Microscopic Urinalysis (Nursing)

by Prof. Lawes

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    00:00 So what is a microscopic analysis and when you do it? Well microscope is just what it means.

    00:08 You're going to look at a urine sample underneath the microscope.

    00:12 Nurses never do this, obviously, these are highly trained people in the lab that do it.

    00:18 Now, you might see on the order microscopic analysis as indicated.

    00:23 That means hey, it's an extra step.

    00:25 And if you don't see anything unusual, there's no need to do it.

    00:29 Here are the examples of when you do do it, if you want to clarify and confirm urine dipstick findings.

    00:35 Remember you're in dipsticks aren't really accurate.

    00:38 So you can't really tell what's going on for sure.

    00:41 You just know things might be a little off.

    00:44 You also might follow up on other abnormal findings.

    00:48 Microscopic analysis is like the Cadillac it's the gold standard.

    00:52 We're going to get really accurate results with this.

    00:56 But it's also expensive compared to the other parts of the test and it's more time-consuming.

    01:02 All right. So we've got a sheet for you right here.

    01:04 I think these are the most important things that you need to know.

    01:08 You've got the test.

    01:10 You've got what's normal, you've got what abnormal findings are and you've got the possible causes.

    01:17 This is a great pocket card for you to keep with you these two slides.

    01:22 It's everything you need to know about urine analysis.

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Microscopic Urinalysis (Nursing) by Prof. Lawes is from the course Introduction to Urinalysis – Renal Assessment (Nursing).

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. To clarify urine dipstick findings
    2. To confirm normal findings of the urinalysis
    3. To get results in an inexpensive way
    4. To test for harmful substances in the urine
    5. To follow up on abnormal findings

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     Prof. Lawes

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