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Lipid “Reference Ranges”

How do labs report “reference ranges” for total cholesterol, LDL, etc. given that a reference range should be the 95% range of normal people, not a recommended ideal number? Respondents agree that for many tests, labs should not use a reference interval, and should instead use clinical decision points to drive flagging in the EMR—with the caveat that some labs do give reference intervals in these cases anyway, even though they aren’t needed, to satisfy CAP/CLIA requirements.

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Establishing Age-Specific TSH Reference Intervals

The recommended method for establishing age and sex-specific reference intervals requires obtaining results from at least 120 healthy individuals for each age range and sex category. These numbers are often difficult to achieve by traditional direct sampling.

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Adaptive Online Learning for Lab Professionals

AACC Learning Lab is designed to help laboratory medicine experts expand their knowledge. Developed in collaboration with NEJM Group and Area9 Learning, this program uses revolutionary adaptive technology to deliver precisely the gold standard lab medicine content the learner needs.

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