Sunday, May 15, 2016
Even the lowly UA has become complicated
UAs. So easy. So routine. One of the easiest things I do as an ER nurse. Used to be anyway....
Now even the lowly UA has become complicated. Instead of taking the UA cup , labeling it and sending it off, now they have added steps. You, my dears, the UA cup is no longer just a UA cup. It has become a complex specimen creating contraption.
Allow me to elaborate: Your friendly neighborhood urine cup now has a hollow tube in the middle. On the top of the container is a a needle with rubber over it. Said urine cup comes with two specimen blood type tube with the usual rubber stopper. Once you get the specimen you have to put the tube on the needle and it fills the tube with urine all spiffy like. You send the tube to lab, not the specimen cup. The specimen cup is thrown in a waste basket with all the other urine specimen cups. For some reason the urine is not emptied out before being tossed. Apparently there is a gnome in the basement whose job it is to empty all the urine down the sewer....
My thoughts about all of this: just shoot me now.
Posted by girlvet at 2:27 PM