Our Evidence-Based Practice Council is reviewing this topic. I have done an extensive literature review for them which they used in developing their recommendations.

When they presented their recommendations to a larger committee, the chair of the Department of Medicine asked these questions:

*         Did the council actually obtain best practices for obtaining heights and weights from other like hospitals?

*         Who, when, how, and where?

*         What are the best hospitals in the country actually doing about this?

FYI: we are a 1000+ bed hospital system, a major teaching hospital, ranked 22nd in nation for hospital admissions, Level I trauma center, Level 3 NICU.

So I am asking you if your hospital (no matter its size) has a standard way/best practice to estimate a patient's height and weight when they are unable to stand.

Please reply to me off list, and I will summarize if there is interest.



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