Natasha Slhessarenko; Adagmar Andriolo
J. Bras. Patol. Med. Lab. 2018;54(4):204-205
The reference intervals (RI) represent a set of values used to interpret the results of quantitative laboratory tests and are powerful tools that assist health professionals in making decisions during patient care(1). The determination of their own RI gives diagnostic power, but it is one of the most arduous and costly tasks in the Clinical Pathology(2, 3). When it comes to defining RI in the pediatric population, the situation is further complicated, since defining a healthy pediatric population involves, among other procedures, obtaining the anthropometric measurements and collecting blood samples. The concern about not plundering the child and the emotional pressure involved in collecting samples in pediatric patients are care for which we must be aware.Read more..