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Quick-Wee: a novel non-invasive urine collection method
  1. Jonathan Kaufman1,2,3,
  2. Shidan Tosif2,3,4,
  3. Patrick Fitzpatrick1,2,
  4. Sandy M Hopper1,2,
  5. Penelope A Bryant2,3,4,
  6. Susan M Donath2,5,
  7. Franz E Babl1,2,3
  1. 1Emergency Department, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  4. 4Department of General Medicine, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  5. 5Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Franz Babl, Emergency Department, Royal Children's Hospital, 50 Flemington Rd, Parkville, Melbourne, VIC 3052, Australia; franz.babl{at}


Background Clean catch urine (CCU) collection in precontinent children is often time-consuming, with associated collection failure. We hypothesise that stimulating cutaneous reflexes hastens voiding for CCU.

Methods 40 children aged 1–24 months in the ED. Standard CCU was augmented with gentle suprapubic cutaneous stimulation using saline-soaked gauze (Quick-Wee method).

Results 12/40 (30%) children voided within 5 min for successful CCU. Parental and clinician satisfaction was high.

Conclusions Quick-Wee appears to be a simple method to speed CCU in young children.

  • paediatric emergency med
  • paediatrics
  • uro-genital

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  • Contributors JK was responsible for identifying the research question. All authors contributed to the study design and development of the protocol. JK was responsible for drafting this paper and finalising the manuscript. All authors provided comments on the drafts and approved the final version.

  • Funding This study was funded in part by the Shepherd Foundation, Melbourne, Australia. JK has been part funded by an Avant Doctor In Training Research Scholarship and Royal Australasian College of Physicians Basser Research Entry Scholarship. FEB is supported in part by a National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Excellence Research Grant for paediatric emergency medicine (GNT 1058560) and a Royal Children's Hospital Foundation Grant, Melbourne Australia. The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne receives infrastructure support from the Victorian Government's Infrastructure Support Program, Melbourne, Australia.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval Royal Children's Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.