Osmolality In Clinical Chemistry
Education & Training
Osmolality is a fundamental measurement of the total solute concentration of body fluids, including but not limited to, whole blood, serum, plasma, urine, and stool. It is a valuable clinical tool in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Osmolality is a quick and effective test to help:
- Evaluate the body’s water balance and its ability to produce and concentrate urine
- Investigate low sodium levels (hyponatremia)
- Detect the presence of toxins in the body
- Monitor the electrolyte balance of patients receiving osmotically active drug therapies (e.g. mannitol used to treat cerebral edema).
It can also help monitor the effectiveness of a treatment or a condition found to be adversely affecting a person’s osmolality.
The Importance of Measured Osmolality
Measured osmolality takes your lab beyond the limitations of calculated osmolality by providing the full range of information physicians need for quick and confident diagnoses of body fluid disorders.
The Value of STAT Testing
In-house osmolality testing provides a high-value testing opportunity for better patient management and improved test results. Processing and patient result delays associated with sending out samples for testing may lose your organization time and money by contributing to reduced patient care, test accuracy and reimbursement.
Physician Application Notes
Three physicians partnered with Advanced Instruments to share their experiences regarding the utility of osmolality and the implications of this critical test on quality and cost of patient care.
The Value of Osmolality Testing
Dr. Neville R. Dossabhoy is a consulting nephrologist in Louisiana.
The Value of Osmolality in Emergency Medicine
Dr. David Schindler is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Cornwall Community Hospital in Cornwall Ontario, Canada and Massena Memorial Hospital in Massena, New York.
The Value of Osmolality in Nephrology
Dr. Namrata Sharma Goel is a Nephrologist at the Kidney Health Center in Houston, Texas.