What is a reference standard?
A reference standard is a range of blood test result values that inform doctors what should normally be seen in a healthy population. When a child visits a doctor’s office to diagnose a medical problem or for a routine check-up, they’ll ask for a blood sample, which is then sent to a laboratory for testing. The results of that test can then be used to diagnosis, monitor and treat medical concerns.
Other common terms for reference standards: reference intervals, reference values
Why do we need reference standards?
In order to deliver the best possible health-care to children and adolescents, accurately and reliably reading blood test results is essential. This requires reference standards. By comparing a set of test results to a reference standard, doctors can more accurately identify and diagnose medical concerns.
How does CALIPER develop reference standards?
CALIPER collects blood samples from healthy children from birth to 18 years of age to establish a comprehensive database of standard test values—a guide for health-care professionals that can be used to compare blood test results to an appropriate health standard.