oa Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery - The use of gram stain and centrifuged urine microscopy as a screening test for bacteriuri

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1682-5055



The presence of bacteria in urine is called bacteriuria, and large numbers of urine samples are sent to the laboratory for microscopy / culture / sensitivity of the causative organisms. In some cases, the results of the cultures are negative after 24 to 48 hours of incubation. The culturing of negative urine samples is a huge burden on the laboratory in terms of cost, materials and man-hour.

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