Quick-Wee Cutaneous Stimulation Could Be an Easier Way to Collect Urine in Infants — Physician’s First Watch

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April 10, 2017

Quick-Wee Cutaneous Stimulation Could Be an Easier Way to Collect Urine in Infants

By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH

A noninvasive stimulation technique could help clinicians collect a clean catch urine sample in infants, according to a study in The BMJ.

Australian researchers enrolled roughly 350 infants (aged 1 to 12 months) who presented to a pediatric emergency department and required a urine sample. Infants were randomized to either a standard clean catch or the Quick-Wee technique, in which the clinician or parent rubbed gauze soaked in cold saline in a circular motion on the infant's suprapubic area for as long as 5 minutes.

A higher proportion of infants in the Quick-Wee group voided their urine within 5 minutes than did those exposed to a standard clean catch (31% vs. 12%).

An editorialist concludes: "For those who advocate or operate a clean catch technique, the Quick-Wee method will be a welcome advance, with good supporting evidence that could and probably should be incorporated into new and updated guidance and used to improve this difficult area of practice."

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