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Just too many things to remember? A survey of paediatric trainees’ recall of Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) weight estimation formulae
  1. Dilshad Marikar1,
  2. Kani Varshneya2,
  3. Amar Wahid1,
  4. Okwuchi Apakama1
  1. 1Department of General Paediatrics, Watford General Hospital, Watford, UK
  2. 2Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Dilshad Marikar, Department of General Paediatrics, Watford General Hospital, Vicarage Road, Watford, Herts WD18 0HB, UK; dilshad.marikar{at}nhs.net

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From 2011, Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) candidates learn three formulae for paediatric weight estimation,1 covering infants from 1 to 12 months (0.5×age in months +4), children aged 1–5 years (2×age in years +8) and children aged 6–12 years (3×age in years +7). Previously, one formula was taught for ages 1–10 years ((age in years+4)×2)) and is still used in the European Paediatric Life Support course (EPLS); this formula is equivalent to the current APLS formula for 1–5 years.

We note some colleagues say they have difficulty recalling the new APLS formulae and age ranges for children over 1 year of age. To gauge the extent of this difficulty, we conducted a survey of 25 UK paediatric trainees (ST1–ST3) at …

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