An Introduction to Mid-Upper Arm Circumference and Its Application in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Program Date: 22 March 2022
Publication Date: 16 June 2022

Course Description:

In this course, faculty will introduce mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) and z-scores; examine the relationship between MUAC and other anthropometric measures; discuss the role of MUAC in the pediatric critical care setting; and demonstrate how MUAC measurements are obtained. Originally presented as a live webinar on March 22, 2022.

Course Objectives:

• Introduce mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) and z-scores. 
• Examine the relationship between MUAC and other anthropometric measures. 
• Discuss the role of MUAC in the pediatric critical care setting. 
• Demonstrate how MUAC measurements are obtained.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 8.2.1, 10.2.1, 10.2.6
  • Run Time: 47

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Susan Abdel-Rahman, PharmD

Professor Emeritus 
UMKC School of Medicine 
Chief Scientific Officer, HDSI 
Kansas City, MO, USA

Susan Abdel-Rahman, PharmD, is the Director of Health Care Innovation research within the Children’s Mercy Research Institute. Dr Rahman also holds an appointment as Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr Rahman has been involved in basic, applied and clinical research for 20 years, with grants and contracts funded by the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, National Endowment for the Arts, Pharmaceutical Industry and private foundations. She directs a laboratory-based research program emphasizing analytical chemistry and molecular genetics and leads a drug discovery program centered around anti-infectives. 

She has overseen dozens of clinical trials spanning the range from small, single-site pharmacokinetic studies to large population-based epidemiologic investigations. Over 28,000 participants have enrolled in studies for which Dr Rahman has served as the Principal Investigator. Dr Rahman is developing medical device software centered around clinician-driven decision support and has developed three physical medical devices The first medical device was cleared by the FDA in 2015 as a first-in-class device. Dr Rahman is actively engaged in patient care as part of the Clinical Pharmacology consult service and serves as the Principal Investigator and Program Director for an NIH funded T32 fellowship program in Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology.

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Bridget Little, BSc, PGDipDiet, NZRD

Advanced Clinician 
PICU Dietitian 
Starship Health 
Auckland, New Zealand
Bridget Little is an Advanced Clinician Paediatric Intensive Care Dietitian at Starship Child Health, New Zealand. She began working as a dietitian in 2001 and has had a diverse clinical career, including work in the New Zealand rural community and dietetic management roles. Bridget’s passion lies in the fields of paediatric critical care and intravenous nutrition, which she finds both challenging and rewarding. She enjoys the diversity and complexity of managing critical patient care, whilst working as part of a dynamic team focused on best outcomes for patients and their families.
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