Reply To: Urine Specific Gravity and pH

  • Jessica Whitlock

    April 13, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Cara
    Thanks for your response. This may sound like a ridiculous question but does your lab realize you are using cotton balls to collect the chemo urine? That is where we ran into trouble, apparently our lab said they were never aware of the cotton ball collection method.

    Thanks for your time, Jessica

    ——Original Message——

    We use cotton balls or gauze. Haven’t had issues. 

    Cara Johnson RNIII, BSN, CPON®

    Clinical Manager

    Hematology/Oncology Inpatient

    Cincinnati Childrens Hospital

    Work: (513)803-0306

    Cell: (513) 490-9253

    Original Message:
    Sent: 03-25-2015 02:13 PM
    From: Jessica Whitlock
    Subject: Urine Specific Gravity and pH

    This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: APHON Open Forum and Inpatient Staff Hospital Issues .
    Our lab has recently told us we cannot collect urine samples for diapered patients with cotton balls due to inaccurate lab results. We do have PediBags but want to avoid the excessive skin damage from the adhesive and the ‘urine chemo’ sitting on the patient in the collection bag. We are considering foleys for diapered patients but would like to avoid due to risk of infection What do other institutions do to collect urine during HD MTX?

    Jessica Whitlock, CPHON,CPNP,MSN,RN
    Enon, OH
    United States