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MUAC bands for identification of malnutrition

An effective method for the diagnosis of severe acute malnutrition is the measurement of the middle upper arm circumference (MUAC).
Current methods to measure MUAC in a pre-hospital setting is through the use of measuring tape indicators, which require users to be trained in how to apply, adjust the tightness and read the device properly.
This represents a challenge to using MUACs in many developing world contexts. This study explores the technical viability to overcome some of these challenges with conventional MUAC measurement methods using open source 3-D printable click-MUAC bands.

Michaels, R.E. and Pearce, J.M. (2017). 3-D printing open-source click-MUAC bands for identification of malnutrition. Public Health Nutrition, pp.1–4. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980017000726 open access

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