduated conical bottom tube without preservative or Sterile container (Starplex or similar container)
​Required Volume
  • ​Optimal Volume: 8 mL
  • Minimum Volume: 3 mL
    (Submitting the minimum volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory/reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum volume may require a second collection.)
  • Pediatric Volume: 1 mL

​Stability/ Storage
  • 48 hours at 25°C with preservative​
  • 4 hours at 2 - 25°C without preservative
Grounds for Rejection​
  • Specimens received where the proper collection protocols were not followed
  • Specimens received more than 4 hours after collection without preservative
  • Less than 7 mL with preservative tube
  • Grossly bloody specimens
  • Unusually colored specimens (i.e.. blue-green): urinalysis will be cancelled and microscopic ordered
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Acceptance and Rejection Criteria   

Testing Information​ ​

  • ​24 hours a day
Testing Site​
  • ​RUH, SCH, SPH
  • Rural-Borden, Cudworth, Delisle, Humboldt, Lanigan, Leroy, Nokomis, Rosthern, Spalding, Strasbourg, Wadena, Wakaw, Watrous, Watson, Wynyard
Results Reporting​
  • In Hospital reported within 1 hour
  • Community urgent reported within 6 hours
  • Community Routine reported within 24 hours
  • ​Reflectance photometry
  • Light microscopy (manual or automated)
​Reflex Testing
  • ​Microscopic analysis will be performed:
    • On leukocyte esterase results greater than or equal to 100 (++)
    • On protein results greater than or equal to 0.75 g/L (++)
    • On blood results greater than or equal to 50 (++)
    • On all specimens with chemical interference due to phenazopyridine or unusually colored urine 
Specimen Retention
  • ​Entire specimen is usually used for analysis
SHR LIS Test Code​
  • AUA (For RUH, SPH, Saskatoon community laboratory sites)​
  • UA, UMIC (All other sites) (For Laboratory Use Only)


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Laboratory Controlled Document LSM-261 v4

Last Modified: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 |
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