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

  • Maritza Salazar Abshire

    August 13, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Hi Theresa,  we are not doing segmental length calculation at the Children’s Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson.

    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