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The influence of equipment weights on neonatal daily weight measurements.
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PMID:  10205470     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To determine the weight of commonly used pieces of neonatal equipment that can affect the accuracy of daily weight measurements. DESIGN AND SAMPLE: Twenty-one pieces of equipment commonly attached to the neonate at the time of daily weight measurement were selected for analysis. Three examples of each piece of equipment were weighed; each one was weighed three times. All weights were obtained using a digital electronic diaper scale calibrated to 1 gm accuracy and precision. MAIN OUTCOME VARIABLE: Average weights for pieces of routine nursery equipment. RESULTS: Equipment weights ranged from 1 gm for an umbilical catheter to 23 gm for a pulse oximeter probe. There was no variation among the individual examples for 19 of the 21 pieces of equipment. There was a small variation in weight for the pulse oximeter probe and the arm board, but these variations were of no clinical significance.
M G Hermansen; M C Hermansen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neonatal network : NN     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0730-0832     ISO Abbreviation:  Neonatal Netw     Publication Date:  1999 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-04-29     Completed Date:  1999-04-29     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503921     Medline TA:  Neonatal Netw     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  33-6     Citation Subset:  N    
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua 03061, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bias (Epidemiology)
Body Weight*
Clinical Protocols
Infant, Newborn
Neonatal Nursing / methods*,  standards
Reproducibility of Results
Weights and Measures / standards*

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