I’m doing a urine dip looking for leukocytes. It is negative at 120 seconds. Looks positive at 5 minutes. Is it negative?
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I just posted a “how to” on urine dips … you can check it out here: http://www.mightynurse.com/ask-a-nurse-forums/topic/urine-dips/
If the leukocytes are negative at SIXTY seconds, they are NEGATIVE and you can record that, along with all of the other values you are measuring, which are all read at SIXTY seconds. If the leukocytes, and only the leukocytes have ANY measurable color which will make them the least bit positive, then you record everything else at the sixty second mark and record the FINAL leukocyte value at 120 seconds. After this, you throw it away and you never look at it for a five minute evaluation. It doesn’t matter what it does after 120 seconds, and if it was negative at 60 seconds, you don’t care what it reads after sixty seconds … you only let it go to 120 if it was positive at sixty seconds, and then only the leukocytes get the extra minute …. everything else gets recorded at sixty seconds.
Read the link above. Happy dipping (and if you are actually DIPPING the strip in the urine, you really MUST read the link above.)
Thank you! Just out of curiosity i wonder why nothing on the strip really changes after a long period of time except the leukocytes. I now understand if I get a neg at 60 sec it’s neg.
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