Osmolality is a valuable clinical tool used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Osmolality helps ensure proper diagnosis of various conditions such as:
- Hyponatremia and similar electrolyte disorders
- Alcohol and toxin ingestion
- Metabolic acidosis
- Monitoring of osmotically active drug therapies, and many more1-5
For these conditions, osmolality testing is a quick and cost-effective test to:
- Expedite patient treatment
- Mitigate patient specimen stability concerns
- Enable time-sensitive patient monitoring
- Ensure full insurance reimbursement1-5
In-house osmolality testing:
Neville R. Dossabhoy, MD, Consultant Nephrologist in Shreveport, Louisiana, acknowledges that cost savings are significant, and the advantages of in-house osmolality testing are evident. For example, the measurement of plasma osmolality helps narrow the list of differential diagnoses in cases of metabolic acidosis from a hundred plus to fewer than a dozen.
“This leads to significant cost savings and a quicker and proper diagnosis and eliminates the patient spending days in an ICU bed waiting for results of several dozen tests,” explains Dossabhoy. “From a cost-analysis point of view, just one or two patient stays in ICU can cost as much as the cost of the instrument that measures osmolality.”
This is only one example in a long list of possible applications from which clinicians, patients, internal medicine, urology, surgery, gynecology, pharmacy, and general Quality Control can benefit.6
Click here for a list of osmolality applications in emergency medicine.