Accurate height measurement is critical for accurate dosing of medications, mechanical ventilation, and nutritional calculations. Prior research has identified inaccuracies with self-reported height, and height is notably important to measure accurately in critically ill patients. In this study, conducted in a large tertiary academic medical center, medical records rarely indicated the method of height measurement, and there were statistically significant variations in measured height across admissions.
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Brief Report| January 01 2021
Accuracy of Height Measurement in the Inpatient Setting
Peter A. Kahn, MD, MPH, ThM;
Peter A. Kahn is an instructor, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.
Corresponding author: Peter Kahn, MD, MPH, ThM, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, 20 York Street, Tompkins 206, New Haven CT 06504 (email: Peter.firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Malgorzata Cartiera, PhD;
Walter Lindop, MSc, MBA, MAM;
Am J Crit Care (2021) 30 (1): 77–79.
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Peter A. Kahn, Malgorzata Cartiera, Walter Lindop, Robert L. Fogerty; Accuracy of Height Measurement in the Inpatient Setting. Am J Crit Care 1 January 2021; 30 (1): 77–79. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ajcc2021780
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