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