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

  • Sarah Walding

    Member
    August 12, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Hi, Colleen!  Do you have a second person perform the length measurements? Is it a dual signature process?

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    Sarah Walding, BSN, RN, CPN
    Clinical Practice Specialist
    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    Advocate Children’s Hospital Park Ridge
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 07-24-2019 06:12 AM
    From: Colleen Nixon
    Subject: 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

     

    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. 

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