I am in a large room in a downtown Toronto hotel, chairs lined up facing the front and around me are over 300 other people, most of whom are here for the same reason I am. A quick glance at hands confirm membership in the RA club - there are more swan necks than down at the waterfront! I am amongst my peeps.
We are here for an RA forum with the impossibly charming title of "The Most Exciting EVER in the History of the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis." The evening is organized by The Arthritis Society and after an introduction by our MC David West, a member of the National Board of Directors, we hear from Mary Kim, who tells us of how RA sidelined her life and then she found a career with The Arthritis Society as a Master Trainer and a leader in the Arthritis Management Program. And then it is time for the keynote speech by Dr. Edward Keystone , a prominent Canadian rheumatologist.
For the next hour and a half, the audience was captivated. Dr. Keystone is a terrific spea...
Urine collection - clean catch; Clean catch urine specimen
Normal values will depend on the specific test ordered, for example, whether you've had a urinalysis or urine culture.
What abnormal results mean
If the urine sample was sent for urinalysis, abnormal results may indicate the presence of white blood cells, red blood cells, or excessive amounts of protein.
If the urine sample was sent for urine culture, abnormal results may indicate excessive growth of bacteria, a urinary tract infection , or a bladder infection.
Definition The RBC urine test measures the number of red blood cells in a urine sample. Alternative Names Red blood cells in urine; Hematuria test; Urine - red blood cells How the test is performed A clean-catch urine sample is needed. To obtain a sample, boys and men should wipe the head of the penis clean. Girls and women need to wipe between the vaginal "lips" (labia) with soapy water and rinse well. Your doctor may give you a special clean-catch kit that contains a cleansing solution and sterile wipes. Urinate a small amount into the toilet bowl to clear the urethra of any contaminants. Then, collect a sample of urine in a clean or sterile container. About 1 - 2 ounces of urine is needed for a test. Remove the container from the urine stream without stopping the flow. You may finish urinating into the toilet bowl. Take the sample to the lab. For infants, the genital area is cleaned and dried, and then a collection device is attached to collect the urine. If you are asked to collect the ur...
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