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

  • Theresa Gerten

    July 24, 2019 at 9:31 am

    We use stadiometers for patients who can stand and length boards for patients <2yrs old. We are currently looking at a knee length protocol for patients who cannot stand. There is evidence that this is more accurate. Is anyone else doing a segmental length calculation?


    Theresa Gerten, RN MSN Ed

    Phoenix Children’s Hospital

    Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders



    ——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