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The Impact of Calibration Error Calcium Mayo NIST
Consensus guidelines and disease management strategies have
standardized the medical approach to many common disorders.
Unfortunately, the developers of medical guidelines have assumed that
all laboratories function well and all test results are comparable. Medical
guidelines seldom contain any information about the performance
characteristics for key tests used in the diagnostic decision process.
Guidelines typically have specific thresholds or “acceptable ranges,”
such as 8.9 to 10.1 mg/dL of calcium in tests to diagnose hypercalcemia,
without any reference to measurement methodology or measurement
standardization. Consequently, there is a false sense of security that the
health care system assures adequate quality for laboratory tests.
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