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Pediatric Reference Ranges

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Slide 20

May 2008

Mayo investigators may have access to specimens, and it is actually a fairly simple process. There is a form and there are policies and procedures. In the form, shown on the right side of the slide, they can specify the characteristic of the test they are developing and where the specimen should go, but they can make a specific request of what kind of specimen they need; the gender and distribution, if they want an equal number of males and females; what is the minimal volume necessary to validate a new assay; the age ranges and how many samples.

As I mentioned early, it is very important we provide an opportunity for exclusion criteria. In other words, patients with a certain diagnosis or taking specific medications should not be included. 

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