Physical, chemical and morphological urine examination guidelines for the Analytical Phase from the Intersociety Urinalysis Group

Abstract

With these guidelines the Intersociety Urinalysis Group (GIAU) aims to stimulate the following aspects:

  • Improvement and standardization of the analytical approach to physical, chemical and morphological urine examination (ECMU).

  • Improvement of the chemical analysis of urine with particular regard to the reconsideration of the diagnostic significance of the parameters that are traditionally evaluated in dipstick analysis together with an increasing awareness of the limits of sensitivity and specificity of this analytical method.

  • Increase the awareness of the importance of professional skills in the field of urinary morphology and the relationship with the clinicians.

  • Implement a policy of evaluation of the analytical quality by using, in addition to traditional internal and external controls, a program for the evaluation of morphological competence.

  • Stimulate the diagnostics industry to focus research efforts and development methodology and instrumental catering on the needs of clinical diagnosis.

  • The hope is to revalue the enormous diagnostic potential of ‘ECMU, implementing a urinalysis on personalized diagnostic needs for each patient.

  • Emphasize the value added to ECMU by automated analyzers for the study of the morphology of the corpuscular fraction urine.

The hope is to revalue the enormous potential diagnostic of ‘ECMU, implementing a urinalysis on personalized diagnostic needs that each patient brings with it.

Key words: Analytical Phase, guidelines, Urinalysis

Full text of the article is available in Italian.