Journal Article

Designing Colour-coded Measuring Tapes based on Mid-arm and Chest Circumference to Predict Low Birth weight in the Field

Moumita Ghosh, Shubhadeep Das, Swapna Chakraborty and Rita Chatterjee

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 57, issue 6, pages 464-467
Published in print December 2011 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online January 2011 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmr004
Designing Colour-coded Measuring Tapes based on Mid-arm and Chest Circumference to Predict Low Birth weight in the Field

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Background: In developing countries, 80% of the births take place in the community. Methods: Birthweight, mid-arm and chest circumferences were measured in 294 newborns admitted in a tertiary-level hospital in Kolkata between April and August 2010. Colour-coded measuring tapes were devised using receiver operating characteristic curves to calculate the most sensitive and specific cut-off values to identify birthweight <2.5 and 1.8 kg. Result: There is no significant difference in accuracy of Mid-arm circumference (MAC) and Chest circumference (CC) for prediction of low birth weight and birthweight <1.8 kg. The tape has three zones, green [weight (wt) > 2.5 kg, MAC > 8.4 cm, CC > 30 cm], yellow (wt 2.5–1.8 kg, MAC 8.4–6.7 cm, CC 30–25.5 cm) indicating some risk, and red (wt < 1.8 kg, MAC < 6.7 cm, CC < 25.5 cm) indicating babies needing referral and admission in Level II neonatal care unit.

Keywords: birthweight; chest circumference; mid-arm circumference; measuring tape; surrogate marker

Journal Article.  1907 words. 

Subjects: Paediatrics

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