How to setup Reference Ranges for Lab Results

You can setup reference range for Lab results and associate them with custom text. This text will then appear in patient notes as well as in lab order printouts. Let us see how to do the same.

Ex: We want to setup a HbA1C Test, along with a reference range.

 

1. Go to Tools | Clinical Item Parameters | Add New

 

2. Enter the parameters details:
Ex:
Name:
Glycated Haemoglobin (HbA1C)
Unit of Measurement: %
Clinical Section: Investigations
Type: Numeric
Max Length: 3
Track Values in EMR: Check ON

 

3. Now you need to enter the reference range. Let us say for HbA1C it as follows:
Below 6.0% is Normal
Enter it as follows:
Select Normal Value
Age From and To: Leave as Blank
Normal Range: < 6.0
Gender: All
Display Text: Normal

6.0% to 6.4% is Prediabetes
Enter it as follows:
Select Abnormal Value
Age From and To: Leave as Blank
Normal Range: < 6.0
Gender: All
Display Text: Prediabetes

6.5% or over is Diabetes
Enter it as follows:
Select Abnormal Value
Age From and To: Leave as Blank
Normal Range: > 6.5
Gender: All
Display Text: Diabetes

 

Once done it will look as follows:
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3. Now associate this parameter with a Clinical Group. You can do so by going to Tools | Clinical Groups | Add New
Name: HbA1C Group
Clinical Section: Investigations
Type: Make it blank
Add Parameters: Select and add the parameter added in the step above ie HbA1C

 

4. Now associate this parameter with am Investigation. You can do so by going to Tools | Investigations | Add New
Name:
HbA1C
Link the Investigation to Clinical Group… :
Select the HbA1C group created in the step above.

 

5. That’s it. Now assign HbA1C to a patient and then go to enter results for it under the Investigations Module. As soon as you enter a value you will see the associated custom text
Ex: Enter 6.4 and you will see the flag comes on, showing it as abnormal, and the custom text comes on as “Prediabetes”
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