LabFacts 29: Urine Cultures

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Read LabFacts 29 and be able to:

  1. State the two methods of urine cultures that are classified as moderately complex tests.
  2. Describe the specimen collection and handling requirements associated with urine cultures.
  3. Compare and contrast the two methods of urine cultures in terms of performing a colony count, and identification of organisms.
  4. Explain how to perform a urine colony count.
  5. Compare and contrast the different microbiology media used to isolate and identify urine cultures and the expected information that can be obtained.
  6. Discuss the general quality control and proficiency testing requirements associated with performing urine cultures.
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