Advanced Instruments

Three physicians partnered with Advanced Instruments to share their experiences regarding the utility of osmolality testing and the implications of this critical test on quality and cost of patient care. 

The Value of Osmolality Testing
Dr. Neville R. Dossabhoy is a consulting nephrologist in Louisiana.

The Value of Osmolality in Emergency Medicine
Dr. David Schindler is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Cornwall Community Hospital in Cornwall Ontario, Canada and Massena Memorial Hospital in Massena, New York.  

The Value of Osmolality in Nephrology
Dr. Namrata Sharma Goel is a Nephrologist at the Kidney Health Center in Houston, Texas.

Osmolality is a fundamental measurement of the total solute concentration of body fluids, including but not limited to, whole blood, serum, plasma, urine, and stool. It is a valuable clinical tool in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. 

Osmolality is a quick and effective test to help:
     - evaluate the body’s water balance and its ability to produce and concentrate urine
     - investigate low sodium levels (hyponatremia)
     - detect the presence of toxins in the body
     - monitor osmotically active drug therapies such as mannitol used to treat cerebral edema.

It can also help monitor the effectiveness of a treatment or a condition found to be adversely affecting a person’s osmolality.