Estimación del peso conforme a la edad en niños y niñas ecuatorianos: Validación de la ecuación APLS

Translated title of the contribution: Estimation of weight based on age in Ecuadorian boys and girls: A validation of the APLS formula

Andrés Fernando Vinueza Veloz, Tannia Valeria Carpio Arias, María Paulina Robalino Valdivieso, Katherin Carmita Vallejo Andrade, Sisa Del Rocío Puchaicela Namcela, María Fernanda Vinueza Veloz*

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Introduction: In children the use of therapeutic interventions, which includes the administration of medications, is based on body weight. Objective: To validate the equations proposed by “Advanced Pediatric Life Support - APLS” in 2011 (APLS 1) and 2001 (APLS 2) to estimate weight in Ecuadorian girls and boys, considering their ethnic diversity and age groups. Methods: A cross-sectional study which included 21,735 girls and boys belonging to three ethnic groups: Mestizo, indigenous, and other (white, black, and mulatto), with ages between 0 and 12 years, who participated in the ENSANUT-ECU study. Differences, Spearman’s correlation, Bland-Altman graphs, and percentage error (PE) were calculated. Data were processed and analyzed using R. Results: APLS 1 tends to overestimate weight whereas APLS 2 underestimates it. The estimated weight bias was greater for the classical equation. The indigenous and “other” ethnic groups presented the highest differences with respect to measured weight. The differences between estimated weight and measured weight increased progressively with age. With APLS 1, the percentage of individuals with a PE > 10 % was greater than with APLS 2. Conclusions: APLS does not accurately estimate weight in the Ecuadorian pediatric population. The difference between estimated weight and measured weight is sensitive to ethnic and age differences.

Translated title of the contributionEstimation of weight based on age in Ecuadorian boys and girls: A validation of the APLS formula
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)245-251
Number of pages7
JournalNutricion Hospitalaria
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

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