How it’s used
Clinical labs test osmolality of serum, plasma and urine because it provides information on the body’s hydration state to detect the presence of toxins and to monitor patients receiving osmotically active drug therapies. It is a valuable clinical tool in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
About osmolality in Clinical
Osmolality is a fundamental measurement of the total solute concentration of body fluids, including but not limited to serum, plasma, urine, whole blood and stool. Measuring osmolality is critical when you suspect toxin ingestion, electrolyte disorders and metabolic acidosis. Osmolality testing as an initial screening can help reduce cost and improve quality of care*.
Read all about Freezing Point technology in Clinical in this white paper compiled by Advanced Instruments.
*The Value of osmolality Testing; Neville R. Dossabhoy, MD, FACP, FASN, Consultant Nephrologist
Prevent your workflow from FREEZING
We probably all have worked with an older osmometer (older than 10 years). Either it is the only one in the lab or it is the backup instrument. It might seem beneficial to keep your older osmometer in use, however, there are some risks to consider when trusting your dated osmometer.
In this blog Vérène Heijt, Product Specialist I&L Biosystems BeNeLux, tells you all about the risks of using a dated osmometer.
Osmolality & COVID-19
The valuable role of osmolality testing in COVID-19
A Scientific Resource from Advanced Instruments
Osmolality testing can help with early diagnosis and etiological determination of hyponatremia, which is critical for this patient population.
Recent publications have shown that COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), an infectious disease caused by a novel coronavirus known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), is associated with electrolyte disorders including hyponatremia. Early diagnosis and etiologic determination are critical in any hyponatremic patient to ensure proper treatment and to avoid potential harm to the patient.
Osmolality testing is quick, inexpensive and effective to help with early detection and diagnosis of hyponatremia. Osmolality testing can help ensure that appropriate treatment strategies are implemented early for hyponatremic patients which may be even more significant in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. As clinicians and researchers continue to expand their understanding of COVID-19, additional laboratory testing is important to consider to help better understand and diagnose a COVID-19 patient’s underlying conditions.