Mercy Tape: Taking the Guesswork Out of Pediatric Weight Estimation
March 15, 2016•8 min
Accurate weight estimates are important because they are used to determine appropriate medication dosage, fluid volumes for resuscitation, breathing tube sizes, and more. But what do you do in situations when you are unable to weigh the child? The Mercy TAPE was developed by Children’s Mercy researchers led by Susan Abdel-Rahman, Pharm.D, Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Toxicology, (TAPE stands for TAking the guesswork out of Pediatric weight Estimation) to address that question. The unique and pragramatic Mercy Tape has been demonstrated to be more accurate than any other method currently available for children ages two months to 16 years, accurately predicting weight within 10 percent of actual weight in about 80 percent of children, and within 20 percent of actual weight in 98 percent of children; in essence, getting within 20 percent of actual weight in nearly 100 percent of children (including children that are malnourished or obese)…all at a cost of about 1/3 of a penny per device.Dr. Susan Abel-Rahman is here to explain how The Mercy TAPE allows clinicians to get an accurate idea of a child’s weight by making two measurements of the upper arm.