This is but one program available from STATCODER and
developed by Andre S. Chen, M.D., MBA.
Practitioners now can have a portable method for calculating
growth percentiles in the 0-20 yr. age bracket.
How many times have you been called or are returning
a call to a referral source without the paper chart readily available.
With the click of the stylus..you access 'growth chart', where you
will find an amazing simple program for calculation.
Parameters include sex, age (0-20) with the addition
of months in a drop down menu. Weight and heights can be entered
in both Metric and English versions. The same is true for head circumference
that is entered in both as centimeters or inches. The calculations
produce growth percentiles based on the National Center for Health
Statistics and the CDC growth charts updated May 2000.
The program produces these standard comparisons in
both written percentiles and a graphic display: You will be prompted
to select with recumbent or standing for height measurements.
Z scores (describes how far in ( units called standard deviations)
a child's weight is from the median weight of a child at the
same height in the reference chart. Tapping the percentile
number automatically converts the score to the z score.
A wonderful addition to this program is the BMI (body
mass index) for age as a measure of childhood obesity. This is presented
as a percentile number and graphical display. One main screen for
display provides not only quick access for the provider, but also
a single screen shot to show parents, family, or the patient themselves.
From a pediatric nurse practitioner perspective,
the only negative concerns the limited 0-36 mo. age for head circumference
calculations. Many times we need to continue following this parameter/
utilize this measurement for assessment and diagnostic purposes
for specialties. However because STAT GrowthCharts strictly adheres
to the CDC Growth Charts, which does not include head circumference
information beyond 36 months, we are not likely to see this feature
until such a time as the CDC updates and/or changes their growth
Download in zipped version that includes the Growth
Charts and mathlib (both are necessary to run all the calculations).
130 K's of memory are necessary for these programs.
Sylvia Suszka- Hildebrandt,
MN, ARNP, Editor PDA cortex