Urinalysis is a common screening and diagnostic test used as a key indicator for assessing and identifying important health issues relating to kidney, bladder, liver and pancreatic dysfunction. Infection, diabetes and other metabolic conditions can also be detected.
It is important that nurses are competent when it comes to urinalysis interpretation as urinalysis findings may impact clinical decision-making.
Resources within this module will help to guide urinalysis interpretation. A full explanation of each test is provided.
Interpretation of the Urinalysis (Part 1) - Introduction and InspectionAn overview of the components of a UA, along with discussion of urine color and turbidity.
Interpretation of the Urinalysis (Part 2) - The DipstickAn overview of the urine dipstick, including both how to check it as well as interpret the various possible findings.
Interpretation of the Urinalysis (Part 3) - Microscopy and SummaryThe final part of a short series on urinalysis interpretation, including microscopy of casts and crystals.
A guide to the interpretation of urine testing
Urine testing is a routine part of patient care and is a simple and quick way of monitoring disease and identifying new illness.
URINALYSIS – OSCE GUIDE
Urinalysis (urine dipstick testing) frequently appears as an OSCE station, so you need to get familiar with the process