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

  • Maritza Salazar Abshire

    July 24, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Good Morning,

    We use stadiometers for patients who can stand and lengthboards for patients less than 2 years of age. A dual signature (one person must be a licensed health care provider) is required for height and weight when the patient has their initial appointment to MD Anderson and upon subsequent visits to outpatient, emergency center and admission to the inpatient unit.

    Maritza Salazar-Abshire, MSN, MED, RN, CPON
    Senior Nursing Instructor
    The Children’s Cancer Hospital at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, Texas
    Original Message:
    Sent: 07-24-2019 09:30 AM
    From: Theresa Gerten
    Subject: measuring height/lengths for those under 24 months

    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