The complete urinalysis is a critical component of the minimum database. Dr. DeNicola will discuss why it’s important to understand and accurately perform a urine sediment analysis. In part 1 of this 3-part series on urine microscopy, you will learn about the identification of red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), and bacteria, as well as the clinical significance of each to the patient and the possible next steps to arriving at a diagnosis.

Discussion Topics:
  • Review and interpret the complete urinalysis as part of the minimum database (chemistry, hematology, and urinalysis).
  • Accurately identify red and white blood cells and bacteria rods and cocci.
  • Understand the clinical significance of the absence or presence of these formed elements.
  • Know what potential follow-up testing may be needed to arrive at the final diagnosis.
  • Understand what to do and how often to do it to successfully monitor treatment plans and disease progression.