Reply To: Timeframe on Ht/Wt/BSA in Pediatrics

  • Maritza Salazar Abshire

    Member
    October 29, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    In answer to this question. . . we’ve recently developed a new Height and Weight Policy- patients are to be weighed and measured for height or length (depending on age and ability to stand) daily and at every visit to the outpatient center.  We double verify with licensed healthcare personnel on admission and at every outpatient encounter. Chemotherapy and treatment is based on the most recent measurement, which could be from the same day.  If the patient has not visited the clinic chemo orders are not written until height and weight are taken on the day of visit and admission. 

    In light of this, to obtain the most accurate length for infants and recumbent children-we’re going to employ the use of length boards-as recommended by the WHO and CDC.   Do any of y’all have recommendations regarding a brand of length board? anything you’ve used that you like better than others? easy to use, transport, read etc?

    any recommendations are appreciated.

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    Maritza Salazar Abshire
    The Children’s Cancer Hospital
    MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Nurse Educator
    Houston, TX
    United States
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 07-27-2014 06:00 AM
    From: Colleen Nixon
    Subject: Timeframe on Ht/Wt/BSA in Pediatrics

    Our chemotherapy policy requires two heights and weights before initial chemotherapy. After the initial ht/wt the policy is a height monthly and a weight weekly. Our documentation is all electronic, so not a problem finding this information.

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    Colleen Nixon
    Boston, MA
    United States
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 07-09-2014 11:18 AM
    From: Mary Lynn Rae
    Subject: Timeframe on Ht/Wt/BSA in Pediatrics

    We get a height/weight upon arrival to OP and IP.  The height and weight obtained needs to be compared to a previous height/weight within 30 days if the patient is receiving chemo.

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    Mary Lynn Rae
    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    United States
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 07-08-2014 02:07 PM
    From: Kathleen Stakes
    Subject: Timeframe on Ht/Wt/BSA in Pediatrics

    Patients have thier height and weight done on the day of admission for chemo. 

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    Kathleen Stakes
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Winchester, MA
    United States
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 07-08-2014 09:44 AM
    From: Jillian Orlando
    Subject: Timeframe on Ht/Wt/BSA in Pediatrics

    Hi,

    I am wondering if you have a policy determining the amount of time it is acceptable for considering the “height and weight” prior to chemo is “current”.   Our policy states to obtain current height and weight. While inpatient, do any of your institutions have specifics whether height and weight has to be done the day of chemo, week of, every 3 days, etc?

    Thank you,
    Jillian Orlando MSN RN CPON
    Jillian.Orlando@ynhh.org
    Service Line Education
    Yale New Haven Children’s Specialty Centers

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    Jillian Orlando
    Branford, CT
    United States
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