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Title Equations to support predictive automated postnatal growth curves for premature infants
Author(s) W R Riddle, S C DonLevy, X F Qi, D A Giuse and S T Rosenbloom
Source J Perinatol, Vol. 26, No. 6, Pages 354-358
Publication Date June 2006
Abstract 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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