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Urine Dipstick

From Mediwikis


  • Wash hands.
  • Introductions, explanation and consent - if there is a patient there.
  • Check patient details on the urine sample bottle and when it was taken (should be <4 hours old).
  • Comment on the colour, clarity and odour of the urine sample.
  • Dipsticks should be stored in a cool, dry place with the lid on (not in the fridge).
  • Check the use by date.
  • Check the instructions on the bottle for the timing of the reading (different brands have to be left after dipping for different amounts of time prior to reading).
  • Use gloves and don apron.
  • Carefully take the top of the urine sample (ensure you do not touch the testing zones) and dip the dipstick in until all the raised areas are covered.
  • Leave the dipstick for the required amount of time and then read it by comparing the colour changes to the sample on the side of the bottle.
  • Dispose of the dipstick and sample, remove gloves and wash hands.
  • Record findings thoroughly in the notes, include:
    • Patient details
    • Date and time
    • Who you are and designation
    • What you did (i.e. 'urine dip performed') and why you did it (e.g. 'as the patient has pyrexia of unknown origin)
    • What you found, write down everything the dipstick looks for from the side of the bottle and the results that you got
    • Sign name, print name, designation, contact number


If you don't have much of a sample then try using a syringe, draw the sample into it and then run the urine over the dipstick using the syringe.

Infection may come up as positive for nitrites, leukocytes, protein and blood.