Boricon Preservative Tubes for Urine Culture

Beginning today, July 11, 2013, Boricon tubes for urine culture (PS# 74542, picture below) will be widely available at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  These contain a preservative that places bacteria in a state of stasis, preventing overgrowth or bacterial death that can result in false-positive, false-negative, or falsely “contaminated” urine cultures that have simply overgrown.

Boricon tubes are therefore now the preferred, but not the only, method for sending urine for culture.

Some key points about Boricon tubes:

Boricon Preservative Tube

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