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1.  A low cost, colour coded, hand held spring scale accurately categorises birth weight in low resource settings 
Archives of disease in childhood  2006;91(5):410-413.
Aims
To determine the accuracy of a low cost, spring calibrated, hand held scale in classifying newborns into three weight categories (>2500 g, 2000−2499 g, ,2000 g).
Methods
The test device was compared to a gold standard digital baby scale with precision to 2 g. In Sarlahi district, Nepal, 1890 newborns were eligible for the study. Measurements were collected for both the test device and the digital scale from 1820 (96.3%) newborns.
Results
The overall low birth weight (LBW) prevalence rate for the gold standard digital scale was 28.1% (511/1820). Sensitivity (93.7%) and specificity (97.6%) of the test device was high compared to LBW classifications based on digital weight measurements. Classification of infants into the ,2000 g category was 5.0% and 4.7% for the gold standard and test device, respectively. Sensitivity and specificity of the test device in identifying infants ,2000 g was 87.8% and 99.6%, respectively. Positive predictive values were high (.91%) for both weight categories
Conclusions
This low cost, simple-to-use device classified infants into weight categories with a high degree of consistency and accuracy that exceeds that of surrogate measures. This new device is useful for identifying and targeting life saving interventions for LBW, high risk infants in settings where infants are born in the home and conventional weighing scales are unavailable.
doi:10.1136/adc.2005.088781
PMCID: PMC2082743  PMID: 16464960
2.  A low cost, colour coded, hand held spring scale accurately categorises birth weight in low resource settings 
Archives of Disease in Childhood  2006;91(5):410-413.
Aims
To determine the accuracy of a low cost, spring calibrated, hand held scale in classifying newborns into three weight categories (⩾2500 g, 2000–2499 g, <2000 g).
Methods
The test device was compared to a gold standard digital baby scale with precision to 2 g. In Sarlahi district, Nepal, 1890 newborns were eligible for the study. Measurements were collected for both the test device and the digital scale from 1820 (96.3%) newborns.
Results
The overall low birth weight (LBW) prevalence rate for the gold standard digital scale was 28.1% (511/1820). Sensitivity (93.7%) and specificity (97.6%) of the test device was high compared to LBW classifications based on digital weight measurements. Classification of infants into the <2000 g category was 5.0% and 4.7% for the gold standard and test device, respectively. Sensitivity and specificity of the test device in identifying infants <2000 g was 87.8% and 99.6%, respectively. Positive predictive values were high (>91%) for both weight categories
Conclusions
This low cost, simple‐to‐use device classified infants into weight categories with a high degree of consistency and accuracy that exceeds that of surrogate measures. This new device is useful for identifying and targeting life saving interventions for LBW, high risk infants in settings where infants are born in the home and conventional weighing scales are unavailable.
doi:10.1136/adc.2005.088781
PMCID: PMC2082743  PMID: 16464960
low birth weight; neonatal; scale; sensitivity; specificity; validity

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