URI-TEST is a revolutionary new product which assists in the collection of a urine sample in female patients, providing an easier method for the patient while reducing the risk of sample contamination. Each device comes complete with a biodegradable funnel and coupling device, which fits most test tubes utilized by labs today, making collection simpler and more reliable for the patient and the lab. The device not only has clinical advantages, but post-operative and elderly patients can take advantage of the device which allows urine collection in a standing position, decreasing the pain and discomfort associated with sitting or squatting on toilet seats.
In clinical settings, the device provides a simpler and more effective method when obtaining urine samples for analysis and or culture, allowing the patient to void first then collect the specimen midstream. There is no guesswork involved; the female patient can see the amount being voided into the test tube, thereby reducing any chance of spilling or cross contamination of the sample itself or the need to transfer specimen from a collection cup to vacutainer tubes. Because of its design and ease of use, URI-TEST significantly reduces the risk of false positive urinalysis or culture contamination, reducing expenses incurred by labs for repeat testing that may not be covered by third party payers.
Statistics show that some labs have a consistently high rate of contamination when it comes to urine cultures. The median rate is 15% nationwide, with contamination rates ranging from .8% to 41.7%. Studies show that these numbers remain high, regardless of the collection method used. However, out of 160 female patients tested during our pilot study, not one collected sample tested positive for contamination.
URI-TEST has addressed these concerns by eliminating the problems that cause them. Because of the design of URI-TEST, female patients can now – simply and quickly – collect a perfect sample of a Midstream specimen.