Reply To: measuring height/lengths for those under 24 months

  • Colleen Nixon

    July 24, 2019 at 6:12 am

    At Boston Children’s Hospital, we use stadiometers for children that can stand and a length board for children who cannot stand. We discourage the use of tape measures because of inconsistencies in measurement. 

    Colleen Nixon, MSN, RN, CPHON®
    Hematology/Oncology Clinical Educator
    Boston Children’s  Hospital 
    Boston MA 02115
    (617) 355-3611


    ——Original Message——

    What are your current practices for height/length measurements for patients under 24 months?  In our institution It is current practice that stadiometers/length boards are utilized in the clinic setting, but a tape measure is utilized on the floors. We have been seeing varied heights/lengths from clinic to inpatient on our campuses, which has been significantly impacting chemotherapy doses in some situations.

    Does your institution utilize stadiometers/length boards, tape measures, or something different?  Would love you hear your feedback. 

    Sarah Walding, BSN, RN, CPN
    Clinical Practice Specialist
    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    Advocate Children’s Hospital Park Ridge