At ABC Laboratories we want to improve the testing for Urine cultures by implementing the BD Vacutainer C&S Transfer Straw system.

The system contains a “straw” attached to a vacutainer holder and a special tube for Urine Culture preservation. The patient collects the urine in a cup, and if a urine culture is requested or a Urinalysis Reflex to Culture, place the straw to the bottom of the cup, place the urine culture preservation tube into the vacutainer holder, press the tube to the bottom of the holder, and he urine should aspirate into the tube until it is full. Remove the tube, discard the “straw”, mix the tube end over end 8 to 10 times, and label to the tube with the patients name.

The urine will be preserved for culture with the bacteria stabilized at the concentration at the time of collection. The bacteria will not grow during transport but will be viable for culture on appropriate media.

Please contact our office if you wish to use this system for Urine Culture preservation. Please request the BD Vacutainer C&S Transfer Straw Kit.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Paul Hoyt, Operations Manager, at American Bio-Clinical Laboratories.