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Selecting and Using Equipment
The accuracy and reliability of measurements are dependent on the quality of the equipment used for the measurements. Quality, easily calibrated and well-maintained equipment will be utilized.
Length Boards for Measuring Infants
Stadiometers for Measuring Children and Adolescents
Unacceptable Measuring Equipment
The following equipment is unacceptable for measuring infants and children:
- A measuring tape or yardstick alone or attached to a table top
- Measuring between two pencil marks on an exam table
- Length measuring device attached to an infant scale
- Movable measuring rod on platform scales
- Tape measures, yard sticks or paper "growth charts" mounted on the wall
- Books, tissue boxes, etc. should not be used as headpieces
Scales for Weighing Infants
Scales for Weighing Children and Adolescents
Zeroing and Standardization
Daily: Scales should be zeroed daily. Zeroing means that the scale reads zero when no weight is placed on it.
Monthly: Scales and stadiometers should be calibrated monthly. Scales should be tested with standard weights. Stadiometers should be checked with a standard length rod.