Equations to support predictive automated postnatal growth curves for premature infants.

Riddle WR, DonLevy SC, Qi XF, Giuse DA, Rosenbloom ST
J Perinatol. 2006 26 (6): 354-8

PMID: 16688206 · DOI:10.1038/sj.jp.7211511

Growth charts are used in pediatric medicine to plot anthropomorphic measurements over time, serving as a screen for diseases related to a patient's nutritional and general health status. Whereas reference data for term infants are available from the Center for Disease Control, reference data for premature infants in a neonatal intensive care unit have not been established. Predictive curves for preterm patients, which are based on a patient's postmenstrual age and anthropomorphic measurements at birth, cannot be easily implemented with traditional paper-based methods. Preterm growth charts can be generated in an electronic health record system, but doing so requires mathematical equations or computer-readable tables. This report examines published perinatal growth curves and presents equations for predicted postnatal weight, head circumference and length in preterm infants.

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Anthropometry Automation Birth Weight Body Height Body Weight Gestational Age Humans Infant, Newborn Infant, Premature Medical Records Systems, Computerized Models, Biological Statistics as Topic

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