When you see Casts and Crystals ‘Urine’ Trouble

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Dr. Steve Ness and Dawn Tobin, MLS (ASCP) SH

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As the 9th leading cause of death, chronic kidney disease (CKD) causes more deaths than breast or prostate cancer in the U.S.1 Early identification and timely, comprehensive therapeutic interventions can help drastically improve patient outcomes. However, the lack of standardized processes and screening methodologies can lead to misidentification or diagnostic uncertainty. Identifying the undiagnosed renal patient within the vast number of undifferentiated patients presented to physicians is challenging and can lead to potential treatment delays with associated increases in permanent damage or mortality. During the webinar, Dr. Steve Ness and Dawn Tobin will discuss how teamwork between lab and clinical medicine can improve patient care through accurate classification, identification and diagnosis of patients with abnormal urine casts and/or crystals. After this webinar, you will be able to: •Familiarize yourself with an overview of the Renal System •Explain the global impact & clinical importance of CKD •Discern the different types of urinary casts & crystals and their role in assisting with patient diagnosis •Describe the benefits of using automated digital microscopy to take the subjectivity out of urinalysis P.A.C.E. credit is available for your participation.* 1.National Kidney Foundation. "Kidney Disease Basics." www.kidney.org/news/newsroom/factsheets/kidneydiseasebasics. Accessed 12 Jun. 2020. *Beckman Coulter Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical lab sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. These credits are recognized by the State of California. Most programs also provide State of Florida credits (with valid license number). At this time, we cannot issue continuing education credits for those who provide healthcare (or work for an institution that provides healthcare) in Massachusetts or Vermont.
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