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Training Module: Accurately Weighing and Measuring: Equipment

Stadiometers for measuring children and adolescents
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5. Stadiometers for Measuring Children and Adolescents

Although it would seem efficient to use a stature device attached to a scale, height attachments on scales are never used. Not only are they inaccurate -- because they do not provide a firm platform for the measurement -- but they are relatively sharp, and thus pose a risk for harm to the patient.

It is inappropriate to measure stature with the moveable measuring rod on platform scales. The headpiece is unsteady and too narrow and the base [weighing platform] will sink because of the weight of the individual.

Height attachments on scales are inaccurate and dangerous  

Height attachments on scales are never used




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