Validation of age-based body mass estimation methods in toddlers and pre-school children

DOI: 10.1080/22201181.2018.1532676
Author(s): Karin BooysenPrivate Practice, South Africa, Johannes Marthinus DippenaarDepartment of Maxillo-Oral-Facial Surgery, Oral Health Centre, South Africa, Francois Jacobus SmithDepartment of Anaesthesiology, South Africa


Background: Body mass is commonly used to determine medication dosages and equipment size. In emergency situations (including cases necessitating surgery) weighing paediatric patients can be impractical. Clinicians may use any of several body mass estimation techniques to surmount this obstacle. This study's aim was to compare the actual body mass of children with estimated mass as predicted by several commonly used estimation methods.

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