Predicting Ionized Hypocalcemia in Critical Care

In critical care patients, estimate the single most likely ionised calcium value--with its surrounding 95% range of likely values--as well as the chance the true value is under 1.10 mM. The reference range for arterial iCa is 1.15-1.29 mM.


Developed by Yap et al in a critical care setting, this tool produces an estimate (or point prediction) of a patient's arterial ionized calcium (iCa) concentration (normal reference range: 1.15-1.29 mM), with the values of 5 routine serum chemistry panel measurements-calcium, albumin (measured by the bromocresol green method), sodium, chloride, and total carbon dioxide-used as predictors. This estimate of iCa, while diagnostically much better than the traditional correction of calcium for albumin alone, is nonetheless imprecise. This results from such unavoidable reasons as analytic variation and the inability to include the patient's actual pH as a predictor, since pH is not a routine measurement. The imprecision of such an estimate is usually quantified with a 95% prediction interval (PI). Therefore, the calculator also supplies: the approximate lower and upper limits of the 95% PI; and the probability that the arterial iCa value is below 1.10 mM, which, if substantial, can inform the clinician to directly measure iCa.


Yap E, Roche-Recinos A, Goldwasser P.

J Applied Lab Med 5:4-14, 2020.

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