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

  • Angele Leger

    July 24, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    Under 2 years we use a length board with the patient lying down. All heights and weights (for chemo purposes) also required a co-signature.


    Angèle Phillips, HBSc, BScN, RN
    Clinical Nurse Educator
    Oncology, Hematology & BMT
    BC Children’s Hospital
    Phone: (604) 875-2345 ext 4749
    Original Message:
    Sent: 07-23-2019 06:59 PM
    From: Sarah Walding
    Subject: measuring height/lengths for those under 24 months

    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