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Obtaining a clean catch urine sample from a baby

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 07 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1684
  1. A Kilonback, consultant paediatrician
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, Epsom, Surrey, UK
  1. Anna.kilonback{at}

New quick and easy technique improves success rates

There are many situations, in primary and secondary care, when a urine sample is required as part of the safe management of an infant or child, yet the practicalities of obtaining samples can be upsetting for children and challenging for both carers and practitioners. In the linked paper (doi:10.1136/bmj.j1341), Kaufman and colleagues have developed and assessed a “Quick-Wee” method that may improve the success rate of obtaining a clean catch urine sample from a baby, in a timely manner that is likely to be highly acceptable to parents and practitioners.1

Urinary tract infection is common in children and babies and can lead to sepsis, renal scarring, and chronic kidney disease. Early identification and appropriate treatment is therefore crucial. However, the presentation is usually non-specific in a pre-continent and preverbal child and includes poor feeding, lethargy, …

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