Facts about urine sample collection

  • Of the 65 million urine samples collected each year, 14.5 million will be contaminated

  • This means that, each day, 59,000 people may not receive an accurate diagnosis or effective treatment because of incorrect test results from their urine sample

  • We believe the national average contamination rate is 22.5%

  • In some NHS Trusts, contamination rates can rise to over 70%

The financial cost

  • It is estimated that the new standards that we are calling for could save the NHS up to over £30 million in direct costs and up to £1.3 billion in indirect costs.

  • The NHS spent £434 million in 2013/14 on treating 184,000 patients in unplanned admissions associated with a UTI

The impact on patients with UTIs

  • Treating a UTI relies significantly on accurate specimen collection

  • Nearly 1 in 3 women will have had at least one UTI by the age of 24

  • Around 1 in 30 boys will have a UTI by the age of 16

  • An untreated UTI can lead to sepsis, which is a life threatening condition

The impact on pregnancies

  • It is estimated that around 5 million urine samples are given by pregnant women each year

  • An accurate urine sample during pregnancy can provide an important guide on the health of both mother and baby. It could tell a doctor…. Ultimately, an accurate test could be lifesaving.


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