Reference Range Values for Pediatric Care was created in response to an
overwhelming need from pediatricians, pediatric residents, nurse
practitioners, and other pediatric providers who acknowledged the
utility of the reference range values section in Quick Reference Guide
to Pediatric Care, part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
point-of-care offerings, which also include the AAP Textbook of Pediatric
Care and Pediatric Care Online. Pediatricians have been quick to recog-
nize both the ease of accessibility and breadth of knowledge that the
Pediatric Care series allows, even as they continued to make “normal
values” the most searched-for term in the series. As an answer to this,
and in our effort to strike the ultimate balance between the practical
and the comprehensive, we decided to develop a short stand-alone
handbook of reference range values.
This handbook was designed with the busy practitioner in mind.
Compact and clear-cut, it provides the most commonly used reference
range values, charts, and formulas at your ﬁngertips. The values span
the gamut of age groups from newborn to adolescence, with a particu-
lar emphasis throughout on the values needed for the management of
preterm newborns younger than 37 weeks. This focus is complemented
by sections that address common newborn scores (eg, Apgar, Ballard)
as well as the AAP newborn hyperbilirubinemia management charts.
We have also included a new section for the series on commonly used
antibiotics and antiseizure medications with recommended serum drug
target levels; preterm and neonatal populations are highlighted to
beneﬁt the pediatrician responsible for the complex dosing for this age
group. To that effect, we enlisted the help of 2 experienced pediatric
pharmacists as contributing editors, Katherine Pham PharmD, BCPS,
and Sara Rooney PharmD, BCPS. Additionally, the handbook features
pain scales, growth measures for extremities, and the AAP immuniza-
tion and periodicity schedules.
In writing Reference Range Values for Pediatric Care, I would like to
thank 4 integral people without whom this book would not have come
to light. Firstly, I am indebted to Dr Deborah Campbell, Division Chief