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BioMed Research International
Volume 2016, Article ID 7042947, 8 pages
Research Article

The Accuracy of Broselow Tape Weight Estimate among Pediatric Population

1Pediatric Emergency Department, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2Research Center, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Received 4 April 2016; Revised 24 July 2016; Accepted 14 August 2016

Academic Editor: Peter J. Oefner

Copyright © 2016 Turki M. AlHarbi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To determine the accuracy of the Broselow Tape (BT) versions 2007 and 2011 in estimating weight among pediatric population. Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted at King Fahad Medical City and six schools across Riyadh province on 1–143-month-old children. BT 2007 and 2011 estimated weights were recorded. Both tapes via the child’s height produce an estimated weight, which was compared with the actual weight. Results. A total of 3537 children were recruited. The height (cm) of the subjects was and the actual weight (kg) was , whereas the estimated weight determined by BT 2007 was and by BT 2011 was . Across all the five age groups, correlation between actual weight and BT 2007 ranged between 0.702 and 0.788, while correlation between actual weight and BT 2011 ranged between 0.698 and 0.788. Correlation between BT 2007 and BT 2011 across all the five age groups ranged from 0.979 to 0.989. Accuracy of both the tape versions was adversely affected when age was >95 months and body weight was >26 kilograms. Conclusions. Our study showed that BT 2007 and 2011 provided accurate estimation of the body weight based on measured body height. However, 2011 version provided more precise estimate for weight.