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Urine Specific Gravity Test: In a Nutshell (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes

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    00:00 So let's wrap up this part of the video series.

    00:03 A urine specific gravity is a routine part of every urine analysis.

    00:07 Hey, that's cool, cuz you're going to see a lot of urine analysis, meaning you're going to have a lot of exposure to urine specific gravity.

    00:15 Now, urine specific gravity test compares the density of urine with a density of pure water, and that shows us the concentration of all the chemical particles in the urine.

    00:25 Alright, I don't want to go on to the next point til you make sure that's clear for you.

    00:30 A urine specific gravity test compares the density of urine to the density of pure water.

    00:36 Now, let's look at the next node.

    00:38 So we know that urine is a solution of minerals, salts, and compounds dissolved in water.

    00:45 So since we compare that to water, which is 1.0, the normal specific gravity has to be greater than 1.0.

    00:55 Okay, so you've got those solid.

    00:58 Let's move on to the next point.

    01:00 1.010 to 1.030 is one example of a normal range.

    01:06 Remember, it's going to be greater than 1.00 because the urine has substances dissolved in it.

    01:13 Urine specific gravity that are outside of the normal range have multiple possible causes and require your additional assessment.

    01:21 Thank you for watching our video today.


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    The lecture Urine Specific Gravity Test: In a Nutshell (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes is from the course Urine Specific Gravity – Urinalysis (Nursing).


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