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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}

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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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  • Contributors DM developed the original survey concept and designed the initial questionnaire, helped conduct the survey and produced the first draft of this manuscript. He has implemented changes for this revised submission. KV, AW and OA helped revise the initial questionnaire, conducted data collection and contributed revisions to the first draft.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement The authors are happy to provide copies of the survey data in the form of copies of the anonymised questionnaires for interested parties.

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