Urine dipstick tests
A look at dipstick testing in outpatient clinics
- By: Kesavapillai Subramonian, Hannah Frances MacDonald, Ravi Kiran Vijapurapu, Sohraab Yadav
Urine dipstick testing is cheap, easy, readily accessible, and gives instant results. It can also act as a screening tool for many diseases, making it invaluable in clinical practice. The urine dipstick test is a critical part of the physical examination of any new case in both primary and secondary care, and can be competently carried out and interpreted by anyone.
The sample should be mid-stream, and collected into a sterile container. Check the expiry date and storage conditions of the urine dipstick test. The stick must be quickly dipped into the urine, and then laid to dry on a clean surface. It is important to take the reading at the correct time interval (usually specified on the container) to get an accurate result. However, as with any investigation, the simple urine dipstick test has its limitations.
Proteinuria is the presence of protein in the urine, and none should be